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Coil-Over Shocks...Advice

Ok, I have been busy checking out different kinds of Coil-overs and getting prices on them. The first places I checked out where Sway-Away and King and both of them are OUT!!!! I don't need that much travel (20-30") and I also don't want to pay $750+ per shock!!!

I did find to shocks that are reasonable priced and are both threaded coil-over shocks. Bilstein has there 6100 Series with 10" of travel and its comes with the spring seats and everything so I don't need an extra kit. ShockGuy.Com has the best price so far that I have found $131.95 which is really reasonable for a coil-over shock. I have also been looking at AFCO shocks and they are also threaded bodys only there are aluminum bodies. These shocks have 9" of travel and you have to buy the coil-over kit for them. The price for these shocks are $151.95 and then the kit for them costs $38.05. I know bilstein makes good shocks and they are cheaper than the AFCO's but I am just wondering what you guys think. The Bilstiens are $131 and the Afco's are $190. With both shock I have to buy springs for them and Eibach sounds like the place to go for them.

What do you guys think??? which ones?

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Re: Coil-Over Shocks...Advice

I have seen the bilsteins and I liked the way they look. As far as strength goes, I don't know. How thick are the shafts? I am going to go with the Sway-A-Way 3" coilovers that have a 1" shaft. I plan on getting a little air so I will be going with these extra heavy duty units. You basically just need to hold your front end up right?

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You know the springs are extra for bilstein right? Flip the leaf springs up side down and put an air bag in between the frame and spring to regulate height, run the longest ranchos you can find. See 1/4 elliptic post.

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Re: Coil-Over Shocks...Advice

Jason- The shafts are 5/8" think on the Bilsteins which is probably strong enough for what I want them for. They take 2 1/2" springs so I would guess the bodys are either 2" or 2 1/4". You are right in saying that all I need them for is to hold onto the axle.

Frank- Yeah, I know the springs are extra and they are only $50 a piece so thats not to bad and I can play around with springs to get my ride height where I want it. As for what you said....I can't and I don't want to do that. The reason I can't is because I am not alowed to run air bags and the reason I don't want to is because of how I am going to be running the truck. 85% of the guys are still running leaf springs on there trucks and the other 15% are running a setup like the Dodge trucks have with the 6" coil springs. The guys with the Link/coil setup like the Dodges are killing everyone else because they can make the trucks front end sit low when not pulling and then durring the pull the front lifts up from the weight of the sled and the Coils have enough travel to plant the tires in the track.
Now the reason I want to go with the Coil-Overs is because I will get 10+" of wheel travel and I can mix and match the coil springs to get the perfect set-up. What I want to have is have the shocks almost bottom out when the truck is just sitting before the pull making it nose down and a WHOLE LOT OF WEIGHT on those front tires. Then once the truck starts to pull and the weight from the sled starts to pull the rear down and the front up I will have 10+" of axle drop and thats more than enough to keep those 35's planted to the truck.

The key to winning in truck pulling is TRACTION and thats exactly what I am going to try to do....get the most I can!!!

Jason...do you think what I said will work? The 30" links will give me more than enough axle travel. That Dodge setup I was telling you about, they only use 17.5" links.


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