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Re: Rear Shocks, Where are you attaching them?
It depends on the type of upper rear mount you are using and your final axle position. A lot of the upper rear mounts on the market push the top shock mounting point forward about 1" to 1.5". If your axle has moved backwards an 1", this would keep the vertical plane of the mounting near correct with the shocks behind the axle. If the axle has not moved rearward then it creates some bind in the shock eye bushings. Your axle or the top mount would need to move an appropriate amount to keep this plane near vertical. Due to the width of the axle, this would be a significant location change of about 3" either at the top or rearward axle movement or a combination of both. From your description of your mount, I think simply moving the pin location to the front of the axle would result in more bind than benefit. My current suspension setup I am working on has the rear axle in it's normal position and the shocks mounted behind the axle at the bottom. It is mounted at the top on our multi position mount that only moves the mounting point forward by about 1/2" and the shocks are canted full inboard. My axle will drop fully when unloaded, even without the tire weight to fully extend the 32" DT800o shocks. With the shocks canted, it actually allows for more drop than if they were vertical since the shock is working through an arc instead of a straight line. This creates a an offset ratio, i.e. the axle drops 1" and the shock extends .75" (figures used for comaprison, not an exact figure). If you have the suspension flex or your shocks are limiting you, it might be more advantageous to move the lower point to the top of the axle and gain benefits there.
TGT - NCO