Coilover Conversion Document, complete info compilation
Over the past few days, I have been working on creating a document with all necessary and relevant information for the conversion. I have gone through all 50 pages of the coilover bracket thread HERE as well as the coilover sadness/madness thread HERE
What I have so far, with most all of the basic information covered completely, is HERE
It is NOT complete but is a work in progress. I am looking for input/proofreaders/fact checkers to make sure I am using correct terminology, am covering all the topics that I should, have no factual errors, and in general how helpful the document looks to be. I would also like someone who really doesn't know much about it to give it a look and see if it makes sense.
There are still incomplete sections, but you can see what I have planned in the table of contents at the beginning. My hope is that this document is very helpful to those interested in the swap and that it answers any questions that people may have. When it is complete, I will also be working on getting it into a sort of web page format, or something like that.
Great write up! Only thing I need to find out now is the extended/compressed length of a shock for STOCK height 4x4 Rangers. Anyone ever come across it? Found some exact dimensions, only to find out it was a superlifted truck.
well based off of availability from summit, I have shocks no lower than 13.75 compressed. shortest extended length is 18. which tells me you shouldn't need to extend past 18, or compress lower than 13.75
The fox 5.0 goes from 11.3 to 16.4, so does that mean you really don't need to extend more than 16.4?
Would the lengths not need to be slightly different between stock and coilover, or how close is the lower bracket to the stock lower shock mount?
In fact, the fox 6.5"s go from 12.85 to 19.35, which is really closer to stock specs. So wouldn't 6.5 work as well? would you ever need to have more compression on a stock setup?
Would the lengths not need to be slightly different between stock and coilover
Negligible difference given how little the front suspension actually moves inboard that far.
I would bet the travel at the shock mounting points are pretty pathetic on the stock trucks anyway. Of course, the travel will be more out at the wheel…but inboard at the shock mounting, my guess is that it may only be about 3-4" total travel. I would think the CV's are the limiting factor.
Plus you have to factor in the extended eyelet that's required - which essentially extends the indicated measurements (both collapsed & extended) on the Fox coilover.
hm. Well if the fox 6.5 works with a stock truck as well as a superlifted, then anyone doing coilovers before the superlift would just need new springs, right? you would be able to use both 10" or 12" with that shock?
Oh, I forgot about the extended eyelet. I guess that would add about 1.5" to everything i've said so far.
Even so, that means the fox 6.5 w/ eyelet, would then be about 14.35 to 20.85. Summit lists one shock that only compresses to 14.14 so that's pretty close. I guess its a risk nobody has yet been willing to take.
i will be doing this to my truck with in this month. i just put a super lift on my truck and its my dd/ and my snow ****. off road not very offten. looking to do this to gust get a better ride out of her. i will be trying to get the hardware kit the one you showed looks very well compleat and easy. as far as coils i have no f-n clue what or where to start i would like my truck to sit level with the super lift and ride good but would like to stay on the cheaper side for now. someone or every one tell me what to get and where to start. i have no preferance besides reliable and level as my truck is now maybe a little taller would be ok thanks a billion !!!