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Old 02-03-2009
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A few questions about shocks

I case it matters, I have a '97 STX 4x4. I noticed the other day that my front driver side shock is no longer attached to the frame of my truck. It's just sitting there sticking straight up still attached on the bottom. It looks as though the threads are still okay, so maybe the nut just worked it's way loose. (?). So here's my questions:

1) Am I in any danger driving it like this?

2) Is there an easy way to determine what size nut I need to put back on?

3) About how long do shocks last before needing replaced?

4) I have a 6" suspension lift with Rancho shocks so how do I determine what size/length I would need if I wanted to replace them?

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Scott
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Yes you are in danger. DO NOT DRIVE LIKE THAT!!

You need to figure out what the up/down travel is on the truck then buy shocks accordingly. Most do this with a forklift.

And from my personal experience, Rancho's SUCK!
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Just completely out of my own ignorance, what's the danger? Could I somehow get into an accident, or something? Or is there just a danger of maybe damaging other parts?

Can anyone else help with my other questions?

Thanks.
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fix that asap, your at a higher risk of losing control especially in an evasive manouver.

If you cant wrap your head around why it isnt safe... im sure you will find out the hard way pretty soon.
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fix that asap, your at a higher risk of losing control especially in an evasive manouver.

If you cant wrap your head around why it isnt safe... im sure you will find out the hard way pretty soon.
I'm sure I can't "wrap my head around why it isn't safe" because I'm not a car guy and don't know these things. That's why I asked here. Thanks for the advice.
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