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Max lift for stock shocks?

I have a '08 2wd with 4" in the front and 2" in the rear. I'm planning on putting 33s on but if they have any rubbing I'm most likely going to put a small coil spacer in the front and an add a leaf in the rear. I still have the stock shocks on but I'm wondering if I'm going to need to buy longer shocks. Could someone tell me what the max lift is for these?

Also if I do need new shocks, what would be a good extension length and shock brand. I heard Bilstein 5100s are the best but I can't find any that are extended for a lift. Any help would be great
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my rear Monroe shocks that I took off are 11 inch travel. My truck is a 2001 xlt 4x4. The extended length was 26.375 and the collapsed length is 15.375. I'm not positive of the length on youre 2wd. My 1997 2wd had 2 inch shorter shocks on the rear than my 4wd. I would just jack it up until the shock is extended all the way and measure it. I bought fox 2.0 remote res shocks for the back of mine> they are 10 inch travel and it said they were ok for a 2 to 3 inch lift I believe. they are 26.1 inches extended and 16.1 inches collapsed. As you can see they are almost the same dimensions as the ones I took off. these dimensions should help you in determining a length. ithink people like the billsteins. theyre a good shock. I personally like fox. they make a direct replacement that is a lot cheaper than the remote res ones that I bought. I have the fox coilover remote res shocks on the front is why I got them for the rear. I hope this helps you.
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Ok that clears things up thanks
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My 5100s for the back are off an f250. It mounts the same as a ranger shock and is longer. As far as a bilstein, fronts would have to be stock length. They don't have an extended option.
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My 5100s for the back are off an f250. It mounts the same as a ranger shock and is longer. As far as a bilstein, fronts would have to be stock length. They don't have an extended option.
Little bit of a thread highjack but I have the same shocks and the ride quality went to **** after i put those shocks on. Did you notice if they were really stiff also?
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My 5100s for the back are off an f250. It mounts the same as a ranger shock and is longer. As far as a bilstein, fronts would have to be stock length. They don't have an extended option.
If the front Bilsteins are the same as stock then how do people with a huge suspension lift use them? Are they just maxed out all the time?
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I know some guys made spacers for the shocks way back when to use.
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You mean to extend the shock?
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2 ways ive seen it.

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the other way is building a lower mount for the shock to use a typical hoop end. Kinda like what the coilover lower mount looks like. dont have a picture of it
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That block is probably the most ingenious thing I've ever seen
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A spindle lift keeps the shock at the same height as stock. It just moves the snout down. I'm running ranger bilstein 4600s in the front and never had a problem.
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I never knew that. So currently my shock is at the length it's always been? So I should be able to add a spacer no problem right?
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Yes, but I wouldn't do more than an inch.
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that spacer looks like a great idea for the front. I got a 2 1/2 inch lift in the back and the stock length I told you about is still working fine.
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also procomp makes an adapter to convert a normal eyelet shock end to a stem mount. I'm not completely positive but I think the part number is 690002 and it takes up 2 inches of space. so you could buy shocks with eyelet ends the length you want. I thought billstein makes the stem adapter as well but I could be wrong. I cant find it now but I could of swore I saw the barpin for sale somewhere to convert the normal eyelet end to the style of the front lower shock mount on the ranger.
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they don't look bad. hopefully someone chimes in that has used them. I found the billstein part # for the stem adapter, its 192228 and they also make the crossbar adapter, 411338 is the part # for the one with 3 inch spacing of the bolts and its 411337 for the one with 2 inch spacing. this way you could buy any shock you want of the correct length.
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is youre truck torsion bars or coil springs?
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is youre truck torsion bars or coil springs?
Coils
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k. ill look around and see what I can find
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you're in luck, for 2wd (SLA) the torsion bar style shocks are longer than the coil ones. no extensions or brackets needed. your front shocks are also the same dimensions as a Crown Vic from about 98, opens up a few possibilities. the lower cross pin will need very minor hole massaging.


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nice. I never measured my stock front ones when I took them out to see if they were longer than my 2wd. I just did the back because I was gonna put the brand new set that I had bought for my 2wd and never used in my 4wd till I realized they were 2 inches shorter, I wonder if the front for a 2wd are shorter than the front for a 4 wd.
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