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will a triple shock set up work for me?

Well once i get a beater to be my daily driver im gonna start adding on my truck. i decided to keep it for an off road rig. But my ? was if I was able to run a triple shock set up in the front. The kit is here http://www.rockymountainsusp.com/W_multipleshk_Ford.htm. I have a 1996,ford,ranger,4x4. just wondering thats all. Or if there are cheaper ones or pics would be kool! lemm know!?
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Looks like overkill. What is wrong with the current shock setup you have now?
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wows triple shocks? you could probly make it work but why not just get better shocks..
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Looks like overkill. What is wrong with the current shock setup you have now?
nuthin. Just when i get my beater i want to go over kil on it. Triple shocks up front,double in rear,gears, the whole 9 yards. I mean why not?
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dood, u keep coming up with these wacky ideas...u dont need triple or even doulbe shocks unless ur gunna be doing a lot of suspension cycling. single shocks are adequate for most driving situations.
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my truck will not be a daily driver anymore. i WILL BE MAKING THIS INTO A Semi tuff TRAIL RIG. Wicked ideas or not, like i always say, "it's just money" Have fun while ya can. Ya live and learn i guess
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id say the money and use it for some gears or a traction aiding device...or even some good recovery equipment...recovery equipment.
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yeah that sounds good. But as long as i got some one to pull me out im fine till then. But gears and locksers and all that will be coming.
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Yeah idk about the 3x shock idea. Money could be spent better elsewhere. If you're gonna wheel wharton there really isnt need for 3x shocks. Even the jeepers running 37s use one shock in most cases. Only maybe would a F250 with 37s i see running multiple shocks around here. You're a Ranger with 33s. Not that that's a bad thing, but go with a winch, a locker, custom body armor, a snorkel...something...even dropping in a 302...anything but triple shocks!!!
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my dads F150 had quad shocks in front and it rides rougher and has less flex then mine.
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Ill be going up to 35-36's once i level it out, but i was just wondering if the would work? I think it would look kool ya know. jw thats all. trying to get some ideas before i get my beater and working on the truck.
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I think everyone else has kind of beat around the bush when saying it, so I'm just gonna level with you:

You asked about double shocks up front before. We told you it would be pointless, a waste of money, and probably even detrimental. Now you want to ask about 3 shocks? Are you not paying any attention? If you ask for advice once you should heed that advice. If you're not going to listen, what's the point in asking? And why should we bother telling you?

3 shocks would be a complete waste on your truck, even if you're running it as a 'semi-tough trail rig.' Look at Jey's truck... he doesn't run ANY shocks in the front, and I'd say he's about 800 times past 'semi-tough.' Please, if you're going to ask all these questions about shocks and steering stabilizers and whatnot, get an understanding of what they do and how they work. Then you'll be able to answer your own silly questions. It's just been my observation, but you seem to come up with ideas that you think would LOOK cool rather than function properly.
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I think everyone else has kind of beat around the bush when saying it, so I'm just gonna level with you:

You asked about double shocks up front before. We told you it would be pointless, a waste of money, and probably even detrimental. Now you want to ask about 3 shocks? Are you not paying any attention? If you ask for advice once you should heed that advice. If you're not going to listen, what's the point in asking? And why should we bother telling you?

3 shocks would be a complete waste on your truck, even if you're running it as a 'semi-tough trail rig.' Look at Jey's truck... he doesn't run ANY shocks in the front, and I'd say he's about 800 times past 'semi-tough.' Please, if you're going to ask all these questions about shocks and steering stabilizers and whatnot, get an understanding of what they do and how they work. Then you'll be able to answer your own silly questions. It's just been my observation, but you seem to come up with ideas that you think would LOOK cool rather than function properly.
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I think everyone else has kind of beat around the bush when saying it, so I'm just gonna level with you:

You asked about double shocks up front before. We told you it would be pointless, a waste of money, and probably even detrimental. Now you want to ask about 3 shocks? Are you not paying any attention? If you ask for advice once you should heed that advice. If you're not going to listen, what's the point in asking? And why should we bother telling you?

3 shocks would be a complete waste on your truck, even if you're running it as a 'semi-tough trail rig.' Look at Jey's truck... he doesn't run ANY shocks in the front, and I'd say he's about 800 times past 'semi-tough.' Please, if you're going to ask all these questions about shocks and steering stabilizers and whatnot, get an understanding of what they do and how they work. Then you'll be able to answer your own silly questions. It's just been my observation, but you seem to come up with ideas that you think would LOOK cool rather than function properly.
m with gearhead on this one, 2 or 3 shocks is useless for your application. just buy 1 good shock and be done with it. you know where you see multi shocks setups? The Mall.
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I think everyone else has kind of beat around the bush when saying it, so I'm just gonna level with you:

You asked about double shocks up front before. We told you it would be pointless, a waste of money, and probably even detrimental. Now you want to ask about 3 shocks? Are you not paying any attention? If you ask for advice once you should heed that advice. If you're not going to listen, what's the point in asking? And why should we bother telling you?

3 shocks would be a complete waste on your truck, even if you're running it as a 'semi-tough trail rig.' Look at Jey's truck... he doesn't run ANY shocks in the front, and I'd say he's about 800 times past 'semi-tough.' Please, if you're going to ask all these questions about shocks and steering stabilizers and whatnot, get an understanding of what they do and how they work. Then you'll be able to answer your own silly questions. It's just been my observation, but you seem to come up with ideas that you think would LOOK cool rather than function properly.
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Buy a winch or a really nice set of Bilstien 5100s... If you really wanna go hardcore you could do the SAS.

You don't have to build up your truck like a tank... And just remember, when there are more parts to break, you will probably break more parts... or something like that... you get the point.

To tell the truth, I wish I hadn't wasted most of my money on a Westin Bull bar and then a Waag bar, cause I'm about to get rid of it. I really wish I had spent my money on a lift of some sort and tires. If I had, I would probably be on my way to installing a locker in the near future... Now I gotta save up for a while, a long while.
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Yeah idk about the 3x shock idea. Money could be spent better elsewhere. If you're gonna wheel wharton there really isnt need for 3x shocks. Even the jeepers running 37s use one shock in most cases. Only maybe would a F250 with 37s i see running multiple shocks around here. You're a Ranger with 33s. Not that that's a bad thing, but go with a winch, a locker, custom body armor, a snorkel...something...even dropping in a 302...anything but triple shocks!!!
I don't know, Mike, I could have used some more shock on that jump I did, lol...
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Well, yeah, maybe... I've bottomed out my 31s doing jumps... Although my shocks are stock...

One of my next upgrades is lift/shocks.
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Actually I was on Rancho RSX's and really they landed me quite well and have been serving me overall VERY well -- I'm just having fun.

My '79 Dana 44 comes with mounts for dual shocks. I'll be able to run dual fronts if I need to.

The main reason is to distribute the load between two lower rate shocks in order to reduce heating of the shock and delay shock fade when cycling a lot. I was freaking out my nephew on the "whoops" on one trail by hopping the truck like a kangaroo. Those are the situations where multiple, lower rate shocks (equaling one normal rate shock) would have been good.

It's not just to get higher rates -- it's to distribute the load and reduce fade.
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Get em so i can have a cheap laugh.
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why not just run something like this takes care of shock fade and they look cool if that is what your after.

5150 Series

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Primarily because of cost. Multiple cheaper shocks can give you the fade benefits (except for the awesome travel external reservoirs give you -- more stroke length) at a much lower cost -- IF you have the mounts already. The cost of adding the mounts can wipe out the benefit.

For me, with the F-150 axle, the mounts are already included and mounting them is cheap.

Really, really good hardware is fantastic. But sometimes you can get 70% of the benefit for 30% of the cost. For some of us, it's a good choice.

I wouldn't make fun of multiple shock setups. Those who run them down generally don't know how to size or set them up, and therefore don't understand how they can be of benefit.
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I don't know, Mike, I could have used some more shock on that jump I did, lol...
haha..well, more shock and more shocks are two different things
but you were probably correct in saying more shock.

You went over one big jump. From what you said about the purpose of dual shocks its to get the same shock rate from multiple shocks to reduce fade. Wouldn't fade be an issue only if you were jumping multiple jumps?

Instead of multiple shocks, you could have used one larger & longer shock. Maybe a reservoir shock with a larger bore - get more travel and move the fluid outside the bore to help with the fade issue.
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