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Differential Shock Absorber

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by tobybul, April 28, 2012.

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  1. Highflow50

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    I had to take mine off after I did my lift. Always wondered if a longer one was made.
     
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  3. swshawaii

    swshawaii Elite Explorer

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    That's a REALLY good point. Don't recall fifth shock travel and valving mentioned for lifts or drops before. :scratch:
     
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    Well the damper doesn't extend or contract a lot with up and down movement of the axle. So I imagine a really creative person could engineer an extension So the stock size shock would still work with an average lift.

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    Mine was completely shot when I removed it. Is the 5th shock a gas pressurized unit?
     
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    I don't recall, but most likely it is.
     
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    Mine isn't, couldn't tell you if it's original but it probably is.

    You could rig up an extension for the mounting system as mentioned above; I'd prefer to custom fit a Watt's Link, it would do the same thing but better.
     
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    An extension to the bracket might not even be necessary.

    They could probably measure old vs new distance, then call Monroe and have them look up what would fit length wise. If you have an afternoon to spend you can almost DIY by just varying the last two digits on the following URL, keeping in mind that the travel will automatically be longer but bushing size and bolt diameter aren't necessarily deal breakers, depends on one's willingness to mod a bit:
    http://www.monroe.com/en-US/catalog/e-Catalog/SC2958
     
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    Look at crown Victoria interceptors , they came with a watts link setup , I have been looking at it myself
     
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    Do they have an 8.8 diff?
     
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    Yes but its coil sprung instead of leaf
     
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    Interesting. It would be nice to figure out what shock would be best for guys with a TT and Shackle and or AAL since that's so popular.

    I'm going to go through this and see what I can find. I searched "SC29" and it brings up all of what may be possible to work far as I can tell.

    http://www.monroe.com/en-US/catalog/Part-Search


    Well in my non professional opinion I'd say this one is the closest. Not sure it will work or not though.

    http://www.monroe.com/en-US/catalog/e-Catalog/SC2941
     
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    You could use the diff cover for the Watt's Link central pivot mount though couldn't you?
    Or does it mount to the diff housing?
     
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    They have a boss cast above the pinion for the stud that the center link mounts on
     
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    That's unfortunate, otherwise you could have just used the cover.

    It's still relatively easy to make a mount that bolts on where the cover does.
     
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    The angle it will be different, different from horizontal, so the functionality will be diminished.
     
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    i replaced all for of myb shocks on my V6 95 ford explorer with bilstein shocks and noticed a huge difference in handling and control. i haven't replaced the 5th shock yet but i noticed that turning at low or fast speed my rear tires don't get enough traction. i was told repare the 5th shock will help fix this issue
     
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    IMO, after tires and shocks the best street handling and safety upgrade you can do is a stronger rear sway bar.
    Too bad Explorer Express discontinued their X-Spec rear sway bar, probably the single highest regarded handling
    mod on EF for street driven trucks. Here's info for the Bilstein axle damper if you haven't found it yet. GL

    https://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=3019960&postcount=10

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/compatibility-chart/B001UFRW4G?ie=UTF8&i=225
    http://www.amazon.com/Addco-633-Sway-Bar-Kit/dp/B000CFBDHM
     
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    ^ @Koda - It's not pressurized (because is designed for horizontal mounting it has a special "cell" structure).
     
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    Has anyone found a good replacement for the 2" lifted trucks? I've been tossing the idea around of throwing one back on to see if it makes a difference. I can't seem to find the 639 I think it was that trailmaster used to make so I'm guessing they stopped making it.
     

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