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RCD shock and mount numbers.

Discussion in 'Modified 1995-2001 Explorers' started by AMMO_HOOAH, May 8, 2007.

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  1. cmax13007

    cmax13007 Active Member

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    Yes I lost all the CAD models. I took the bottom mount of and measured it last week. I can finish it up and get it on here if you guys need it. I just have to find my hand sketch of the top mount. I am going crazy with this conversion. Putting C/O in the rear too. I will post an update soon!!

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  3. AMMO_HOOAH

    AMMO_HOOAH Active Member

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    Sorry you lost all your stuff man, and I know I'd love to get a schematic of the brackets. It's not like I need them anytime really soon, so whenever you get to it works for me. Keep up the good work :thumbsup:
     
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    Whats the reasoning behind that? And how is it set up?
     
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    Well, I have just not had the success with the 8.5 C/O up front that I was hoping. It just the wrong shock for the front, in my application. Therefore, I plan to put them in the back and use the 6.5" C/O in the front. Eventually, it will be a 3 link rear. I am just trying to use them up. Then I have a good ride all around. I just have to engineer my shock mounts for the rear points and see if the travel will be long enough. So far, everything is ok as long as I mount the bottom of the shock on top of the rear axle tube. I need to look into it further.

    White96x, the 8.0 will probably work for your application because you have the camburg 6.0 setup.

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    well i've had the coilovers on for about a year now...they're perfect for me the only thing i need to mess with is the spring rate...but why don't you just sell the 8.5 for some 6.5's i think it will be more trouble to keep them and force them to work in a three link it' s, as i'm sure you know, a lot of time/money/design..besides it's not like you're racing baja...
     
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    Well, I go to the sand dunes a few times a year. Good times!! Anyways, coilovers are not just for baja. I have always planned on going with coilovers all around and mines well. The 8.5 C/O will work for my rear with a few mounting modifications. Nothing extreme and the 6.5 is way cheaper than the 8.5" coilovers. I am going to do the engineering before I buy anything just to make sure its worth it.

    Say...did you get your new springs in yet?


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    Those 8.5" coilovers will be to short for a rear application using a 3 link, and probably even with a leaf spring setup if unhook your sway bar.
     
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    i second that...for multiple reasons....
    and i know c/o's in the rear aren't strictly for baja i was just trying to make the point that with c/o up front and leafs in the rear you'll still do great in the sand...
    And no, i haven't gotten the new springs on yet, probably won't be until summer when i'm back home...but the plans for summer are: 2.0 air bump up front, swap the springs, and build an under the floor rear hoop and run a 2.5" shock...
     
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    And when you add your current coils with the springs you have plus rear leafs = an incredibly crappy ride.
     
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    Wait, wait....i had to reread it, you said 3 link eventually...? so you're planning on running coilovers with leaf springs....thats ridiculous, if you're that concerned with ride quality get some deavers or national leaf springs and run a shock that is revalveable that way you can dial it in rather than wasting time/money on tabbing your rearend to run a coilover and feeling that you 'have' to use the 8.5" coilovers just b/c you have them(sell them and buy some 2.5" diam shocks)...i think you will be very unhappy if you try to run a coilover and a leaf spring at the same time...
     
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    Guys, Guys, Guys......I do not plan to run the springs with the coilovers. Just the shock until the I do go to a 3 link setup. I plan to use the stock upper rear shock mount with an easy bolt in coilover mount. I will remove the rear sway bar and use that as a lower mount. This is temporary!! If I sell the 8.5's I will loose money on my investment. If I invest a few more bucks I will improve the ride quality in the rear. The superlift shocks are gone!! Let me get some pictures for visuals.

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    ok well that makes a lot more sense...so essentially youre just going to be running a threaded body shock in the rear....done and done!
     
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    on rcd what are the lateral compression strut bars???? they come with 2 and connect to the rear cross member. We dont need these if we plan to do this converison? what are they used for anyways?
     
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    They're used as extra support for the front cross members. Keeps the whole front from getting pushed back under the truck. Honestly I don't plan on jumping mine or hitting the dunes really hard, so I don't see a need for them. However, if I was I'd probably just make my own braces. That's really not hard, and I'm sure the RCD ones are ridiculously expensive.
     
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    Well i have a superlifted Ranger and i just called up RCD yesterday and i have all those brackets on order!!! I should be seeing these come in the mail next week. Now its time to pick me up some 750lbs hypercoils and some Fox Sturts!!! :)
     
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    Rock on man. Did you get the braces too, or just the shock stuff?
     
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    For now i only got the brackets, no braces!!! If i have to ill make some to better support that rear crossmember. Shouldnt be too hard nor expensive, plus i know how to weld sooo I think im good to go! If all else fails i could always price those RCD braces if need be but for now i dont see the need for them!
     
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    Sounds like you've got a plan then. I was thinking the other day that when I get around to doing this (need and engine first) I might just use the t-bars as braces. Cut em to length and weld some mounting flanges on the ends so they bolt up where I'd want em. Again this was just a quick thought in the middle of a really boring class lol. I still don't think I'll need them though.
     
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    Those T bars are HEAVY.. Use tubing instead.
     
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