Shocks and Shock Hoops
Before installing our shock hoops, unload your truck and move it to level ground. If you have installed new springs, keep in mind that after a few trail runs the springs will settle about an inch. It's worthwhile to at least drive your truck around your neighborhood for a mile or so to encourage the new springs to settle in ... however they won't fully break in until they have been cycled and articulated after a few trail runs.
With the truck unloaded and on level ground, position our shock hoop on the frame near the top of the inner wheel well. The shock mount of the hoop should be directly over the shock mount of the axle. Tack-weld the shock hoop into position. Test fit your shock and measure it's visible shaft length. The ideal position for our shock hoops is such that 40% of the shock shaft is exposed beneath the shock tube/body. Please refer to the following as a basic guideline:
- If you have 10" shocks, you'd want approximately 3.75" of shock shaft visible.
- If you have 12" shocks, you'd want approximately 4.75" of shock shaft visible.
- If you have 14" shocks, you'd want approximately 5.50" of shock shaft visible.
- You can do one side at a time as described above, or tack-weld both hoops onto each side at the same time to get a better overall feel for the job. Even with pressurized shocks, because the hoops are being test-fitted with the shock installed, the change of suspension height is already largely accounted for. Therefore, feel free to do one side at a time!
- Do not weld with your shocks near your work. Weld splatter could potentially land on the shock shaft which would mar the finish and cause accelerated wear or failure to the shock's internal seals which may result in a loss of shock pressure and/or shock oil. Additionally, weld spatter may damage the chrome, brushed, or painted finish on the shock body. You should always be mindful of your surroundings while welding. You'll also have brake/clutch lines and other items to be mindful of.
- It is standard practice to connect the shock body end to the hoop and the shock shaft end to the axle. If you want to run your shocks as what would be considered upside-down, then we recommend you check with your shock manufacture to ensure the shock will still operate properly. Keep in mind you might run into shock body interference with the axle shock mount, or other interference with your disc rotor backing plate brake line mount.