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Air shocks (Saturday afternoon project)

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So the wife went out of town this weekend and I finally got some time to take this project on.

 

The shocks are Gabriel Hi Jackers off a 2005 Silverado 2wd. Extended and compressed lengths are very close to stock.

 

This project starts with making the shocks fit. The top mount needs a bushing machined to fit the stock 12mm bolt. The bottom mount needs to be reamed open to 5/8". If you need to ask how to do this then this project probably isn't for you.

 

Bolt on the new shocks, route the air lines to a convenient area and enjoy your new ride height. I mounted the air valve in the rear cubby on the passenger side of the vehicle. It's convenient to get to and out of sight.

 

I measured the stock ride height at 19" to the trailer hitch with no load. After I sat on the bumper (~225lbs of dead weight) this dropped to 17 1/2". With 50 PSI in the shocks the unloaded ride height increased to 21". With me on the bumper this dropped to 19 1/2". This should let me load up with 3 friends and a weekends worth of camping gear and not have to drive on the bumpstops.

 

Photobucket is not coperating tonight so no pictures yet. I'll try again in the morning. I think I covered the majority of the details, if anyone has specific questions let me know and I'll do my best to answer.

 

Bigmatt

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thanks for posting this info...but i think it should be moved to the WD21 section...

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thanks for posting this info...but i think it should be moved to the WD21 section...

 

 

Nope, This is on a 2001 R50 5 speed. As far as I've read this hasn't been done before so I figured I'd do a quick overview.

 

Bigmatt

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Sounds like a promising mod. Hopefully, you can post some pics of your work. :aok:

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Interesting. Are your springs wre out possibly?

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Nope, This is on a 2001 R50 5 speed. As far as I've read this hasn't been done before so I figured I'd do a quick overview.

 

Bigmatt

Ah my apologizes...i saw 1987 in your little profile thingy so i assumed you had an 87 pathy. but now i see you have a '01 with a 5speed.

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Ok, finally got the pictures loaded up. Yes, my existing springs are wore out and so were my shocks. With this mod I was able to replace the shocks and fix the sagging rear end for $80

 

First is the shocks installed. Not very impressive, they just bolted into the stock location. I only took pictures of the Passenger side. The shocks will also fit around the AC lines on the drivers side

DSCN0088.jpg

 

Next is the stock ride height

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Air shocks at 50 psi. Ride height increased by 2"

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And here is where I routed the air lines to. I picked up the compressor for $25 at Kmart. It has an automatic shutoff at a set pressure so I should be able to set the pressure and leave it plugged in in the rear storage area. If it works the way I want it to, it'll air up the shocks to 30 psi every time I turn on the ignition.

DSCN0092-1.jpg

 

Bigmatt

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nice setup. simpler version of what most car makers put out from the factory.

 

 

also, since your like me, into cheap upgrades, have you looked into the jeep spring conversion?

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My understanding was the jeep springs were for a subframe drop (4.5" of lift). I did consider replacing the spring with OME's, but I would still have needed new shocks. If I was going to keep the vehicle long term I would probably have gone OME's all the way around, but home ownership has made me wish for a truck for a couple of years now. Probably going to pick one up in a year or two and trade in the pathy. Next weekend I will replace the struts call it good for suspension upgrades.

 

Bigmatt

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you can use the stock jeep springs to sit close to stock height, as they have a higher spring rate. the sub drop thing is for jeep LIFT springs.

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