View Full Version : Measuring for Shocks

02-01-2006, 06:30 PM
I need to pick up some shocks soon. I still have the stock shock mounting location in front, but that will change shortly and I need to pick up some for the back which aren't in the stock location. What is the rule of thumb when measuring for shocks to make sure you get the right length?

02-01-2006, 06:36 PM
Install the new mounts. remove the shocks. Then take the rig to a ditch and park diagonally. Make sure it is deep enough to put two opposite tires in the air. Measure the extended distance (drooped tires) and teh compressed distance (stuffed tires). Add an inch to the extended measurement and subtract an inch from teh compressed length. Then give those measurements to Brent at Trailtough, or your local autozone/pepboys/kragen counter monkey... whichever end of the buget your on that week.

02-01-2006, 09:06 PM
ebay usually has some good deals on shocks made by several manufacturers.

02-01-2006, 09:50 PM
I've got some Gabriel Gas Ryder LT VST's and they are LONG & CHEEP!

I got them at AUTO ZONE. The Part number is "Gabriel/springfi G63438"

They are 19.99 each and measure out at 31" extended and 17.5" compressed!
Not too bad.

02-01-2006, 10:46 PM
Thanks! Good info guys!