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Technical Has anyone removed the dust shields from modern shocks to look more traditional?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by cobra5laddict, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. cobra5laddict
    Joined: Mar 18, 2014
    Posts: 59

    from denver

    Just curious. I don’t see why not. Opinions?
  2. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,307


    Go for it.
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  3. I have done it on 4wd trucks no problems
  4. I've done it. No problems at all. The one's on the front of my Roadster had the dust covers removed. I built it in 94 and they're still on it. 100_1092.JPG
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  5. Torana68
    Joined: Jan 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,025

    from Australia

    Aren’t the dust shields the way to go? I don’t remember many shocks without the shields till the 70’s
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  6. I think shocks look more traditional with the dust covers, like they were years ago.
  7. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 2,650


    With our race cars 60's/70's before we bought custom race shocks, started in late 70's we always cut covers off so we could put on tie wraps to watch shock travel. On my Roadster had chrome Carrera, 32 had chrome PRO shocks, no dust covers. IMO on Hot Rods, shocks look better without covers.
  8. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,102


    More history being re-written.
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  9. DUST COVERS....very traditional for me back in 1951
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  10. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,149


    I couldn’t begin to tell you how long I spent looking, specifically for shocks with dust covers, - hard to find at times down here !
    All because I thought that they looked more traditional.
  11. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
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  12. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,209

    The Shift Wizard

    Do one of each. Make everybody happy. :rolleyes:
  13. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 912


    Took them off the front shocks on the roadster. I got to thinking about shock travel so did what we used to do on the sprint car. I took tie wraps and put them on the shafts and slid them down to the body, pulled them tight and didn't cut the tails off. I for got about them but I got reminded at every show and cruise in I went to by people trying to figure out why I had untrimmediately tie wraps 2" up the shaft from the body. I have over 20k miles and no leakage or road rash on the exposed shafts so far.
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  14. The only new shocks I found for my application had dust covers, but I had to machine the weld off to remove the cover, as the cover was too big to fit through the hole in the bottom "A" arm (the original shocks had no dust covers)
  15. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
    Posts: 3,816

    Automotive Stud

    I just went through some pictures I had really quick, I didn't see a single old photo with uncovered shocks unless you count lever shocks.

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  16. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,520


    I cut the covers off of my 32 coupe in '78. Later replaced them with cover on shocks. Don't remember why.As far as I know the same shocks are still on it.

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  17. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 455


    In my mind's eye, no dust cover shocks make the front end of a fenderless car look lighter/cleaner.
  18. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,218

    rusty rocket

    image.jpg image.jpg I ordered SoCal s for my project, dust covers are very traditional.
  19. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,209

    The Shift Wizard

    Obviously, this is one of those details that can flop either way. Just do what appeals to you most and no one is going to give you any grief about it.
    Photos of the vehicle are expected, however. :)
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