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Shocks for a lowered '54 Bel Air ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Westside Lefty, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Westside Lefty
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
    Posts: 332

    Westside Lefty
    from Venice

    So I dropped the ass of my Chevy 4 inches and the shocks bottomed out. The local parts store can't do anything unless it says to on the computer. Anybody have a suggestion for a rear shock that will work? Thanks in advance.
  2. DirtyTace
    Joined: Nov 19, 2005
    Posts: 484


    You can look up the stock specs on a shock manufacturers website - look up for example. It'll allow you to reference your stock shock, then go to the specifications guide and find your stock shock's measurements and compare them with a shock that is roughly 4" shorter (or measure and estimate yourself) and get the part number. Make sure the ends are the same.

    I just did this and it worked out well.
  3. HotrodTrash
    Joined: Sep 21, 2006
    Posts: 306

    from Hanford,ca

    You could always check out or fbi minis, they sale all that suspension stuff for lowered trucks and such. Or just call Gambino Kustoms( he is an alliance vender here) and he'll know exactly what shock you need. If your a alliance member he'll give you 10% off too!
  4. Westside Lefty
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
    Posts: 332

    Westside Lefty
    from Venice

    Thanks fellas. I'd hate to bug Mr.G for a set o' shocks. I'll try the monroe route...

  5. Chebby belair
    Joined: Apr 17, 2006
    Posts: 830

    Chebby belair
    from Australia

    Sure its your shocks bottoming out? I took 4 outta the ass of my 54 H/T by de arching the springs and its usually the snub rubbers hitting.
  6. cretin
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,876


    I went the monroe route when I bagged mine, found some that fit perfect and bought the Napa equvilent.
  7. Big Tony
    Joined: Mar 29, 2006
    Posts: 3,590

    Big Tony

    I measured what i needed and went to an old parts store and went to measuring what i needed. I also went with some air shocks so when i need to haul some weight in the trunk, like cooloers chairs and such i could use the air to keep from hitting and it works really well...just some food for thought... good luck
  8. stewedscrewdtattood
    Joined: Oct 20, 2006
    Posts: 408


    or try toxic shocks website tell them exactly what u need great shocks for lowerd vehicles
  9. Custom54
    Joined: Feb 20, 2006
    Posts: 804


    Like Chebby Bel Air says, I took over six inches out of mine and used new stock shocks with no problem. It may be something else hitting like the snub rubbers or axle to frame, you may need a c-notch.
  10. Westside Lefty
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
    Posts: 332

    Westside Lefty
    from Venice

    OK....I better get under there again. Thanks.
  11. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,746

    Jalopy Joker

    Yep. the rubber stops are likely hitting. Cut them down real short, but do not eliminate them. If you have changed rear ends the axle tubes may not be hitting factory stops. Get a pair of the threaded urethane type stops from off road shop. I got some at Pep Boys Auto Parts. Also, as added protection from bottoming out when people in back seat I installed a set of coil springs that bolt on over your stock shocks. Got those at Pep Boys too.
  12. jamesgs4
    Joined: Aug 22, 2007
    Posts: 253

    from denver

    i cut my bumpstops down to 1/2 inch. also if you used drop blocks, dont you need longer shocks instead of shorter ones?
  13. BadLuck
    Joined: Jan 7, 2006
    Posts: 3,055


    I bought the Napa ones for my 52 also....Response Shocks part #94095...good luck!:)

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