So what's the difference between front and rear shocks? When I Google this question, it brings me to current issues of struts vs. tube shocks. Obviously that's not my inquiry. When talking the typical tube shocks, aside from manner of mounting, what is really the difference from front to rear? Is it a rate difference, of rebound and "soft vs hard"? Is it something more significant than just ride quality? My question stems from an issue I'm currently having with an air ride install on my 61 Olds. The factory shock must be relocated due to the bag going where the coil and shock used to be. No problem. In measuring my articulation, fully deflated vs fully inflated, I'm going to need a shock that has about 9" of stroke. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be many front shocks that have that much articulation. On the other hand, there are many common rear shocks that have a similar amount of stroke, and even have the grommet and through-bolt attachment at both ends, which will help with mounting and keeping the overall length as short as possible. Would using a shock intended for a rear suspension application be problematic in front suspension? Here is a mock up with no spring in place to determine travel.