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My ride has old air shocks on rear.. Now that I changed to normal size tires, how bad will the ride be if no air is added to shocks. I added springover shocks on my last one to stiffen ride. What's the word out there? Leave it alone or upgrade for this weekend cruiserCool

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not2old;13582 Wrote:My ride has old air shocks on rear.. Now that I changed to normal size tires, how bad will the ride be if no air is added to shocks. I added springover shocks on my last one to stiffen ride. What's the word out there? Leave it alone or upgrade for this weekend cruiserCool
I never liked the concept of old style air shocks on a passenger car unless it was a station wagon or something used for hauling extra weight..Most of the guys back in the day did it to get the back end of the car up for that "high boy raked look" My thought is with todays technolgy I would go with a quality stock shock since it's going to be weekend cruiser.


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I agree with Qcode,go with a good quality stock type shock.
If you need to run the air shocks for a while there is a minimum air preasure.If my memory is right the old Gabrial Hyjackers were a 20lb minimum

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i had them in my late teen year and i kept them on, only because i havne't messed around back there in a while since i replaced all my suspension. but i will say, they are pieces of junk and are only good for the air lifting.

once i get the brakes and tires on. i'm replacing those pieces of shit and installing some good ones. and not to mention i'm going to need to replace at minimum the sway bar bushings on them at the end links. might need to upgrade the thickness of the front and rear sway bars to handle the fat pig 460. the subframe connectors along ain't doing it along with my 620 front springs and 5 leaf in the rear. its doing alot better but could be better with sway bars thicker than OEM.
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I´m using the Gabriel Stock (even they still came in red paint) Shocks on the back as on the front... I can tell you the car fells comfortable... not too soft or anything like that.

Some friends are using K&B Gas Shocks and for my experience, they are too rigid to use in a car that´s not made to race the streets.

We don´t have much choces here in Uruguay so, that´s what i can tell you... good luck! Tongue



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For what you are doing any good quality shock will work fine. Shocks are like all other parts, you can spend as much as you want. An adjustable shock is nice if you want to fine tune the ride and handling characteristics.

Chuck
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I think you need some air in them. Mine run around 80-100 psi. When I bought the car it had air shocks than wore out. I put a set of KYB gas adjust on but did not like the ride. Back to air shocks.

mik e


My ride has old air shocks on rear.. Now that I changed to normal size tires, how bad will the ride be if no air is added to shocks. I added springover shocks on my last one to stiffen ride. What's the word out there? Leave it alone or upgrade for this weekend cruiser:cool:


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not2old;13582 Wrote:My ride has old air shocks on rear.. Now that I changed to normal size tires, how bad will the ride be if no air is added to shocks. I added springover shocks on my last one to stiffen ride. What's the word out there? Leave it alone or upgrade for this weekend cruiserCool

Alan, I am using plain old Gabriels from Autozone. Decent shocks at a good price. I was browsing Rock Auto today and they have some good deals on shocks there too.

Jeff T.

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