Page updated: 10/29/2000 07:48 PM
Extending Your Upper Shock Mounts
Written by Al Bsharah
start off simply, this is a stock left front YJ shock mount. The
shock you see there is the longest one that Rancho makes, and requires the
adapter you see on top to convert it from the stock post-style to the
eye-style. This adapter lost me a couple inches in itself, and my
upward travel was limited severely because the shock was just too big for
the setup anyway. So, it was time to extend this mount upwards!
very top of this mount was cut off right at the point where it starts to
bend inwards. As well, some of the flat bracing on the front was cut
off so the new metal would fit flush. Two sets of arms were inserted
with correct spacing bolted together. As you can see, spacers were
needed to give enough room for the shock tube (see in pictures
below...). Not sure where Steve got these mounts, but they worked
rather nicely. You could easily fabricate your own if you had the
right resources. If you look closely, you'll notice that Steve put
small triangular-shaped gussets on the front for stability.
here's the before and after shot. Quite simple, quite elegant, quite
easy for a guy like Steve to knock out. Anyway, this will give me
more than ample upward travel that I was hoping for. Let's just hope
it's not so much that I start eating up more sheet metal!