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wacko

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replacement Shocks

Post by wacko on Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:27 pm

Hey,

I need to do all four shocks. I am going to do the front first ( it shouldn't make a difference if i do the fronts before the rear and not at the same time should it?). What I am wondering is what i should get for shocks. I went to the local parts store and they typed in the computer 1966 G10 chevy van and quoted me a price, but are there different styles, lengths, air, coil??? I am pretty new to the automotive repair world so i am just wondering since I am replacing them if should I be upgrading to something other than stock? Any info appreciated.

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Digz

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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by Digz on Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:46 pm

I was looking for longer shocks myself, found some,, but they didnt have enough diameter clearance for the sway bar linkage, going to go to stock shocks and make up some exstensions, unless somebody else has found something I dont think we have alot of choices on the front.
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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by DanTheVanMan on Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:02 pm

I replaced all 4 of mine. Stock shocks in frount and Air in the back. Have both front and back swaybars that are not installed yet. Thinking it might be a challange....


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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by wacko on Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:24 pm

So when you say stock shocks, are there different brands? Or will there be just one manufacturer of the shocks required?
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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by DanTheVanMan on Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:48 pm



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Digz

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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by Digz on Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:15 pm

The fronts I got are Monroe Sensatrac. Part # 37188 if Im reading the invoice right, they ended up 64$ for the pair. maximum extended length is 24 inches.
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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by BILLS66 on Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:26 am

just did the monroe sensatracs on the front and they ride nice. Bill

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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by Guest on Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:44 am

The link that Dan posted shows the same shocks I just put on my van. You can get them at autozone for 16 bucks a piece. And I must say they work great! I was rollin on the stock twisty shocks before so as soon as I put these on there was a noticible ride difference. I had the rears on for about a month before I put the fronts on, so I dont see why you would have to dp all four at the same time.
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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by DanTheVanMan on Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:57 pm

Good to hear it Ryan. I put the same on the front and HighJacker AirShocks on the rear. They come in handy when towing the boat, putting the Motorcycle in the back or sometimes both......


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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by Guest on Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:20 pm

i have the sensatracts on my gold 65 since i built it 7 yrs ago
i fortunately got them at advanced auto and .. they got a lifetime warrenty
tomorrow morning i pick up my new free replacement set
(and wheel bearings too) glad i saved my receipts on this one
left front its a little bouncy right now ...
about 43,000 miles since the build and 7 yrs later... not too shabby i guess
the rears i have are NOS twisty shocks i found on ebay also 7 yrs ago
and still bouncing good.... so far but showing some aging
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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by Digz on Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:00 pm

Dan, do you have the part number on the Highjackers?
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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by DanTheVanMan on Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:37 pm

Digz wrote:Dan, do you have the part number on the Highjackers?

Here ya go....





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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by Digz on Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:50 pm

Thank you ! Wondering what you gained in hieght on the front?
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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by DanTheVanMan on Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:46 pm

Gained about 1" in the front and about 2" in the back with zero pressure in the airshocks.... Going to put new tires on the 15" centerlines tomorrow and see how they look...


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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by wacko on Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:10 pm

The shocks from ebay raised the front 1" or was it due to your new springs? Or a combination of both. I really don't want to raised my van at all. (rather lower it if anything)
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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by DanTheVanMan on Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:29 am

New Springs raised it 1". The shocks from eBay are just standard shocks, they can't raise or lower. I have the airshocks on the rear and use them for wieght control not for raising. The springs are new, and will settle after a month or two to their normal height.


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1984 Jeep CJ-7 Laredo, Restored
2004 Kawasaki KLR650
1992 Sailfish 180 Pro Flats Boat

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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by wacko on Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:47 am

DanTheVanMan wrote:New Springs raised it 1". The shocks from eBay are just standard shocks, they can't raise or lower. I have the airshocks on the rear and use them for wieght control not for raising. The springs are new, and will settle after a month or two to their normal height.


Thats what I wanted to hear!!! Thanks.

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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by sparky on Sun May 16, 2010 2:15 am

DanTheVanMan wrote:
Digz wrote:Dan, do you have the part number on the Highjackers?

Here ya go....



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HEY DAN, Where did ya get them NEW SPRINGS!!?? and were they expensive??
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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by DanTheVanMan on Sun May 16, 2010 5:59 am

Sparky,
Drop "DIGZ" a PM and sure he can give you all the info on the company.

Dan


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Digz

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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by Digz on Sun May 16, 2010 6:41 am

The company name is State Spring, Grand Rapids MI. Phone# 1-800-727-8729, I believe Jim is the fellow you will want to talk to. with all the bushings, mine came in at 662.00 for all 4, but that was without shipping ( I went and picked them up). I had mine arched some ,whether that added to the cost or not I'm not sure. But I'm very happy with them. I'm sure they could set you up with new U-bolts if you want also.

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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by sparky on Mon May 17, 2010 8:25 am

Sure look good on there and I bet they, along with the new shocks give the old van a new ride !!
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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by DanTheVanMan on Mon May 17, 2010 8:49 am

Sparky,
They made a world of difference when I put them in mine. No more "Spongy" spring feeling!!!

The shipping from Mich. to FLA. was about $60. Not bad at all considering the weight....

Dan


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1984 Jeep CJ-7 Laredo, Restored
2004 Kawasaki KLR650
1992 Sailfish 180 Pro Flats Boat

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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by sparky on Mon May 17, 2010 11:54 pm

Cool, Thanx!! I'm gonna start rolling my pennies, WOW!! what a thought man, new shocks, springs, brakes, tie rod ends ..........ect. ect. I wont wanna stop......then door window felt channels and regulator repairs, hinge repairs, yeehaaw !! we sure love our old vans!! I can see gettin rid of the new cars with smog regulations and rediculous reg. fees and sportin the rebuilt old van !! I dig it as it is....all worn and rattly but I can imagine how much I'll really dig it when the door shuts nice and it has a nice REBUILT stout suspension and upgraded/safe brakes.
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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by Rick's 66 Chevy Van on Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:34 pm

so does any one have the stock # of front and back shocks for 1965 chevy van from auto zone????
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Re: replacement Shocks

Post by Vantasia on Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:35 am

Not sure about AutoZone, but NAPA has all four in the correct size and lengths listed in their stores. If the store doesn't have them, they get them in a day or two, try them.

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