But I can't just do it the easy way and buy the 8ight-B shock set. No no, that wouldn't require nearly enough effort. I want to use four shocks of the same size (FYI, 8ight-B rears and 8ight-T fronts are the same shock), so I get to work with the fabricatin'. First, a shock tower to hold the massive shocks.
Let's test fit that and see what we've got so far.
Pretty good. But the body post bracket has that stupid "ledge" on it, that hangs over the top of the stock shock tower. What to do. Oh, I'll flip the mount bracket upside down, and remount it an inch higher.
Excellent. Green (3.1 rate) 3.1" springs in the front, and black (3.4 rate) 3.1" springs in the rear. 20wt all around. The rear feels just about right with the #55 piston. The front feels too stiff, I have the 2.5 and 2.8 rate springs on the way to test in the front.
Also had to replace the pivot balls for the front shocks, build front and rear standoffs (PTFE impregnated delrin), and make lower spacers for the rear shocks to keep the shock springs from rubbing against the rear camber links.
They are phenomenal shocks, I must say. The build quality is fantastic, they're easy to build/tear down, and I don't think it's possible to bend one of the shafts. The truck drives so smooth now I can't even describe it. The 8ight shocks are in a completely different league in terms of performance.
Oh, and it takes half a bottle of shock oil to fill the four of them. :P
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