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Offline Blue TA

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Rear Shocks
« on: March 03, 2007, 05:43:38 PM »
Just want to say nice Forum, I have a question about rear shocks. I currently have air shocks on my TA. I noticed the
gromets are crushed flat and I always get a bumpy ride, what is a good for rear shocks. I heard Edlebrock makes
good shocks. Or should I stay with air shocks because of my tires may rub.

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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2007, 06:40:10 PM »
What size tires are you running on the rear? How much air pressure do you run in your shocks?
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2007, 07:12:10 PM »
Tires, Good Year 50R/15, I put about 25Lbs of pressure in them, I really do not want the car jacked up.
I just want a good quality shock. The ones I have are Monroe Max-Air.

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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2007, 07:59:03 PM »
"50/15" means nothing without knowing the first number in that section.  It should be something like 225 or 255 or something to that effect.  the "50" is the aspect ratio, meaning how tall the sidewall is compared to the width (the first number).  You could have 225/50/15 and it would be significantly smaller than 295/50/15.
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2007, 09:20:38 PM »
"50/15" means nothing without knowing the first number in that section.  It should be something like 225 or 255 or something to that effect.  the "50" is the aspect ratio, meaning how tall the sidewall is compared to the width (the first number).  You could have 225/50/15 and it would be significantly smaller than 295/50/15.

Exactly! If you're running air shocks because the rear springs will no longer keep the body off the tires then I would say put in new springs and the correct style shocks. On the other hand if the springs are good and you're running wide, tall tires and using the air shocks to keep the body from cutting into the side wall of the tires you'll either need to change tire sizes, get springs with a different arch that will retain the correct ride, or live with the bouncing air shocks.

Personally, I never got used to the ride of air shocks. I switched to regular shocks once I wore the 295/50/15's off the back of my car and then put the correct 225/70/15's back on it. World of difference. No longer had the cool rake, but I could go over bumps without being ejected through the T-Tops like an emergency eject seat from an fighter jet.
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2007, 09:42:56 PM »
Your right, I think there 295 too wide, I guess I`ll have to wait until I were the tires down. Then get some better shocks.
Thanks for the help.

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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2007, 04:49:17 AM »
mistake on the tire size that I listed. I was running 29/60/15's. At least that's what my feeble mind is telling me now. ;D
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