Post by Cherokee Chief on Oct 6, 2012 21:02:43 GMT -4
A couple of people have been asking about the shocks on my buggy so I thought I'd show how I built them. The shock itself is a Gabriel Fleetline #Q10315 / 83105.It has 14.6" of travel and is oil filled. The last set I bought cost $25 each at PFT. I made the bottom support from a piece of 1/2" steel.The outside circumference is cut to the same OD as the OD of the spring.The inside is bored to the OD of the shock bottom right at the factory weld. A step needs to be machined for the coil to set on .I made mine 1.4" deep and to the inside diameter of the coil.
The top one is basically the same except that the centre hole is drill to 3/4".I made mine from aluminium but they could be steel as well.
Next I cut the factory top mounting stud off right above the small bump where the cover attaches. Then a 3/4"NF bolt is welded to the top making sure the weld penetrates the shaft and the cover.I pulled the shaft out the full way before I did any welding to keep the heat away from any seals.
On the bottom you have to clean the paint of the factory weld and then press out the lower bushing.A little grinding is nessecary to get the mount in over the lower shock eye.Once I had it in place I tacked it with the Mig welder.I welded small areas at a time to keep the heat down and don't worry the're oil filled so no problem.I made a new sleeve for the lower bushing as the original one was for a 3/4"bolt and I used a 1/2" bolt.
Neat. That's not too hard. What about the middle of the coils? Going to need to make another floating bushing for between them?
I think that's it in the second last picture, and the further one in the bottom pic.
'95 YJ. waggy d44's, custom stretched 3-link front with an astro steering box, rear stretched with SOA XJ springs, and 35" Mickey Thompson MTZ's.
front lock-right and fozzied rear. RCV's.
4.0 swapped in with 1" "MML", 1" rewelded body mount lift, boat-sides, flat belly, gas tank tucked up 5".
'95 Grand Cherokee V8 Orvis edition. '98 D44a rear, 2x4 rockers. rollin' on 235's. full of junk.
I've had no coil separator on mine in four years\ and no problems.You have to use 16" coils in this set-up and the top of the lower coil is always up over the shaft protector so there is no coil binding on the edge.
not to sound stupid, but you use two 16 inch coils stacked ontop of eachother or one 16 inch coil? do you just thread a nut and washer on top to hold the spring isolator then bolt to your shock tower with same threaded top