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This subject may be dead but the Pinto shocks I took a picture of where compressed. They were far more than 1/8" difference. That far on the inside of the suspension travel, 1/2 inch of shock travel is well over 2" of wheel travel further out from the pivot point. I removed the bump stops completely on that 620. I even cut the bushings in half to gain another 1/4 inch of compressed 'length'. Every little bit. The first post mentions this is not a mild drop. I'm not sure if 6-7 inch drop is mild. I was tucking tire and had maybe 5" of ground clearance between the front frame and the ground. The lower arms were pointed up even with lower ball joint spacers which I don't think anyone else has made.

 

I didn't feel the shocks or tire hitting anything or bottoming out. The truck actually drove smooth during those two weeks I had it lowered like this before it was stolen. The suspension was soft and it leaned way more in the turns with the geometry that low. It actually handled better a few inches higher... but that's beside the point. ;)

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i was just reading off the specs man didn't mean to offend. i actually want to change my name on here but i dont think you can. can you? some people get offended. its one of my favorite robin william jokes

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Hmmm the Xterra shock is 8.0 compressed? That's a newer shock and shorter than the pinto specs, think I will pick up a set and see what happens. Thanks.

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im ordering in all 3 ill take pictures. and the shocks in the picture above are fully extended it even says so in the caption which picture are you talking about bleach

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so me and wayne compressed them all and if theres a difference in compressed length we couldn't see it between stock 01 nissan and ford pinto. the 01 nissan had the longest extended length and was the most dificult to compress. the stock 521 shock was a runner up and the pinto came in last

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The position where the bushings would rest on the left is a good reference for seeing the difference in length that I found. (assuming bushings you install are all equal thickness)

 

You can cut the bushing down too to lower the installed height of compression.

 

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I just remembered that someone once mentioned that a 1980-82 Nissan 4x4 truck had very short front shocks too. anyone care to look that up?

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i was thinkning you had to of cut out that bushing on the pinto shock but i wasnt sure if it compressed any farther. the 80-82 4x4 takes the same shocks in my parts lookup as the 521. so after cutting out the bushing i think the pinto shock is the shortest possible shock. by the way bleach i think your shocks are blown lol

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You can always raise the front shock towers & run a stock shock :D Yes that requires a few hours in the garage w/ a welder & grinder but it's so worth the effort.

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my shocks iz blown? Well, when I find my truck I'll get those replace straight away! Spot on

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