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Unread 11-14-2012   #1 (permalink)
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Default Mustang II Rear Shock Variations

So, in my quest to find a good monotube shock for my 78 Cobra II I'm finding that there just isn't anything out there. I did find a KYB Gas-a-just for a Peugeot (French car; pretty popular over here) that has about the same dimensions (compressed and extended) as the stock II shock though.
But that got me thinking. Do I have to use a shock with the same dimensions? I imagine I do if I use the stock wheel and tire size, but what if I put bigger wheels and tires on the car? The Fox chassis cars have a rear shock that is about two inches longer when compressed and about four inches longer when extended. That sounds like those would work on a II with a 15" wheel and the appropriate sized tires (assuming the stance is ultimately taller than stock).
I don't have the care in front of me so it's a little hard to picture (and figure out the geometry), but I thought I'd put it out there for you guys to chew on. Any thoughts? I know a lot of you are running bigger wheels and I wonder what your shock solution was.
Thanks in advance...
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I put 14 inch wheels with pretty tall rubber on my Mach 1. The back tires would rub when I hit a dip in the road so I got some air shocks off ebay that solved the problem. They were about 80 bucks and I had them installed in less than 2 hours. They are cool because you can just air them up to get the car to the height that you want. The car handles great and it solved my problem and I like the car a bit higher in the rear.
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Yeah, I know about the air shocks, but that's not really what I'm looking for. Did you happen to measure the difference in height from your new wheels and tires versus stock? I wonder how much farther apart the shock mounts are.
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