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I inverted (flipped) my front Superlift shocks pretty recently to see how they would look. They ride just the same and Ive had no problems. But it seems that not a lot of lifted trucks have inverted shocks unless of course they are running Fox shocks or King shocks etc. Is there a reason why Superlift and other lift kit manufactures dont usually run their shocks inverted?

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doesn't running not res shocks upside down cause them to heat up faster and fail a lot sooner then it would running them the right way.
 

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yeah, but i dont think you will have any problems, big country inverted his shocks and i dont think he had anything bad happen.
 

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Well if they ever do go bad on me its no big deal because I plan to change out all my shocks anyway. The new Bilstein 5150 shocks look pretty nice. Anybody know much about them?

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MotoHead said:
Well if they ever do go bad on me its no big deal because I plan to change out all my shocks anyway. The new Bilstein 5150 shocks look pretty nice. Anybody know much about them?

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ya, they are pretty much a 5100 with a small piggyback res....unfortunately the only 2 valvings they have on them are way to soft. i was gonna run them in my explorer (way lighter than a fullsize chevy) but i woulda had to run duals. in the long run i was gonna switch to coilover anyways so i couldn't see dropping to 440 bux.
 

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I ran mine upside down in the rear for a little bit. They were shot in 3000 miles. They must make them pretty cheap!! :nono:
 

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Moto I'm surprised you are still running Superlift shocks. Mine were shot is no time, when I pulled them off and went w/ Ranchos back in the day I could play with them as if they were an accordian. There was almost no resistance.
 

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Moto I'm surprised you are still running Superlift shocks. Mine were shot is no time, when I pulled them off and went w/ Ranchos back in the day I could play with them as if they were an accordian. There was almost no resistance.
I know i need to replace them. Ive just been spending money on other mods that I desire more. About how much did it cost you for all 6 Fox shocks?

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The problem with running a cheaper (notice I didn't just say cheap) shock opposite of the manufacturer recommended way is air bubbles. When you run an inexpensive Rancho / Superlift shock absorber the wrong way (especially true when using them as a steering stabilizer) you get a big ugly air pocket. Air compresses easily and the piston just cruises through the air with the greatest of ease and doesn't really catch until it's fully submerged in oil. It's better than nothing but if the piston rides in an air pocket and not in the oil you'll cook seals and then the shocks will fail. If the manufacturer says to run their shock a certain way you better darn well do it because there's a reason for it.

If you spend the money for a high quality Fox shock make sure you get the TRUCK VALVING! Not all Fox 2.0 shocks are valved the same. PerformanceLifts.com spends more because we buy them from Kartek which orders the shock from Fox valved for a full size truck. If you just buy a generic Fox 2.0 you will need to have it taken apart and re-valved to ensure you are getting your moneys worth. I know a certain high-end suspension company (can't say who yet) that is working with Fox to offer an even more custom valved Fox 2.0 w/reservoir for use with their kits. That will be the Fox shock to get because it'll be even more specifically valved which means you'll finally get your $179.00 worth of shock performance.

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Well I decided to flip the shocks back to normal positions to be on the safe side after hearing some of the feedback.

Jeff, are these up coming Fox shocks your talkin about gonna be around the same price as the Fox shocks that are currently out?

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