- Feb 7, 2018
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So I definitely want to replace them with a nice set of matching 4x4 shocks all around!Your front shocks will likely work with a spacer lift, but not very well. You'll probably have an inch or two of downtravel at most in the suspension, which will cause the suspension to top out and jerk the truck back down with a clunk after you've gone over a speed hump or other dip in the road.
A temporary stop-gap measure that can help is to space the shocks downward some at the top stud. I've seen stud extender kits available for this, though anything up to one inch you probably can do just by sticking some washers or another nut underneath the shock bushing. Only caveat is you'll need to use a locknut & Loctite to keep the nut in place afterward, as you will no longer be able to crank the nut all the way down 'till it stops without crushing the bushings (a closed-end (cap) nut might work also, you could then tighten it until it contacts the end of the shock stud, which would keep it in place the same).
Any suggestions? I'm not off roading, just trying to get a clean setup.