I've been shopping for shocks for my 01 Astro and have to enter the vehicle info at various sites, those pages then take me to selections of recommended shocks, I know everyone is familiar with the process.
Today I ordered the 2" lift kit from Overland after buying 4 Jeep wheels with 235/75/15's on them.
I began the hunt for shocks and then thought, hey, my van isn't stock with wider wheels and bigger tires and a lift!
So, now I question the manufacture's recommendations, what we are left with are assumptions about shocks that were designed according to the OEM requirements.
After going through the shock threads, getting some great info, no one seems to mention the compressed or extended length that we should have with a lift modification and more weight at each corner.
Would other shocks be more appropriate than those in the Astro/Safari basket, like for an S-10 or Blazer, or a 1500 truck???
Makes me wonder too about the guys running 31 or 32's on their vans, being much heavier and larger with Pro-Comp or Ranchos or Bilsteines that were engineered for stock vans.
Not much mention about twin tubes vs. mono tubes vs. air adjustable or spring assist either, seems the "accepted" shock is one of the popular names, name recognition has a lot to do with marketing among the lifted crowd.
Just because Bob has Rancho 7000 series on his van doesn't seem to be much of a justification to put them on mine. Bob may be an aggressive driver off road and not care so much about hauling grandma to the store. Bob has a different lift, different wheels and tires and his suspension parts may be shot or brand new.
I have only found descriptions for shocks using objective phrases, "nice ride" "stiffer" "rides`like a caddy" "hard ride" while such descriptions convey an opinion it doesn't really say much to base a $500.00 purchase only to find out later, he was talking about a 1959 Caddy!
Is there any numeric scale for different categories of ride, comfort, rebound response time etc. for shocks and how do you compare differently equipment on vehicles, lifts, shackles, springs to give a better clarification to "works great, rides nice and takes bumps ?
At least a survey of members here stating their lift mods would give a clearer picture for an informed decision on an expensive maintenance and safety aspect of our vans.
So, the same question that's already been asked.....what's the best shock for a 2" lift. That really hasn't been answered fully.