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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-06-2019, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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Bandit shocks with rear Highlifter a-arms

Has anybody used Bandit shocks with rear Highlifter arched a-arms? Just received the Highlifter a-arms and a little concerned about the shock mount clearance the way they are set up. This is because they have the two options for shock location (stock height or lifted). If I remember correctly just about every shock mount location on both the frame and arms needed some trimming when I originally installed the Bandits. Guess I'm just looking for some heads up information....don't mind doing some grinding and fabrication but seeing another setup ahead of time sometimes makes it go a little faster.

The other thing I will be looking at.....I have the longer length Bandits that allow a lift without any other kit. Curious how the rear shocks would work if bolted the "lifted" option on the arms? I don't need more lift but thinking about this allowing the maintain the same vehicle height but at a softer preload setting? Will have to look at available shock travel and if it lets the suspension and axles go into a bind.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 08:55 AM
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I'll try and explain this simply but it usually ends up confusing you purchased extended length shocks and are using Hi lifter a-arms you need to mount the shocks in the "factory" lower holes or you will lose compression travel ( the amount between the two different mounting holes is the amount of comp. travel you will lose). If the shocks won't fit in the mounts enough to bolt up to the lower factory holes the upper holes of the a-arms will need to be ground off if you want to keep the same amount of travel. In a nutshell Factory length shocks are needed to bolt up to the "lifted position" on Hi Lifter arms or if you are running lift brackets.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-16-2019, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Finally had a little time yesterday to work on this. I got one side all mocked up and just need to tighten the bolts and check clearances. Everything stated by folmar81 is correct.

- The "stock" or "non-lifted" shock mount on the arms is want I am using. You would have to compress the shock and springs to get it into the "lifted" mount location....same basic condition I found when test fitting the longer Bandits with the Highlifter bracket lift still on the stock arms.

- The Bandits appear to clear the arm shock mounting tabs okay as of right now (full droop). After I get everything tightened up I will have compress the suspension and see what it looks like.

Installing rear arms is much quicker than the fronts because you don't have to mess with the balljoints. However a balljoint press makes quick work of removing and re-installing the bushings. I did have to unbolt a couple of things when installing the arms. I bolted the new arms to the frame and knuckle and then found out I couldn't get the shock back in between the openings on the upper arm because it was too long (stock length shocks wouldn't have been a problem). Basically had to unbolt the upper arm and reinstall with the Bandits in the opening. I then found the knuckle to be at a weird angle......after looking at it for awhile I realized the knuckle had rotated around and was upside down, so again had to unbolt the knuckle from both arms and spin it around the correct way.
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