Rear Falcon Shocks with Synergy long travel shock mount
Has anybody used this combo? I have searched and haven't found anybody (not to say that I couldn't have missed something). I don't see any reason why they wouldn't work but wondering if anybody has any first hand experience with it.
I purchased a "like new" set of Falcon 3.3s off of a nearby member of this forum. They are the 2.5"-3.5" version. At the time my plan was to go with a lift in that range, but I have since installed fenders and a leveling kit. I am really liking how it is sitting and functioning where it is now with my 35s, and I don't really want to go higher (at this time)
I have really wanted to use these shocks without adding more than a 1" bumpstop to either axle. The fronts I put on and after cutting off the stock shock mounts and welding new Artec ones (if your a vegetarian I would not recommend these as they are BEEFY) rotated down a bit and slightly more outboard. I am not too worried about them catching on anything for two reasons:
1. In SE WI there is not much as far as rock crawling
2. The knuckle and lower control arm mounts on either side of the shock mount still hang much lower than the shock mount
I am pretty pleased with the front setup. After cycling the suspension I don't think I need any bumpstop extensions, but I am going to make up some 1/2" spacers just to be sure I don't overcompress the shocks.
The rears I think are going to be a bit trickier. Obviously in order to keep my uptravel I need to either raise the upper mount or lower the bottom one (as I did on the front). My issues with the bottom are again two fold:
1. The bracket is part of the CA mount and it is angled so it maybe a bit trickier. There are plenty of bracket options for raising the bottom mount but none for lowering it. (Understandably so because of my next reason)
2. The rear shocks mount SUPER LOW on the axle as it is. I have these purdy and valueable shocks and don't really want them getting smashed up and wrecking the adjustment knob.
The best solution I could think of for lowering the bottom mount is to get Teraflex HD skid (the one that can be welded on) and modifying it to mount and inch-ish lower. This would move it down and protect it, but that skid would hang even lower. When I eventually go with a full lift, I could then mount it in a higher position and trim the CA mount (per Teraflex's directions)
My other option (raising the top mount) would most easily be done with the previously mentioned Synergy bracket and maybe a better option overall (in fact I could then in future raise the lower mount giving me the best of both worlds).
So back to the question...
I am away of the sway bar needing to be moved back, which requires messing with the exhaust. Besides those two things, is there anything else that may cause any issues? (Due to the larger shock body, or the shock being mounted at more of an angle)
I am going to throw it up on a lift and take a look at it, but it would be great if somebody here could give me an easy answer of "hey! I did this and here is my experience." Or atleast some insight as to what I should be concerned with.
PS Sorry for the long-windedness. I figure too much info is better than not enough (especially with me being a newb to this forum)