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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:27 am    Post subject: Air Shocks Finally Work on the Front Link Pin Reply with quote

This has been a long winded issues with lowered front ends as whether to use a narrowed beam or some other solution to fix tire rubbing. I did not want to dump my wheel under the fender. For some who are like me, you want to keep the majority of your front end stock and drop it slightly with lowered spindles,disc brakes, low profile tires, and good set of shocks. I appreciate all the help on Thesamba with solutions from widened fenders to narrowed beams, but I didn't want to fix what isn't broken. I had and still have around 1.5 - 2 inches of clearance between the fenders, but now it rides and handles 10X better than my KYB G-2 shocks and no rubbing at all. The air shock that works is the Gabriel Hijacker 39507. These were 73.00 at Auto zone and they get them within 1 day. I added two thick washers to the bottom and upper mount and this prevents any rubbing on the suspension arms and upper shock mount. These are the thinnest model in width and just about drop in. Also, make sure the upper air sleeve is all the way up on the shock and not binding, plus turn it side to side to ensure it is free from hitting the upper shock mount. Air it up without the tires to make sure they actuate and do not discharge air through the upper cylinder of the air shock. It took me a while to get the right thickness, but dam it rides good. Add around 25PSI to the lines and you are finished. When you have passengers use 35-45 PSI and you have a near stock ride and better handling without the harsh rebound like some lowered front ends.

Its funny how some people do not want to give up what works and some do. Keep it up everyone and thanks again to all who chimed in with my issue.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree, don't get it. Wish more people would share / help.

Congrats on the install.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

found out the hard way ma-824 will noooooot work on front end
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

People dont want to give up info because they usually have a buisness and dont want to give up secrets $$$$$$$ most shock companys have a chart on there web-site that gives extended and compressed measurments so you can easily come up with what works in your application .
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the great info. I tried the ma 803 and they were the correct length but were too big in diameter. I got them to fit but the ride is harsh. Shocks at 70 psi. I am going to order up some of those 39507 shocks, thanks for the post.
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Here is what you need!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmm those adaptors are $5 at any supply house....
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I'm just quoting the price from Airkewld that's all. I know you can find them cheaper elsewhere. I put in the ad why I paid to let it be known that's all.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ratlook63 wrote:
hmm those adaptors are $5 at any supply house....


I will buy those adapters from you for $5.00. My cost is almost 3 times that.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 5:26 am    Post subject: Re: Air Shocks Finally Work on the Front Link Pin Reply with quote

mpate wrote:
This has been a long winded issues with lowered front ends as whether to use a narrowed beam or some other solution to fix tire rubbing. I did not want to dump my wheel under the fender. For some who are like me, you want to keep the majority of your front end stock and drop it slightly with lowered spindles,disc brakes, low profile tires, and good set of shocks. I appreciate all the help on Thesamba with solutions from widened fenders to narrowed beams, but I didn't want to fix what isn't broken. I had and still have around 1.5 - 2 inches of clearance between the fenders, but now it rides and handles 10X better than my KYB G-2 shocks and no rubbing at all. The air shock that works is the Gabriel Hijacker 39507. These were 73.00 at Auto zone and they get them within 1 day. I added two thick washers to the bottom and upper mount and this prevents any rubbing on the suspension arms and upper shock mount. These are the thinnest model in width and just about drop in. Also, make sure the upper air sleeve is all the way up on the shock and not binding, plus turn it side to side to ensure it is free from hitting the upper shock mount. Air it up without the tires to make sure they actuate and do not discharge air through the upper cylinder of the air shock. It took me a while to get the right thickness, but dam it rides good. Add around 25PSI to the lines and you are finished. When you have passengers use 35-45 PSI and you have a near stock ride and better handling without the harsh rebound like some lowered front ends.

Its funny how some people do not want to give up what works and some do. Keep it up everyone and thanks again to all who chimed in with my issue.

Thank you sharing Very Happy
but i can't found Gabriel Hijacker 39507
the Gabriel Hijacker 49203 replace 39507 ?
is it correct for my 54 with a narrowed beam ?

or maybe can i use MA785 Max-Air ? (but there no protection)

I bought 2 * MA803 Max-Air for the front ... but is to big Confused (i hope so i can install MA803 at rear ...)
thank you
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