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Post by 77malibu77 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:35 pm

alright you know how the elkys come out of factory with the rear air shocks? for heavy loads

mine are worn out if i air them up and drive somewhere by the time im back they go all the way down. so there kind of pointless, i want to replace the shocks with regular ones (no air shocks) but i want the rear end to be raised up about 2 or 3 inches and i want it to stay like that. OH and most important thing i want the cheapest waY lol i dont really care about handling because im gonna sell it one day annyway
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Post by TWBouska AKA Wooderson on Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:37 pm

KYB Gad adjust shocks.
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Post by TWBouska AKA Wooderson on Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:37 pm

gas adjust**
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Post by 77malibu77 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:04 pm

so far im convinced thats what i need after watching a video about them.
how much $ would you say they run?
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Post by JB2wheeler on Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:25 pm

Why not use these? They are cheap and will last a long time and lift your rear end any amount you want just by varying the air pressure. JB http://www.summitracing.com/parts/AIR-60769/
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:30 pm

You really want cheap???? Use these....... $10.00 Problem solved.

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Garage-Sale-3-Inch-GM-Shock-Extensions,21690.html

****disclaimer: I wouldn't be caught dead with them, but they'll work.*****
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Post by The Dude on Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:32 pm

Lifting has been discussed a few times. Read these:

http://www.g3gm.com/part-interchangeability-f33/suspension-parts-t1856.htm

http://www.g3gm.com/general-discussion-f1/springs-t2366.htm?highlight=springs

Probably several other places on the site, but general consensus says Caprice springs or those JCW springs will lift your ride. I have the JCW springs & airbags that I plan on installing. If you REALLY want lift, get the 73-77 specific ones instead of the 68-72 like I have.
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Post by 74chick on Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:49 pm

coil overs$108 for both.

I have them on the front they work will.
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:32 pm

Yes by definition they are coil-overs. The difference between those and more expensive models is adjustability.

Personally, installing those is a waste of money. They don’t appear to be adjustable and therefore are no more effective than a factory coil and separate shock.

Plus, what is the spring rate on those? Any idea if it's correct?
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Post by 77malibu77 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:31 pm

74Malibu383 wrote:You really want cheap???? Use these....... $10.00 Problem solved.

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Garage-Sale-3-Inch-GM-Shock-Extensions,21690.html

****disclaimer: I wouldn't be caught dead with them, but they'll work.*****


now this is what im talkin about
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now if only i can find some pictures of how they work
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:38 pm

You need pictures? They mount in between the top of the shock and the bottom of the mount. The long bolts go up through the holes in the extensions. Pretty much idiot proof...
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Post by 77malibu77 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:42 pm

oh i am picturing them to be bigger. so the holes line up with the same holes for the top of the shocks? you think auto zone would carry these?
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:43 pm

I've seen a similar version at the Zone before. If I remember correctly, theirs looked like an "H" where the ones in the link are more of a "U".
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Post by 77malibu77 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:02 pm

alright ill see what i can find
but am i going to have to replace the air shocks still?
i can put the gas shocks off my malibu on there temporarily i guess
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Post by Limey SE on Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:11 pm

I WOULD NOT REINSTALL AIR SHOCKS !!!!!

I would get the heavy duty coils made for elkys and the the true coil over shock's, this work you do will only add to the selling price of Truck
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:22 am

"True Coil-Over's" take the place of the factory coil spring. You wouldn't need both. However, this is a pricy option to get the good stuff.

Yes, you could use the shocks off your Malibu for the time being.
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Post by Limey SE on Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:31 am

Limey wrote:I WOULD NOT REINSTALL AIR SHOCKS !!!!!

I would get the heavy duty coils made for elkys and the the true coil over shock's, this work you do will only add to the selling price of Truck


true coil overs fro the front and the heavy duty springs for the rears is what I should have said wasnt thinking right LOL
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:34 am

Limey - Takes a little time off and loses his mind.... Wait, did you ever have a good grasp on it in the first place? Smile
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Post by Limey SE on Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:35 am

are you Kidding brother my mind right know is scrambled more than my eggs .............

you guys here are helping me stay on the straight and narrow
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:36 am

Hang in there.
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Post by Limey SE on Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:37 am

you still got them parts for me or you end up selling them ??
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:38 am

I've got some of them.... Check out my "garage sale" in the classified section. Should be up to date.
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Post by Limey SE on Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:43 am

i dont see the shocks springs ???
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:51 am

Sorry man. Billy Ray picked them up. You dropped off the face of the earth for a while there so he jumped on them.
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Post by TWBouska AKA Wooderson on Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:14 pm

Limey wrote:

I would get the heavy duty coils

i agree, i put the heavy duty coils on my el co...money well spent.
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