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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2004, 09:59 PM
deezlbc
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Ive searched all through the forums and I didn't seem to find the answer i was looking for. I need shorter shocks for my bagged wagon. Anyone know where i should start looking? I called around to people and no one will give me a straight answer or even a brand name to start with.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2004, 10:29 PM
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Instead of calling up places and saying "I need shorter shocks for an air bagged Caprice", if you measure and determine what length shocks you need, you should be able to find a pair that fit in just about every brand, regardless of what their original application was.
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2004, 10:57 PM
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Thanks for the tip. I already thought of that. Have you ever tried going to Autozone and telling them you need shocks yay long? The man behind the counter must have thought i was asking him to recite the Spanish Inquisition. He informed me, like i'm some kinda idiot, that they don't reference their shocks by size. Okay, eff Autozone... How about Kragen? SAME THING!!!

Trust me, the last place i want to ask for help is HERE because everyone makes me feel like an idiot. You all, the masters of the B-Body, are my only hope.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2004, 11:27 PM
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You need someone at a car place to let you look in the parts books. Most books will have diagrams with specs in addition to the PNs. This way you can find something for your application. Find an "old school" shop and they will still have the books on the counter right next to the "damn" computer

...and, yes, I used to work in an autoparts store. It's fun to walk in and ask a kid for something and hear "we don't have that", then show him in the book that "yes you do"
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2004, 11:44 PM
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Thx Jason.

It's hard to find the old school parts shops these days. There is a Kragen or Autozone on every corner in the L.A. area that puts mom and pop out of business. *sigh* The good ol' days..
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-21-2004, 11:53 AM
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Check out the Monroe shock resouces. http://www.monroe.com/catalog_lookup...iscappinfo.asp They have all their shocks listed with size specs and style. You can use the 550012 and 550013 Severe Service for a baseline.
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-21-2004, 12:15 PM
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Go to Napa.
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-21-2004, 01:47 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by DeezLBC:
Thanks for the tip. I already thought of that. Have you ever tried going to Autozone and telling them you need shocks yay long?
I don't ever bother with the Autozone here since it's on the other side of town. The local NAPA has guys that know what they're doing.

Each place should have a big ol' parts book from each manufacturer they sell that lists the info found on the Monroe website. Since they're too dumb to figure out how to use it, you might want to ask if you can take a look at it.
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-21-2004, 10:57 PM
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Thanks for all the help guys. I didn't even know where there was a Napa so I looked in the yellow pages. There is only 1 and its RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!! WOOOOO!!!

I'll list the part #s i use cuz i KNOW i'm not the first person to ask this... and i'm sure i won't be the last.
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