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Old 02-04-2016, 12:33 AM   #11
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Yes, you only need to move it over just a little bit.

We throw those bushings away all the time - I'll see if I have one tomorrow.
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Old 02-04-2016, 08:50 AM   #12
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Yes, you only need to move it over just a little bit.

We throw those bushings away all the time - I'll see if I have one tomorrow.
Thank you!

Would you place the new hole overlapping the old one slightly, perhaps by a quarter inch?

Otherwise any new hole would start to be in the crease part of the crossmember that changes angle and starts tilting away from the shock mount angle, right? Would you still drill there?

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Old 02-04-2016, 09:01 AM   #13
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I wouldn't overlap without welding in a washer...

Just adjacent to it. It is going to be off angle a little, but this didn't seem to be a problem in our examples. The bottom mounts will also be a little stressed over... that is the trade off. I'll be under a van installing a RIP Kit later this morning and I'll take a better look and report back.
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Old 02-04-2016, 10:11 PM   #14
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I think I've figured out what the bushing part I need is called: a "shock mount isolator", such as the Motorcraft AD-947.

I'm going to be brave and drill a new hole when my new drill bit arrives. I'm thinking of putting my new hole in one of these two places:



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Old 02-05-2016, 09:15 AM   #15
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I would cut the dust shield off first seeing it's already protected by the tank


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I would cut the dust shield off first seeing it's already protected by the tank
Yeah, that would be simpler in some ways. The shield is pretty beefy metal, but I'm pretty sure I could take it off with 10 minutes of angle grinding.

Now that I look, plastic "replacement" shock boots are sold -- so I maybe could use one of those to keep dirt out: Tuff Country 69127 Black Universal Shock Boot

I'm a novice here. Each one of these van projects is a learning experience for me. But it feels good to understand more about my van, and not be driving around a magic box that I only investigate when it breaks down 30 miles from pavement.

Anyone else want to weigh in with a vote on what I should do here?

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I would personally relocate the shock, but the option of removing the dust shield and putting on a new rubber boot is also a good option if you don't want to drill.

The way I see it, drilling and relocating is free and 20 min of work. The boot option is probably the same duration of work but $10 for the boot. I'd choose free.
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My main concern is not doing anything that would lead to other issues down the road (or out in the field). When I'm not familiar with a system, I'm wary about changing it.

But it's sounding to me like either option should be low impact/risk.

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I would personaly relocate the shock because it will allow you to replace shocks in the future without having to do any change. But I would weld a washer as Ramsey does.
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Old 02-06-2016, 11:10 AM   #20
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P.s. While you've got those shocks off, why don't you get some good ones.
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