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Unread 08-06-2019, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default G8 lift and shocks

In the process of lifting my G8. I purchased the economy lift but my question is, can I just put longer shocks on the front and rear rather than use the shock reloacting brackets? I would still use the drop plates for the a arms and rear stabilizer. I would like to replace my shocks anyway and I thought if I could just buy some that we’re 4” longer it might make the cart feel more solid rather than the relocation brackets l.
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Unread 08-07-2019, 07:12 AM   #2
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Default Re: G8 lift and shocks

Those bolt on lifts are designed for using the stock shocks. I recommend you stay with the stock shocks because of camber change issues.

You can use longer shocks like from an atv, you just have to make sure you account for "sag". When I did mine, I had to move the top mount after initial assembly. Once you do that you should be good to go.

Also, keep in mind that atv shocks are sometimes softer, depending upon what model you use. I had good luck with full size sport atv front shocks like from a Yamaha Raptor or Suzuki Z400. I have tried side by side shocks and they are way too stiff. My next attempt will be from a full sized utility quad like a Yamaha Grizzly 700.

Camber Issues:
With atv shocks, you'll get lots of suspension movement. What this does on a single a arm suspension is it will give you camber problems as the suspension cycles to it's limits. When compressed the wheels will look like this / \ and when fully extended they will look like this \ / the problem is with steering. When the camber is off like this the cart will tend to wander and feel skittish. Going slow it's not much of a problem, but when going fast.....it could be very dangerous and even deadly. Long travel double a arm suspensions keep the wheels like this | | through the suspension travel. Much more safe.

Using the stock shocks will limit how much camber change you will have because they will limit suspension movement. My recommendation is to stick with the stock shocks when using a single a arm lift.
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Unread 08-07-2019, 06:02 PM   #3
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Default Re: G8 lift and shocks

Wow thanks for the info, i did actually get a pair of atv shocks for the rear and they were way to soft so I just put the stock ones back on. The front stock ones are pretty soft and I’d like to get some replacement for those. Looks like I may just end up going with the jakes rear heavy duty springs if I can’t find any others. I would think an automotive air shock or something like that would be doable on the rear but I haven’t had much luck finding one.
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Harley Davidson air shocks may work for your application. I've seen a few use those. I think if you just search Ebay for "Harley air shocks" you'll find some that will work. In my opinion, anything for a car is going to be too heavy duty.
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