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Old 03-18-2014, 01:26 PM   #1
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Silverback Shock Mounts

On our 2014 Silverback, the axles already have the plates / mounts for shocks. Anybody ever notice that, or installed shocks on a Silverback? Just wondering where / how the shock attaches to the I-beam frame. I've seen kits, but have never see one actually on an I-beam frame. Bolt on, weld on? Anybody have experience on that? Just figuring if the plates are already there on the axles, it might be an easy upgrade provided mounting the frame portion isn't a big deal.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:34 AM   #2
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I can't prove it, but I seem to remember reading about the shocks coming off from the factory when the rubber-dampened equilizers showed up.

I've only pulled mine the 40 miles home from the dealership, but I couldn't get over how smooth it rode along the frost heaved roads without any bounce. You seeing something different?
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:53 AM   #3
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Installed the complete kit on mine last week. The upper brackets on my Lippert kit, were bolt on. Drill 4 holes, drive in self threading bolts, install shocks. Piece of cake. Of course I had to also install the lower bracket. Took about 3hrs start to finish, without power tools (except cordless drill).
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Installed the complete kit on mine last week. The upper brackets on my Lippert kit, were bolt on. Drill 4 holes, drive in self threading bolts, install shocks. Piece of cake. Of course I had to also install the lower bracket. Took about 3hrs start to finish, without power tools (except cordless drill).
What was the price of these?

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There's really nothing wrong with how it rides now. Just one of those things, if the plates are already there on the axles, which is the worst part of installing shocks, then why not just finish the job. If it's no more than drilling a few holes to mount the uppers, I'm probably going to go ahead and do it.
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What was the price of these?

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The kits were $120 each (1 kit per axle), and included 2 shocks, 2 upper mounts, 2 axle mounts, U-Bolts, and hardware. My Sierra also has the equa-flex suspension, which will smooth the road some, but I'm looking for a bigger improvement from the shocks. Do be aware of holding tanks before you drill! I have a gray galley tank directly against the frame I-beam. It now has 4 holes in the side, plugged with silicone and self-threading bolts.
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Can you take pictures (with pretty circles, preferably) that show what these plates are?
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Hoping somebody else can for now as I'm at work for a couple of more weeks. I might can talk my wife into crawling under there and snapping a few photos though.
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Here's a pic of the Lippert mountsClick image for larger version

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The bottom (axle) plate is basically just a wider than stock plate, with angled sides and a hole to mount the shock.
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