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Old 09-22-2016, 04:19 PM   #1
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Need narrower shock -- Monroe 555003 is too fat

We put the Michelin LTX MS/2 tires on our '59 Overlander and the shocks rub slightly on the inside of the tire.

Does anyone know of a replacement shock with a smaller diameter? The outer diameter of this shock is 2" and I'd love to find one that is 1 1/2" or less.

An hour on the web and a 1/2 hour at the local NAPA store have come up short. Everything is by vehicle spec, not by performance spec, it seems.

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Old 09-22-2016, 04:38 PM   #2
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You must have new axles from Colin Hyde if you have the Monroe shocks. Can you carve on the ends of the shock to let it move inboard a little? Or can you bend the outside cover of the shock in a little?

I almost suggested wheel spacers, but I wouldn't do that on my trailer, so I wouldn't suggest it for yours.

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Old 09-22-2016, 04:44 PM   #3
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I feel your pain. For me the solution was to move the shocks to the inside of the springs. But that's a lot of work unless you're in the middle of a full monty.

Here is a reference you might find useful
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Old 09-22-2016, 05:37 PM   #4
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drboyd - yes.

markdoane - thanks for the reference.

I think the answer is a bit of work with the 3 pound sledge and the angle grinder.

It's not far off, but just enough to wear the sidewall of the tires a bit. Interesting that it only affects the forward axle, not rear.
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