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Old 05-21-2008, 04:04 PM   #1
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I am finding mixed information about what hydro ram to use for my rocks. I have a double ended Howe 2.5X8 that I was going to use on my 1 ton steering. But I keep reading it will be too short. So I am thinking if its going to be too short maybe I can use it on the rear. I don't need it to turn as sharp as the front. So whadda yall think about using the 8" ram on the rear and getting a 10" ram for the front? I want to run a Howe double ended 10" ram. will that be too long?
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On my project I plan to use a 10 inch front ram and an 8 inch rear. I am not using the double ended rams just TSC rams. I would go 10 inch front and rear but I already have the 8 inch. From everything I have heard and read 10 inch rams are recommended but this will be my first time so I have no experience to speak from yet.
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I am not using double ended rams but I am running 10 inch rams on the front and back. I have had no problems with this set up
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:31 AM   #4
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It will be ok to be to short on the back end, You just don't want to be to long and rip your arms off.
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Use what you got.

The single end rams are only about $80 from Northern and Tractor supply.

Some rear steer is better than none.

The issue with the stroke is related to the length of the arm on the knuckle.

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but for stock axles
Toyota = 6" stroke
1 Tons = 8" stroke
Rocks = 10" stroke
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I have always run 10" rams on the rockwells and removed the steering stops. I have noticed when I pull the shafts out that they are actually being oversteered a little and the inner and outer shafts have witness marks where they are hitting. I don't thing it's enuff to worry about though, and all the shafts that I have broke have been with the wheels straight. I now run a 8" ram on the front ONLY because I had to go to a bigger ram when I put the 54's on and that's all I could find that day. I still run the 10" on back and would rather have more rear steer that front because I drive with my rear alot.
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