Front Shocks 63 L320

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Front Shocks 63 L320

Postby devon's63 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:50 am

Hello All
Any chance you have a part number for front shocks? Hope to find KYB's. But will go with other well known makes.
Thanks,
Kevin


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Re: Front Shocks 63 L320

Postby Gemmer » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:24 am

Kevin,
A couple of days ago I sent a parts manual here to the site. You should be able to access it. If you can't, give me a shout and I'll look them up.

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Re: Front Shocks 63 L320

Postby Gemmer » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:24 am

Kevin,
A couple of days ago I sent a parts manual here to the site. You should be able to access it. If you can't, give me a shout and I'll look them up.

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Re: Front Shocks 63 L320

Postby devon's63 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:04 am

OK I looked them up. Found part#56110-04300
Does anyone else know a part number that's not over 50 years old.
Someone must have already found something usable. Almost all of you have front shocks on your trucks.
Thanks, for any help you can offer.
Kevin

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Re: Front Shocks 63 L320

Postby Conner » Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:40 pm

The following are listed for a 1965 520 truck and may fit, although I know that the rear shocks for a 520 are not a fit because they mount to the frame differently, the fronts may work. You may want to order a set and compare them to your stock ones to see if they appear to mount the same way and if not send them back. At this point I think we are down to trial and error.

KYB Part # 343208 (GR-2)
KYB Part # KG4605A (Gas-A-Just)
KYB Part # 565029 (Monomax)

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Re: Front Shocks 63 L320

Postby devon's63 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:04 am

Conner
I will review your input. Sounds very reasonable. When I find out what the out come is, I will reply to all.
Many Thanks,
Kevin

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Re: Front Shocks 63 L320

Postby Li'l Truckie » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:02 pm

devon's63,

Be wary that you may have to machine the lower bearing/mount of the front shock as it may be too wide to fit on the lower control arm of your 320. I ordered all three today to see if any of them have the narrow lower mount.

Also if you are changing out your old shocks for new because your 320 drifts/jumps while going down the road, you might look at your upper rubber bushings, tension rod bushing, or sway bar bushings as these will cause more steering and tracking issue than bad shocks. And being 50+ years old the rubber is probably harden, shrunk in size, or missing pieces parts and is not doing its job. My '63's right side upper bushings have disintegrated, so it has excellent camber for drifting.

I'll do some digging for new bushing info/compatibility.

Andy

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and many more Datsuns from 48hp to over 500hp
Location: Leavenworth, KS

Re: Front Shocks 63 L320

Postby Li'l Truckie » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:49 am

Confirmed. All three shocks have a bottom mount/bearing that is 1 1/4 wide, so you will have to machine it down to fit. Also be advised there is a difference in the length of the compressed shock. 7 1/8 vs 7 7/8.

Li'l Truckie


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