Regal Bag set up

mbartell

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I just got a bag set up unexpectedly for a great deal!
Just manual valve switches, but good bags tank and compressor.
It looks like a pretty straightforward kit, and install but I wanted to know if anyone could recommend a front shock relocation kit?
 

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A common outboard shock set-up for shock-in-coil apps when switching to bags is the GM C10 (63-87's). You can have a tab welded to the lower a-arm for the lower mount. The original C10 truck set-up used a stud on the side of the frame but it was cantered @ a specific angle for that app. There are aftermarket upper shock relocation brackets that bolt-on & could prob be easily tweaked to work or just use 2 flat tabs welded to the frame for uppers.
 
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You'll lose turning radius in case you didn't know. Otherwise get RideTech front bags that have the shock built-in. Unfortunately they are $$$
 
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mbartell

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A common outboard shock set-up for shock-in-coil apps when switching to bags is the GM C10 (63-87's). You can have a tab welded to the lower a-arm for the lower mount. The original C10 truck set-up used a stud on the side of the frame but it was cantered @ a specific angle for that app. There are aftermarket upper shock relocation brackets that bolt-on & could prob be easily tweaked to work or just use 2 flat tabs welded to the frame for uppers.
Thank you! I've been looking at s-10 ones because it's the same front end. Looks like the s-10 bracket Nissan Pathfinder shock is the usual set up.

How big are upper and lower cups fror the front and rear? The set I have has 4) 3" uppers, 2 ) 2" lowers, and 2) flat plates. The bags are airlift dominator 2500's.
 

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The S10 ones that aren't a complete kit (a-arms, bags, & all related parts) use the same basic 'common set-up' I was describing.

You can cup the front lower stock arms or find adaptable lower bag brackets for them (1st pic are some that can be bolted in place or welded).

Upper front mounts use the standard cupped spacer w/an offset threaded stud (also in the 1st image) that utilizes the original upper shock mounting holes to locate & secure the bracket.

The shocks are mounted along the outer edge of the lower arms (about midway or ~9" away from the lower BJ).

There are several styles of upper shock brackets. Some bolt to the frame & use the same upper shock mounting arrangement as a stock g-body/s-10 w/a stud. Some use a double shear bracket on top & stud through the eyelet lower mount. Some use stud through the eyelet upper & lower. It's up to you/your shops fab skills.

2500's would be spec'd for the front. They're a bit too much for the rear if mounted where the factory coils go. A lighter sleeve bag would be better suited for the factory location. You can make what you have work but it won't be 'ideal' for the rear. Double convoluted bags are typically used in a 1:1 ratio set-up only in HD apps. Lt duty apps have them typically @ a different motion ratio that uses the leverage to make them work (rear suspension link bar vs directly on the rear end).
 

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mbartell

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Ok, that makes sense. Ithink l figured out an easy cheater way to do the rear airbag attachment. Screw a urethane spring isolator on the bottom plate l already have. But it would be better to find a correct dimeter tube and weld it on.
this is the kit l got. Pretty sure it’s the bc fab level 1 manual kit.
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Looks like a good starting point especially if it was @ a good price.
 
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mclellan83

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Almost makes me miss my old manual setup
 

mbartell

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It’s all in and working! Still haven’t decided on the front shocks. I’ve seen s10 set ups that notched into the frame, but that looks tough to figure out, and l want to do it once, you know?
anyway, my ideal stock-looking ride height is 60psi front, 30 rear.
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Looking good
 
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