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Emergency! Broken rear shock mount.

I just pulled into a trailhead outside Laramie, WY and I pulled too tightly into the lot over a cattle guard. As I pulled across there was huge bang and the back of the van felt like it slipped and hit something. In the dark with the sharp turn I did not realize the cattle guard dropped off the side and I slipped off the edge and landed on the right rear shock mount. It is clearly broken.







I have the Air Lift airbags installed and Iím wondering if it is safe to drive slowly the 8.5 freeway miles back to the Ford dealer I saw as we left Laramie. I could jack them up to 100psi - would it take enough load off the shock to travel safely?

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I could jack them up to 100psi - would it take enough load off the shock to travel safely?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts on the matter!

I wouldn't hesitate to drive that 8 or even 16 miles as long as it was under 45mph.
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As long as there is no other damage, such as a broken leaf spring, you should be fine at low speed. The shock is only there to slow the axle's movement and keep the tire in contact with the road.

The dealer will probably want to replace the entire axle assembly. If you're on a budget, you could probably get a welder to repair the mount, at least to the point where it will function normally. At the very least, have the dealer inspect everything for safety, theres a good chance the spring or the spring mounts will be bent causing alignment problems.
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Drive it to a body shop and have it banged back into place and welded. Like stated above, it doesn't really carry weight, it just slows down the movement of the axle. The spring carries the weight.
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The low shock mount is one thing I dislike the most about the Transit's suspension design. I believe Quadvan offers a modification to the rear shock mount by raising it a fair amount, getting rid of the low mount point. A shorter replacement shock is probably used in conjunction to the modified mount. This mod is offered when they perform the 4x4 conversion. You might consider that as your mount is already mangled. Speak with a local 4x4 shop and see if they can help you custom fabricate a mount.
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I'd have it welded locally and move on, then as soon as convenient I'd to some of the improved higher shock mounts from VanCompass. MGmetalworks/Expovans may have them as well. As stated above, this is not that big of a deal, just broken metal easily welded. Do-do occurs.
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The first thing I noticed was the low shock mount. Makes me want to move the shocks for some preventative future damage. I want to add a sway bar may need to investigate if they would work together. Thanks for the shock relocation supplier information. Good luck and safe travels on your limping van.
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just drive slow and get it replaced, have someone go in and jump up and down and see how it handles the weight now before getting back on the road.
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Thanks all. Drove it slow to the dealership and they put it on the lift and inspected it. The mechanic brought me back and showed me everything. He said Iím still fine to drive it (even at regular highway speeds) to where I can more conveniently get it fixed.

As many of you noted, it is just helping the leaf springs and not absolutely critical to be at 100%, especially with my air bags helping out. He also pointed out how much steel is still intact around the mount. He actually said if the shock completely breaks away to just unbolt it from the top mount and toss it so it doesnít rattle.

My options to fix it are to replace the entire axle or get a good welder to spruce it up. I had been debating the VanCompass lift and it may have made the decision for me as I, too, loathe having those brackets hanging down so low.

It is obviously a huge relief to be able to carry on for now. The only person more relived than I am is my wife, who is just so happy that she wasnít the one driving!

Huge shoutout to Whiteís University Ford ( https://www.whitesuniversityford.net/) in Laramie who checked it out promptly and didnít even charge me. They even got us out quickly enough we could still hit the trails before continuing to KS.


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As many of you noted, it is just helping the leaf springs and not absolutely critical to be at 100%, especially with my air bags helping out. He also pointed out how much steel is still intact around the mount. He actually said if the shock completely breaks away to just unbolt it from the top mount and toss it so it doesn’t rattle.

My options to fix it are to replace the entire axle or get a good welder to spruce it up. I had been debating the VanCompass lift and it may have made the decision for me as I, too, loathe having those brackets hanging down so low.
As stated before - the springs (and your airbags) hold up the van. The shocks don't even "help" the leaf springs. You don't need shocks at all just to hold up the van. You got a good dealer mechanic who said just toss it away if the mount completely fails.

The purpose of shocks are to be dampeners. They dampen the spring motions which would go boing boing boing boing boing each time you hit a bump.

Having said that, I wouldn't drive too much without a shock, especially if it's asymmetric with one good side. Shocks are important to maintain normal safe handling.

Replacing the rear axle is way overkill. Any half decent welder can fix it. Even I would be willing to weld it since it's not a structural part. You don't have to do the lift if you don't want a lift. You can just do the relocation kit by itself IIRC.

Yeah, it's a low mount. But check out where the lower shock mounts are on the pickup trucks. Especially check out the rear axle on the ProMaster.

If your wheel was high sided on the shock mount and hanging in the air, did the LSD actually work on just your one remaining drive wheel to get you out of there?

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