We like finding out about homemade tools that hot rodders have created to solve some sort of in-shop dilemma. The best of them are simple in design, low in cost, and easy to use-the kind of thing that makes you ask, "Why didn't somebody think of this before?"

Sometimes, these "homemade" tools come out of a pro shop, like these temporary mock-up shock absorbers they use in the shop at Kugel Komponents. The crew at Kugel had been doing what many builders do when setting up a suspension-bolting in a length of flat stock with holes drilled at both ends prior to installing the shocks-when they came up with something better: a two-piece sliding Shock-Mockup consisting of a length of steel sliding inside an outer sleeve. A series of holes allows the part to be installed at various heights for determining the proper shock length.

Now, Kugel is manufacturing the Shock-Mockup for the hot rod market. These are available in three different lengths and can be used on independent or solid-axle suspensions, front or rear, anywhere tubular shocks or coilovers will be used.

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Kugel Komponents