So recently I replaced the factory adjustables on my 86 EA82 wagon. I had the old adjustables cranked to the high setting to help clear my 215/70/15 tires.
The new shocks had a spring perch that sat a bit lower, (3/4 in.) on the shock than were it was in the high position with the adjustables.
So hears what I did to mimic the extra preload/height of the old ones using the new shocks.
I did need a pair of old spring perches from another non-adustable EA82 shock set. lucky for me I've got tons of suba-spoob everywhere.
here's the pics, pretty self explainitory
New perch knocked off the new strut.
Flipped over and slid back on
Old set of perches slid on "correct" way to make lip to hold the spring
Finished, spring perch raised about 3/4 inch from factory setting.
Note this mod takes away a tiny bit of the "uptravel" of the shock. About 1/2 inch. Which for me is fine since I don't want the tire to be able to "stuff" too far into the wheel well and rub.