View Full Version : Mounting shocks at an angle.....
04-29-2003, 03:00 AM
My RS5012's come in today and I want to make the most use of them.
Is there a 'right' way to measure the angles that you need to mount the shocks as to get proper operation and useage of them? Rockjeep44 (Andrew) has the setup I am talking about.... on the rear axle... ;)
[ April 29, 2003, 09:02 AM: Message edited by: River Beast ]
04-29-2003, 03:08 AM
Todd, I helped Mr. TRD on Gatecity do his rear shock setup. Is was simple. We took his 5012's and extended the shock to the half way point and then stuck it up where he wanted it to mount to the axle and then angled the top to the half way point on the shock hoop we made for the top. The angle on his shock is around 60 degrees. This setup provides mad flex. I'm going this route as soon as the 14 bolt finds its way home. :D
[ April 29, 2003, 09:11 AM: Message edited by: blt2krl ]
04-29-2003, 06:46 AM
like paul said, set up the shock so it's about 50% extended when the vehicle is sitting at rest. Since you're running arched lift springs, you might want to go 40% extended RB, since you probably have more down travel than up, but you'd know better than me. You can always use a ramp to check all of this too of course. The shocks can pretty much go at any angle you want, just remember that the further off perpendicular you get, the shock will travel less relative to the axle, so you will get less damping at greater angles off vertical. If your shocks are adjustable then this really isn't too important since you can just turn them up a notch or two.
04-29-2003, 07:45 AM
I understand the concept of mounting the shock at mid travel.... but there had got to be a method to the madness of proper dampening when the shock is mounted at the angle....
Since the shocks are angled. dampening is affected... but if they are angle opposite each other, do they counter-act and help each other out.... am I reading too deep into this.... let me know.....
04-29-2003, 09:00 AM
No, the shocks do not counter-act each other.
Click here to see an article about shock angles vs. dampening angles, etc.
04-29-2003, 09:29 AM
Nice find!!! that is what I was looking for!!! thanks alot!
04-29-2003, 09:58 AM
So I can't mount them parallel to the axle? I misunderstood your orginal question Todd.
04-29-2003, 10:07 AM
Originally posted by blt2krl:
So I can't mount them parallel to the axle?That would only control the axle if it's moving sideways on you.
Perpendicular would be much better.
04-29-2003, 12:03 PM
04-29-2003, 12:25 PM
04-30-2003, 01:47 PM
Just for a reference, here's a closeup of the simple mounts I made. A custom crossmember would be better but for the abuse I give my truck these have held great.
05-01-2003, 12:15 AM
thanks... I saw that pic in the fuel thread...
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