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Author Topic:   Shocks
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 73
posted April 11, 2002 12:09 AM
Ok, just a couple of questions. which would be better, running the shocks upside down(body on bottom), or right side up(body on top). Ive heard some people say to run them upside down, and i have also heard different. What are the advantages or disadvantages to running them upside down? Just kinda wondering.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 242
posted April 11, 2002 08:47 AM
No difference in performance, the only advantage may be clearence issues

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 90
posted April 11, 2002 08:57 AM
One issue you should consider is sprung vs. un-sprung weight. Granted, shocks are really not that heavy, but the general rule is to have your un-sprung weight as light as possible. I'd run them body on top.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 97
posted April 11, 2002 10:19 AM
I always thought that upside-down meant the body was on top. If the company says you can, I guess I would run them that way for weight. Do you guys think there is any life-span savings to running them the standard way (Body on bottom)?

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 242
posted April 11, 2002 12:38 PM
Reguardless of how you mount it half the weight of the shock is considered unsprung weight.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 53
posted April 11, 2002 04:10 PM
From what I have read in a Steve Smith book mounting the shock upside down or right side up usually will not make a difference. However, one of the main advantages of running a shock up side down is to keep the shock body as far away from the brake caliper as possible. If you are running on a track condition that requires heavy breaking and the shock is located next to the break caliper it could absorb the heat causing it to "go away".

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 121
posted April 11, 2002 05:47 PM
I would also think that the kind of shocks you have on it will matter.. Some guys around here are running valved shocks with different settings on the rebound from the compression.. I think that might come into effect of how the shock would work--??


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