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Author Topic:   LEFT FRONT SHOCK BOTTOMING OUT
WPP
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 162
posted October 04, 2002 11:13 PM
I have a new dirtworks 8 and for some reason the lf shock is bottoming out i am running 750 lf 800 rf 350lr and 325rr the resr of the dw guys are running 700lf 750rf with around 2inches of travel on theirs i just don't understand way this is happening do you guys think i need to add rounds in both front weight jacks or change springs the right front is about 3inches this is a chevelle front clip 68 to 72 the car has been really bad in handleing this is a swingarm car.

2nd2none
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 193
posted October 05, 2002 02:44 PM
what ride heights are you running with the DW8?? and are you sure that the rubber on the shock to tell the travel isnt sliding down.

WPP
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 162
posted October 05, 2002 04:55 PM
The ride heights are 6 3/4 on the rf 6 3/8on the lf the car feels bad during body roll today we worked on the car and what we found out when you jack the lert front up 2inches and the tire is still on the ground the frame lifts and you can take your hand and move the spring should you be able to do this i am just trying to get this car to run were at least you can drive it that how bad it is.

dirtracer14
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 334
posted October 05, 2002 07:06 PM UIN: 23443678
Do you have a 7" or 9" shock up front?

WPP
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 162
posted October 05, 2002 09:40 PM
I have 7 inch shocks has anybody else had this problem with a dw 8 with the spring on the lf

joeltjen
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted October 06, 2002 12:16 AM
sounds like you have a ton of cross weight in the car, giving you no preload on the left front spring. what are your wheel weights??? how much travel till you are bottomed out???

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Greggie
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 66
posted October 06, 2002 06:40 AM
I wouldn't get too shook up about the spring being loose in the pocket when it is clear off the ground. Maybe use some heavy duty wire ties to keep it from getting out of the pocket if it is in danger of that... I'm wondering the same thing as 2nd2none, I've seen several guys have that rubber just fall to the bottom of the shock. If you don't feel the car SLAMMING down on the left front, I would bet heavy that that is what is happening.

You can check really easily if it is, in fact, bottoming too easily on you. Put the socket on your jack and jack up the center of the rear-end housing. Then go jump on the front bumper. You should see before you ever go to the front of the car if it is going to bottom out. You should only pull the right rear tire off the ground about 1 1/2 - 2" at the point where the left rear tire comes off the ground.

Let us know...

Greggie

KK17
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 144
posted October 06, 2002 10:49 AM
Is the shock any good? could be that it lost its charge

nvracer
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted October 06, 2002 11:09 AM
It could also be the shock travel indicator on the shock is sliding down the stem. I you can use a tiewrap as an indicator to know for sure.

WPP
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 162
posted October 07, 2002 03:33 PM
I believe you guys are right i jack the car up and jumped on the frontend and the shock did not bottom out but when i jack the car up the spring still turns has no presure on it should i worry about this thanks for all the replys

jlfastride
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 81
posted October 09, 2002 11:19 PM
k ill say it before someone else does did you jack it up by the center of the rear end housing if so and you spring is still loose you got a very serious problem my bet is that you didn't jack it up by that pt. there is some serious physics going on here if you did. let us know.

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