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Author Topic:   Proper Way to Set Ride Height?
RC Racing
Member
posted May 06, 2003 09:58 AM
Iíve heard that to properly set your ride height, you should disconnect the shocks. But I wonder if that is really necessary when using racing shocks.

Why? Well I donít remember for sure, but donít racing shocks stay set in the same position that you leave them in? In other words, if I take a shock a compress it through part of its travel, wonít it remain at whatever point I set it at?

And if this is how a racing shocks operates, why canít we leave them attached while setting ride heights?

Or am I concerning myself or nothing?

Appreciate the feedback folks. Iím finally at a point on my ďprojectĒ car to scale it and set it up for racing. (FINALLY!!!!)

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dman60
Member
posted May 06, 2003 12:49 PM
I would think that if a shock held part of the weight up, then I would be checking a shock for some major binding. Same goes for scaling a car. Even though I'm VERY limited in the thinking department, I can't think of any reason to disconnect a shock when properly scaling a car. I'd be glad to hear any comments and maybe learn something.
Thanks guys,
Dman


RC Racing
Member
posted May 06, 2003 01:09 PM
"dman60", I posted this question on the Modified section too. You might want to follow along there also.

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BK19
Member
posted May 06, 2003 08:11 PM
i always leave the shocks out cause when i scale it (hobbystock) you always end up taking the springs out and cutting them or shimming and it is alot easier to take front springs out and quicker


RC Racing
Member
posted May 07, 2003 01:43 AM
Any other comments/reasons?

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powerglides
Member
posted May 07, 2003 06:50 AM
From my own expierence i always take them loose on one end cause i found out they tend to hold the car up a bit when making changes to the cross % with weight jacks. The car can be scaled with the shocks hooked up but you have to wait for the car to settle after making changes.

[This message has been edited by CUSTOMPERFORMANCE (edited May 07, 2003).]

c21
Member
posted May 07, 2003 10:27 AM
I consider "repeatablility" of primary importance when doing set-up .... however, in the case of some shocks that add to the wheel rate at a given corner (My digressive bilstein's are representitive of this type)you can not get a true reflection of your total "springing" with the shocks disconnected.

... in any case, regardless of the type of shock you run, if you have a regular routine that you use when you scale .... you can be very repeatable even with your shocks attached ..... both for scaling (pecentages)and ride heights.

the trick is to bounce each corner one at a time in the same order (every time) we go LF, LR, RR and then RF ..... and, as you look at the cross (sitting in the car, while a helper does the bouncing) you also get a good idea of any "bind-y" corners.

c21