The lower mount on non HD trucks uses a U-style lower mount. You can set your adjustment knob to wherever you want. We started in the middle at 5, and the handling and ride of the truck was greatly improved.
Settings are good for performance driving and tower, while are super soft for cruising. This means the truck is now ready for any type of driving and we can change it when we need to in just a couple of minutes. Make sure that you set both sides to match left and right, but you can the front and rears differently as needed. After the new shocks were installed, we towed a foot enclosed trailer.
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Trophy Truggy Flux. The shock body is the housing that keeps everything together and guides the piston and shaft through its travel, much like an engine block. The shaft is what connects the actual suspension component, like a control arm or trailing arm, to the chassis via the shock body cap and provides the desired suspension travel.
Different lengths of shafts provide for more or less suspension travel, and the thickness of the shaft has a great impact on not only the durability of a shock, but the performance as well. The piston is where the magic happens. As a shock moves up and down, fluid flows through the piston controlling how fast the shock moves through its travel. External adjustments can change how fast or slow the fluid flows within the shock but it is the piston and subsequent valving that controls how the fluid moves.
Lastly, the reservoir serves as a sort of an external tank for nitrogen gas but will also fill with fluid when the shock is compressed. As a gas, nitrogen is compressible whereas fluid is not, therefore the displaced fluid has to go somewhere when the shock compresses. Some shocks have internal or inline reservoirs that are housed inside the shock body while others have piggyback or completely remote reservoirs.
Remote reservoirs are very common in off-road applications simply because the shocks are so large, they have to be mounted somewhere other than directly on the shock. If you were to fill a shock with only fluid and then vacuum out every molecule of air, you would essentially have a strut rod.
The fluid would not allow for the shaft to ingest inside the body and it would be unable to compress because the fluid has nowhere to go. Inside the reservoir is a nitrogen chamber. In some shocks, the chamber consists of a small bladder inside the reservoir, while in others, the chamber is separated by a small round disc called a floating piston.
As the shock compresses, the main piston attached to the end of the shaft pushes fluid up and into the reservoir. This displaced fluid puts pressure on the floating piston, compressing the nitrogen gas behind it and providing an internal spring rate. That is because of the buildup of pressure due to the compressing of the nitrogen. When a spring compresses, it absorbs all of the energy that it took to compress it.
As it rebounds, or springs back, it transfers that energy into the damper via the piston and shim stack. A shim stack consists of small discs of varying diameters and thicknesses that sit both above and below the piston. Most shock builders have a baseline curve that they know works best, or at least serves as a starting point when they valve a new shock based on the weight and spring rate of the vehicle. A shock typically is separate from the spring.
There are exceptions, but it doesn't matter what you call it, a shock, strut, or Widget Pin, they are not normally interchangeable without modifications. If your car has a shock, it will only accept a shock.
Likewise with a strut. Different companies have different policies on this subject. Using a good spring company Eibach , Intrax, etc. Cutting the spring with a blowtorch or using spring clamps is not. Click Here for more information if your vehicle is lowered. Shocks and struts are all designed to have different characteristics.
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