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Old 03-25-2012, 11:17 AM
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How far should front shocks be compressed with wheels hanging?

The title pretty much says it all. My front suspension is finally in, I just need to add upper shock mounts. What percentage of the shocks travel should be compressed when the frame is supported and the wheels are hanging? Shocks are Bilstein, if it matters.

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Ok I'll bite, none. The shocks should be fully extended.

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I figured I would need something like 5 - 10% compression to keep the shock from bottoming out if my front wheels ever come off the ground... I guess that wont happen though due to the slow expansion speed of a (functional) shock. Also, since I have never opened up a shock and looked inside, I cannot really say if "bottoming out" is a real problem.

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i think you are correct
i would leave a small amount of travel
you dont want the shocks to bottom out on either end
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