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Old 01-08-2008, 12:46 PM
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What's the best way to mount shock absorbers???

I want to install the rear shocks in the '52 International truck I'm building, I have a 9 inch Ford rearend already installed using leaf springs, I want to install the shocks but have seen several different ways, I mean which direction should they point not how to actually bolt them up. (the shock perches are not welded to the housing yet)

the C-K series trucks have one pointing forward and the other rearward

ford's usually have them pointing towards the center of the frame

this truck oem had them straigth up

the ride heigth will be quite low but still enough to drive around carefully, the springs are the oem units, not too stiff not too soft, I want to mount the shocks in a way that will help planting the rigth rear tire to improve traction since I'm not using a locking diff, I have been thinking of using traction bars or ladder bars also.

my explorer has a 3rd. horizontal shock on the RR corner also, I wonder if it does any good, I don't think it helps much though.


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Go to Billy Shope's site as it will help you a lot in setting up that rear suspension..

http://home.earthlink.net/~whshope/

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The staggered shock arrangement found on GM vehicles (one behind the axle & one in front of the axle) is an attempt to minimize problems with wheel hop. Same with the horizontal "shocks" Ford used on some of their stuff.

Mounting them vertically will make them seem stiffer than mounting them at an angle.
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Shocks are installed to dampen the recoil of springs. The angle of installation does not hinder this function and has little effect as long as they are small. Do not confuse some of the rules of coil overs because it functions as the spring as well as the shock. I personally like the shock installed as close to the wheel as possible because that is where the largest displacement occurs. The further from the wheel you get, the less effective the dampening action becomes. Billy may say otherwise, but I don't consider the shock as a controller of wheel hop from spinning, axle twist from torque, or wheel to wheel weight transfer.

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controlling wheel hop under power is my main concern, please tell me how you guys are dealing with it, my RR tire bounces and looses traction.

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