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Unread 10-10-2002, 08:41 AM   #1
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Shock Question

Does anyone know why the flip their shocks, or rotate them. like in this picture??





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Unread 10-10-2002, 06:09 PM   #2
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in the rear my shocs hit the axle when the suspention flexes turnes them upside down the chrome rod clears the sxle fine

in the front at full stuff in the fender my brake caliper bolts hit and dent my shocks
any one els have this problem rs 9000 4 1/2 RE LIFT LOVE IT NO BUMP STOPE EITHER
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Unread 10-10-2002, 06:25 PM   #3
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MonkeyWrench,

Got any pics of your Jeep?

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Unread 10-11-2002, 03:27 AM   #4
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no offense, and not to be rude, but that has nothing to do with my post, please stick to the post of why do they flip them like that??

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Unread 10-11-2002, 07:05 AM   #5
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Yeah, most shocks are to wide to mount upright on the rear axle due to what monkeywrench said. One thing to look for is that the shocks can be mounted upside down according the manufacturer. My Doetch (sp) shocks that can with the RE lift were made to be mounted either way and they don't hit anywhere.
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Unread 10-11-2002, 08:00 AM   #6
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As for mounting them upside down, when I was working on late model race cars, there was rumor that mounting them upside down would change the compression/rebound rate. Several racers started it and a lot of others followed. My though was it might change it slightly as the main valves would no longer be in oil but in the gas as the oil moved down to the bottom half (actually the top)of the shock. BUT I have not read any manufacturer info stating that this was true.
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Unread 10-11-2002, 10:19 AM   #7
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My though was it might change it slightly as the main valves would no longer be in oil but in the gas as the oil moved down to the bottom half (actually the top)of the shock. BUT I have not read any manufacturer info stating that this was true.
Like I said, a lot of the newer shocks have the ability to be mounted either way becaus they have been made to be correctly oiled either right-side up or upside down.
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Unread 10-11-2002, 11:07 AM   #8
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did you all look at the pic, i mean mine are mounted up right (normal) and work fine.. i didnt know if it was better to do it there way??

I need new shocks b/c the ones i have right now hinder my flex, i dont know where to buy long travel??

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Unread 10-11-2002, 11:15 AM   #9
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Looking at the picture that you show in your link above, I wouldn't be able to comment on the reason why he did it personally.

Hey might have made himself a set of shock-hoops, or needed to lower his shock-mounts, or .. any one of a dozen reasons.

Generally, I would go with what K&L suggested .. it was done by race cars owners for a different shock feel ..

And Shawn .. take your shocks off, flex your beast till it can't go anymore, then measure your compressed side and your extended side. Use those measurements to contact Rancho (or any shock manufacturer you desire) through their webpage and just order it. There is always the ability to check with your local 4x4 shop as well, as they normally carry a wide range of shock sizes for just about every lift kit on the market.
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Unread 10-11-2002, 11:28 AM   #10
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ya, i just saw the shox upside down... looked cool, i will have to try the flex idea!!!


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