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2muchtorque 08-11-2010 07:48 PM

First time I saw the thread is today, very very sorry for the passing of your son, he would want you to finish it. I am sure he is looking down from Heaven and saying, thanks Dad.

skull 08-12-2010 10:08 AM

shocks
 
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got the shocks in yesterday, used the old mounts off the 8 3/4 and just U-bolted to the new rearend, real low tech and ugly as sin, bet hey, it's not gonna be seen and it's functional.

now the question;
is the angle on the shocks too step or will they work OK?

Later:cool:

clamor 08-12-2010 03:36 PM

They're less & less effective the more you lean them over.
Here's a calculator:
http://www.stockcarproducts.com/pstech8.htm

-Chaz

skull 08-12-2010 04:22 PM

changes
 
weellllllllllllll, shocks are getting moved to the top of the C-notch and then we will have to reset the pinion angle to 2-3 degrees down,

Later:cool:

skull 08-13-2010 08:19 PM

shocks and angles pt 2
 
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reset the pinion angle today, now it is 2% down. had a friend make the shims out of 3/4'' X 3''' solid aluminum stock. he cut them at a 4% wedge shape and that was perfect.

we redid the shock mounts and now there straight up and down. next we are adding a rear-sway bar to help with the body roll in the corners.

put her together, take her apart, put her back together, repeat often as needed:D[;)l

Later:cool:

deerchooper 08-13-2010 09:39 PM

looks great.

whats up with the top secret painting you keep doing? lol

skull 08-13-2010 09:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by deerchooper (Post 169733)
looks great.

whats up with the top secret painting you keep doing? lol

glare from the flash and the sunshining brightly in the back ground bothers me:D

Later[dr

SugarRay8 08-14-2010 08:09 AM

Everything is turning out quite nicely! Really like the new location on the shocks, looks great. [cl

I think most factory setups have them at 25 degrees, but going off what “clamor” posted, you’ve got them right. :D

Sorry I haven’t been able to come up with any of the stuff you’ve needed, but I’ll keep looking.

Keep us posted if any new needs crop up.

clamor 08-16-2010 03:52 PM

From what I've seen shocks are rarely perfectly vertical, but I think that's more due to following the range of motion of the axle than a more 'ideal' position for the shocks.

You could take a statically valved shock & get 'variable valving' out of it by having multiple upper mounting positions, lean it more for less absorbtion.

Get one heavier than you think you're gonna need & lean it over 'till it feels right.
(watch this space for further ratgineering ;-) )
-Chaz

skull 08-16-2010 07:16 PM

ratgineering
 
chaz, ya outta wikpidea the '' ratgineering'' word.

l like it:D

can l use your'e word to discribe this set-up to others?

Later:cool:


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