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Old 02-15-2003, 01:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Now I can ask this question without being yelled at! kickass! Thanks lance.

Anyway- Why do rigs even run shocks on trails? If you're not going over 3 mph, what in the hell does a shock do other than limit travel? I know what shocks do for street, they resist a hard, sudden compression or droop, which, is obviously really cool on the street, but on the trail... Why? Why not just run limiting straps and bump stops? This is assuming rockcrawling, not mudding and such.
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Old 02-15-2003, 02:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Imagine for a second that you're about to drop your front end off a 3 foot ledge.

What's gonna happen when you hit the bottom?

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I see, now that makes some sense... Always gotta plan for the things you cant plan for....
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Old 02-16-2003, 12:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Have a read of this, it's another guy who wondered if shocks were necessary and he found out the hard way.

http://www.bc4x4.com/tr/1999/rc99acc...acct.cfm#micah
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Try it. You will never not run shocks again. I thought the same thing and tried it. As soon as I would go up a rock and my back tires would start to climb if the tires slipped at all I would just bounce all over the place. If your a bouncin then you cant get no traction
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Old 02-16-2003, 02:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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No susp. system is complete without dampening. You have to be able to controll the speed in wich the spring moves.
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Old 02-16-2003, 04:33 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I didn't have shocks in the rear of my old heavy arse K5-Blazer. Man did that suck. Bouncing over every obstical. And trying to climb a rocky-rutted hill climb...for get it.

I'd like to blame the no shocks for the broken main leaf spring too.
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Old 02-16-2003, 02:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Didnt have shocks in the back of my truck, steep hill climb rear end started bouncing blew the driveshaft ended up on my lid..... My new truck will have rear shocks
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