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Does a shock need be mounted fully open??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by tlmartin84, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. tlmartin84
    Joined: Jul 28, 2011
    Posts: 762

    from WV

    Should a shock be mounted in the fully open position? Or can it be compressed some at ride height?

    I am getting ready to mount my shocks, and ideally I needed a 14" open and 10" closed shock. Closest thing NAPA has is 16.5-10.25. So will It hurt to compress it a couple inches?

    Also do you all have any pics of custome mounts you have made???
  2. '54Caddy
    Joined: Sep 11, 2009
    Posts: 929


    At ride height, you want the shock to be half compressed
  3. 1/3rd compressed

    An axle will go up further than it will move down under normal conditions.
  4. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 6,633


    I try to set them up at about 1/3 compressed at ride height.
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  5. tlmartin84
    Joined: Jul 28, 2011
    Posts: 762

    from WV

    Thats what I figured, give me 4" up and 2" down....
  6. Zombie Hot Rod
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,451

    Zombie Hot Rod
    from New York

    Add another vote for 1/3 compressed.
  7. nutajunka
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,466

    from North Indy

    Remember to account for the angle the shock will be mounted in, unless straight up and down.
  8. Pro street rod shocks list IE: ride height 9"
    compressed 7.5"
    Extended 10.5"
    Speedway catalog refferance.
  9. Magnum Wheel Man
    Joined: May 11, 2011
    Posts: 418

    Magnum Wheel Man

    fully extended shocks do ugly things to the ride, when they bottom up, & with the momentum of the body, often get torn apart as well
  10. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    If you even end up so you are half way between open and closed you will be ok. I use the shocks from Speedway and set them up according to the chart, like dirt t posted.


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