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Re: need your help(soa)??
The cantilevered shocks work very well. My theory for why they help out as well as they do on a side hill, is this. Cantilevered shocks act like softer shocks due to the cantilever affect(basicly leveraging the force of the weight at the corners). On a side hill, though, the down hill shock essentialy acts like it is less cantilevered(stiffer)since it accepting the weight from a more upright position. The uphill shock has the exact opposite forces affecting it thus acting softer. the result is that the rear end tends to squat down on the hill as it leans away from it. In any case whether my thoery of how it works or not is correct, the result is the same. My rig is extremly stable on side hills, and has prompted at least a few people that Ive wheeled with to try the same approach(since its cheap and easy), and everyone Ive talked to have experienced the same results. I am running my 9000s with in cab adjusters, (adjustable side to side as Infantry stated). Although the side to side adjusters are unique and may have some impact on side hill stability, I rarley ever even mess with them other than to adjust them equaly for whatever terrain Im wheelin. On steep rock climbs, firming up the rear helps to reduce hop, but adjusted down very low allows me to wheel through big rocks with a bit less tossing side to side. Here is a pic of the shock set up, its very simple, just a 2x2 x 1/4" square tube cross member, with shock mounts welded to it, then a couple of shock mounts at the axle tube and your done. It also allows the shocks to have an effective travel far greater than their 13" of up down travel.
However on one other note, I have ran the revolver shackles in the rear on this set up, a few different times, in fact I have them on now (to see if they would work better with the new traction bar installed), but the result is the same as I have always noticed with them, they cause far to much wheel hop on steep climbs for my taste. Although they allow outrageouse flex, there are some rocks that I just cant climb when they are on.
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