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Re: what do you think of my shock mount idea?
JimC, what you described is correct for even bound and rebound articulation (Straight up and down),
but when the chassis is in roll, around curves and off camber in the rocks, you need to draw arcs
from the roll center, through the shock mounting points to maximize the damping effect. From that
mounting angle, to vertical is your compromise posiitons and where to put it depends on your
use/driving style more than anything else.
If you average your spring eye heights, and pull that dimension to the center of the axle,
that will give you the approximate roll center height.
Keep in mind, moving the lower shock mount to the bottom of the axle has a profound effect on the
shock mounting angle. Once you pick your mounting points, the stiffness of the shock is all you
have to adjust damping and roll rates, unless you run a sway bar, not likely on a zuk.