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Old 05-09-2007, 07:07 AM   #1
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Suspension question

Hey guys, when i was under my truck i noticed something that i don't understand. On the rear, the left and right shocks are at opposite angles. The back driver side is angled forward and the passenger side is angled back. Anyway, i'm sure there is a good reason that Toyota did this but i have no idea why, i was wondering if someone could shed some light on the subject. When i changed out the suspension on my BMW they matched up. Is this an off road configuration vs a street/racing configuration?
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does nobody know why the suspension is set up that way?
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...Is this an off road configuration vs a street/racing configuration?
Pretty much that was the way it was explained to me. I was told that because of the torque used on heavier duty axles (Heavier duty than a BMW sports sedan) the shocks are placed on opposite sides to account for twist in the axle and frame under heavy loads. Most trucks that I have seen the underside of are setup this way.

Take a look in a parking lot underneath a Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Mazda, etc... trucks pretty much all have suspension set up that way.

Heck! Even my old VW Rabbit Pickup (Caddy) had suspension in this configuration.

I might be wrong on the reasoning, but I know that it is common.
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Thanks 007, i knew it was set up that way for a reason i just had no idea what that reason was.
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Thanks 007, i knew it was set up that way for a reason i just had no idea what that reason was.
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