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silly question?...not sure...why can't shocks be mounted upside down?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by trevthefatty, May 6, 2010.

  1. May 6, 2010 at 8:20 PM
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    trevthefatty

    trevthefatty [OP] Wheelin' the Great White North

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    hey, today I was putting a set of rough country shocks on my 1st gen 4X4. I read that the leafs might hit the shocks so theres a post on how to space them properly. As I was putting them on, I wondered, why couldn't a guy just install them upside down so the shock body was up out of the way of the leafs? btw I'm no auto buff lol....
     
  2. May 6, 2010 at 8:26 PM
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    steve o 77

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    I don't see why you can't mount them upside down. They are sealed.
     
  3. May 6, 2010 at 8:34 PM
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    if you get debris or mud build up stuck on the bottom of the shock body when upside down, you could scrape up the shafts and eventually cause dead spots on the shafts...

    that being said though, there have been countless folks with 1st gen tacos that ran their shocks upside down... some had slight pitting, but most never had a problem with it...
     
  4. May 6, 2010 at 8:40 PM
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    Actually, it's not that silly of a question. Mono tube shocks can be mounted upside down, twin tube cannot.
     
  5. May 7, 2010 at 1:57 PM
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    trevthefatty [OP] Wheelin' the Great White North

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    hmmm...I see....I think I'll keep mine the normal way and space them away from the leaf, partly cause they're already on, and yeah I was thinking the rubber boot/shield would probably get hooked on a stick or something. Cool thanks guys!
     
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