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Old 02-05-2014, 02:07 AM   #1
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outboarded shocks

What does outboarding achive?

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Old 02-05-2014, 08:18 AM   #2
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Long travel shocks, better stability, etc and it looks nice IMO.

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Old 02-05-2014, 08:23 AM   #3
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This is a good read if you haven't seen it already:

Outboarding rear shocks AND upper spring bucket relocation - JeepForum.com

Your questions will be answered in there, but in short it helps in a few areas. If you want to move the lower shock mount up and out of the rocks so you don't keep hitting it, you also need to move the top shock mount. It also allows you to run a longer travel shock, and it helps improve the handling/ride of your Jeep. Many people comment on how those side to side jarring bumps are not nearly as harsh after outboarding.
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Thanks guys ill give that a read
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So a guy in m club says that angeling them in like an A shape would be better than outboardig anyone have an opinion on this?
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Wouldn't that bind at bump as well as reduce stability through uneven surface cornering, put more strain on the bushings/seals, and encroach on the already limited space that is on the inside of the frame? Seems like if it was of much benefit you'd see a bunch of companies making kits to do that too.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:16 AM   #7
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So a guy in m club says that angeling them in like an A shape would be better than outboardig anyone have an opinion on this?
No. Never seen a comp buggy with this set up.
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So a guy in m club says that angeling them in like an A shape would be better than outboardig anyone have an opinion on this?
It sounds like he doesn't understand what outboarding is. Typically when someone outboards shocks they do angle in like an A to some extent (maybe ever so slightly), though not like you're probably imagining in your head. That's part of what helps give you the better side to side stability.

How is that guy suggesting you mount your shocks?
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So a guy in m club says that angeling them in like an A shape would be better than outboardig anyone have an opinion on this?
the shocks should be positioned perpendicular to the control arms along the long axis of the rig for maximum efficiency.

mounting shocks over the axle in an A-shape is old 70s/80s tech for big lift leaf springs. it reduces shock efficiency.

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I'm not sure I want to know why he has his rig chained to his axle...
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The guy giving me advice is kind of older drives a cj5 also
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Wouldn't that bind at bump as well as reduce stability through uneven surface cornering, put more strain on the bushings/seals, and encroach on the already limited space that is on the inside of the frame? Seems like if it was of much benefit you'd see a bunch of companies making kits to do that too.
What kit would there be to make when the shocks are already in board from the factory? That is after all the one of the point of out boarding.
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What kit would there be to make when the shocks are already in board from the factory? That is after all the one of the point of out boarding.
Was my post really that confusing?

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