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Old 11-05-2007, 10:16 PM   #1
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Installing rear shocks upside down? (less axle weight?)

I'm just curious will it be a problem if i flip over/around my rear shocks so now the shock body is mounted to the jeep chassis and the shaft is to the axle to try to lower the weight of the axle? Will it improve ride quality since now there is less weight of the axle?

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It has no effect on the axle's weight what so ever. But depending on the shocks you might not be able to run them upside down as they aren't designed for that.

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It has no effect on the axle's weight what so ever. But depending on the shocks you might not be able to run them upside down as they aren't designed for that.
Thanks for the fast response

You mean few lb wont make a difference?

LoL they are RC shocks hehe wtf i'll see if i can flip them whenever i can They are both with hooks so they should mount backwards with out a problem. My main concern is them leaking out.
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Old 11-05-2007, 10:29 PM   #4
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thats how mine are mounted and I have no problems
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thats how mine are mounted and I have no problems
ok cool no problems with hitting them around rocks either? Tomorrow we're suppose to get our first flurry for the year.
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Most shocks can be run upside-down without problem. The last four shocks (all different brands) I've had on my Jeep were all mounted upside down to provide better clearance away from the axle tube.
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Thanks for the response' every one, i shall flip mine around the next chance i get then and hope for the best Thanks again and peace out, I'm going to get some sleep since its few mins from midnight.
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:14 PM   #8
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Anyone have procomp shocks (the ones that come with a basic lift). I would love to flip them because they are hitting my exhaust on the right side.
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Anyone have procomp shocks (the ones that come with a basic lift). I would love to flip them because they are hitting my exhaust on the right side.
I'm running a similar shock and run them can up. You'll be fine.
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What is the reason for "less axle weight"

Is this to reduce the recipricating mass on the axle? This is typically done for racing applications, (IE lighter suspension components etc). Not sure how much of a benefit you will get with a jeep w/ lighter suspension components lol.
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What is the reason for "less axle weight"
Is this to reduce the reciprocating mass on the axle?
Yeah thats what i was thinking. It's the same reason why long arm kit is not recommended unless over 4"s. The less weight you have swinging around, the better off you will be.
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Yeah thats what i was thinking. It's the same reason why long arm kit is not recommended unless over 4"s. The less weight you have swinging around, the better off you will be.
Going long arm has nothing to do with weight at all. It has to do with suspension geometry and needing to straighten out what occurs when you put huge amounts of suspension lift on the stock short arm design. And running your shocks upside down will do nothing for you except give you added clearance from your coil bucket and the shock mounts.
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Going long arm has nothing to do with weight at all.
Hmm i'm hearing people say other things around here. "The long arms ride a bit rougher because there is more un???? weight moving up and down.

Anyhow i just flipped mine, we'll whats up tomorow.
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If The less weight you have off of that axle the better off you are. However if it gives added clearance then its just that much better!

Good luck w/ the "Flip"!

As mentioned earlier, the longer control arms help correct Geometry and also help keep the axles under the correct place under the vehicle.

The higher you go the "shorter" the wheel base becomes because it pulls those axles together if you want to think about it that way. Longer control arms will help alleviate that and put them back to the correct angle where they are supposed to be. The closer they are to being parallel to the ground the stronger they will be resulting in less of a chance of suspension failure. Same concept goes for the tie-rod on the steering when doing a lift. The higher you go, the increase of a chance of it breaking / snapping because its no longer on the same linier plane.
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I understand the reason behind longer control arms as you go with taller springs but you're missing the point.
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I understand the reason behind longer control arms as you go with taller springs but you're missing the point.
Nope, we aren't missing the point about long arm suspension design, YOU ARE.
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Bringing this back...
What about my Skyjacker Hydros?Can i install them upside down?
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What about my Skyjacker Hydros?Can i install them upside down?
Generally speaking, hydraulic shocks don't do as well when upside down as gas charged shocks do. That said, I have run two different hydraulic shocks upside down (Doetsch Tech & RockKrawler) without any noticeable problem. I would contact Skyjacker to ask how their Hydro does upside down.
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Installing rear shocks upside down? (less axle weight?)

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I installed Skyjacker Hydro 7000 shocks, and in interest of not having to futz with the boot, I mounted them upside down on the rear... for ~two days. They DO NOT work upside down. I took them off, reoriented them, and they work great.

BTW, I know someone with more money than I have to throw at my Jeep will have something to say. I drive ~95% on the road, daily driver. I know Skyjacker, or liquid shocks for that matter, aren't all "Fonzi" but they work great for my purposes.
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I was reading this thread and wondered... I haven't even looked at my shocks, but most shocks I'm familiar with have a protective can attached to the plunger that fits down over the cyclinder. If these shocks you are inverting are built like that, won't the can collect a lot of dirt and water and possibly damage the seal?
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Most shocks can be run upside-down without problem. The last four shocks (all different brands) I've had on my Jeep were all mounted upside down to provide better clearance away from the axle tube.
I installed my upside down with zero issues, when removing the old ones, I noticed the tubes were dented pretty good not allowing for full stroke, upside down you have much more clearance from the axle tubes.
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I was reading this thread and wondered... I haven't even looked at my shocks, but most shocks I'm familiar with have a protective can attached to the plunger that fits down over the cyclinder. If these shocks you are inverting are built like that, won't the can collect a lot of dirt and water and possibly damage the seal?
Im pretty sure just stock and OME shocks use that cover. Most offroad sshocks I have seen might come with the rubber cover, but that's easy to remove
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I installed some Heckethorns on the front of one of my CJ5's upside down once. They didn't work..
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All,

I installed Skyjacker Hydro 7000 shocks, and in interest of not having to futz with the boot, I mounted them upside down on the rear... for ~two days. They DO NOT work upside down. I took them off, reoriented them, and they work great.

BTW, I know someone with more money than I have to throw at my Jeep will have something to say. I drive ~95% on the road, daily driver. I know Skyjacker, or liquid shocks for that matter, aren't all "Fonzi" but they work great for my purposes.
Did this once, back in 2004, and the jeep bounced all over the place. Yeah, the hydros don't work can-up.

RC 2.2's are designed to be can-up but every single 2.2 I got (LOTS of replacements) leaked fluid down the shaft. I hate those shocks with a passion.
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Anybody know how the rancho 9000's work upside down???

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