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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 17, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Shock placement pros and cons

All right guys I have got a 68 Camaro with a four link rear suspension getting ready to mount my shocks is there any pros or cons where I put them Or is it just a clearance issue
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 17, 09:17 AM
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Re: Shock placement pros and cons

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All right guys I have got a 68 Camaro with a four link rear suspension getting ready to mount my shocks is there any pros or cons where I put them Or is it just a clearance issue
Since you have a four link I assume you also have coil over shocks. You get better control, and easier access to the adjuster, with the shock behind the axle.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 17, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Yes I have coil over shocks I guess when I say the placement of them I mean do I put them out further by the frame or do I put them closer in to the center of the rear end most of the images I find I see people putting him about a foot away from the centerline of the rear end
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Re: Shock placement pros and cons

Shocks are going to offer the most control the closer to the end of the axle you can get them. But as you noted on drag cars with 14 to 17 inch wide tire tread widths (with even wider cross sections) there isn't a lot of room to attach the shocks at the end of the axle.

Your wheel and tire combination and the clearance they provide plus how you want to drive will determine placement. Keep in mind though a shock works best the closer to vertical you can get it; it will work up to sixty degrees off perpendicular to the axle. So depending upon suspension travel and wheel diameter the shock can me mounted a bit inside of the wheel and still work. (you may have to reinforce the shock mounts to account for side loading forces).

Just keep in mind that as you tilt the shock from vertical that trig is working against you; as the forces are a product of the angle made. So as they tilt the shock they apply less control, and the shocks valving has to change correspondingly (it could fall out side of the range the adjustment allows). This accounts for a lot of the shock placement you see with the mounting point closer to the housing.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 17, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Perfect that is what I needed to know thanks Dave
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