How To Match Your Shocks

In this article...
Page 1: Superior setup with help from Team Losi!
Page 2: Shock Length
Page 3: Proper Bleeding
Page 4: Checking Worn O-Rings
Page 5: Matching Your Pistons
Posted:  Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Provider Name:  RC Car Action
Issue:  March 2004
Written By:  Lito Reyes
Copyright:©2004 Air Age Media
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A shock that has too much fluid in it will be harder to compress fully; a shock that has too much air in it will move more easily at the end of its travel. When you build or rebuild your shocks, you should take care to bleed them evenly, or unpredictable handling might be the result. Here's how to test the shocks.

STEP 1. Mount the shocks on the tool without the springs.

STEP 2. From a fully extended position, compress the tool. While the shock shaft is being compressed, the pointer will move away from the shock that has more fluid in it. If one shock or both of them become easier to move) just before they are fully compressed, it means there's a significant amount of air in the system. When you feel the change in pressure, the pointer will suddenly swing toward the shock that lacks fluid. Keep in mind that properly bled shocks don't have much rebound. When compressed without springs, the shock shaft should selfextend only a couple of millimeters. If it extends any farther than that, there is too much fluid, and it if doesn't extend at all, there may be too little fluid.

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