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Transversely Mounted Shocks?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by CHEVY 4WD, May 6, 2004.

  1. CHEVY 4WD

    CHEVY 4WD 1/2 ton status

    May 14, 2002
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    Im not excally sure if thats how you spell it, but Im talking about how on a Chevrolet the mount the rear shocks with one painting toward the cab one pointing the other way. As fas as I know this is only to help prevent wheel hop, but does it really help that much compared to just mouing both shocks going reward? Right now I dont get ANY wheel hop(axle warp) at all even with a 4in block and gov-loc. and I would really like to keep it that way.
    Also is there any other benefits to transversely mounted shocks? /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
  2. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

    Dec 13, 2000
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    Roy WA
    I'll chime in on this one. I asked before, no one put forth any reason GM did this. You look at brand new vehicles, and you will see both shocks on the same side of the axle. Probably not all vehicles, but it is commonly done. Weren't fords always this way?

    Perhaps with staggered shocks there is more resistance once wheelhop starts, since the pinion climbs, which starts the "wrap" then once spring pressure overcomes that movement, the pinion snaps back down...with shocks on both sides I guess that would slow down both movements.

    However, you'd THINK that since commonly you mash the gas going forward about 100 times more than in reverse, preventing the pinion from climbing in the first place would be all you care about.

    If someones got a better explanation, I'm all ears! /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

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