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==Thread Hall of Fame - Content Sticky==

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:54 pm
by MNAirHead
I'd like to start a sticky with the content hall of fame... Unfortunately searching doesn't always show the best of the best.

Over the years, we've had some great ones on shock mounts, electrical, welding, fiberglass install, etc.

Please post a link to the best of the best threads.... of course STF (unless it's a vendor)

I'll start to make it easy to follow... I will combine the threads to one long note.

Edit by Leatherneck- Back to sticky status

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 12:02 am
by takotruckin
fox shocks vs.king shocks

soon to have bilstein and race runner too

btw, those are the king "preruner" series i think... they are gonna do the better ones later.
glad i could finally contribute something usefull...

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 7:49 am
by MNAirHead

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:53 am
by MNAirHead
Received an updated master list from David58... thanks again.
David58bug wrote:Here is a new versoin.

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Shocks and Springs Explained by Shmoishere
shmoishere wrote:To answer the question regarding the use of Bypass shocks solely to support the rear of a vehicle, I suppose "yes" it might be possible to do in a certain application. However, it will be horribly ineffective. For that reason the answer is actually "NO", and I will tell you why.

Bypass shocks are simply dampeners, just like all shocks. There primary intention is to control the speed of movement, not support the weight of the vehicle. There is an exception to this rule, but generally speaking it only applies to very light vehicles with very mild shock requirements. 99 times out of a hundred our vehicles will require "spring rate", in the form of torsion bars or coil springs to support the vehicles weight. For the most part shocks just slow the movement down as the suspension travels through its motion. Now, not all shocks go about controling that movement in the same way. Without going into a three page story about shock theory and function, let me highlight how a Bypass shock works differently than a typical shock. Most shocks are velocity sensitive. In other words, the faster the suspension moves up and down the more resistance the shocks generate. Bypass shocks differ in this way by allowing a portion of the shock oil to literally be bypassed around a portion of the valving. This happens at a specific location of the shocks travel, and can be internally or externally tunable to control how much oil gets by. What this effectively does is produce a shock that will work progressively as it moves through the range of motion. to make it sound really simple, it provides a shock that is both soft and firm, gradually getting stiffer as it is compressed. At the same time however, it is still velocity sensitive. Pretty complicated stuff, but this is the shock you want for the ultimate in adjustibilty, ride quality and performance. It (if properly set up) allows the vehicle to puff right over the smaller stutter bumps like a cadillac, and at the same time be able to control the really big hits without bottoming hard. They provide the utmost in dampening control.

Hope that didnt get too techy,

shmoishere wrote:FYI,

adjusting the nitrogen charge doesn't effect the shocks ability to dampen movement, at least not much. To make the shock "work" differently would require tearing it down and changing the internal valving. Adding Nitrogen WILL slightly increase the theoretical spring rate however.

This brings up a good subject. A LOT of guys have a misunderstanding of the difference between "dampening" and "supporting". Shocks and springs do not do perform the same jobs, yet so many people think they are damn near interchangable items, especially since the use of air shocks has become so mainstream. Let it be known, you cannot shock a car to compensate for a weak spring rate and visa versa. Well you can, But the car will not work for shite...hahaha. Maybe we should start a new thread regarding shocks, springs and their functions. I hear of way to many guys heading in the wrong direction regarding these items.

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Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 9:47 am
by MNAirHead
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Re: ==Thread Hall of Fame - Content Sticky==

Posted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:31 pm
by Leatherneck
Any interest in adding to this thread. NO BS (herbie) keep it on topic or it will disappear without notice.

Re: ==Thread Hall of Fame - Content Sticky==

Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:10 am
by rickosuave1987

Re: ==Thread Hall of Fame - Content Sticky==

Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:20 pm
by david58
Wow I am impressed to see somebody else add to this thread. :twisted:

Re: ==Thread Hall of Fame - Content Sticky==

Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:09 pm
by Ol'fogasaurus

An easy way to do some calculations


:oops: I meant to post this here

Re: ==Thread Hall of Fame - Content Sticky==

Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:03 pm
by itawolf
Joels a/c system on his super with ej power

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Re: ==Thread Hall of Fame - Content Sticky==

Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:18 am
by Ol'fogasaurus
Fixing cracks in sheet metal, tube, et al.

When I first bought my blue buggy I was very much overwhelmed and missed a lot of things. I even passed on a heck of a deal for a good price on a very nice rail mostly because I didn't understand what I was looking at or being talked about. I was also played with: given some really bad information that I think I am still carrying which is another reason I try to give the best info I can.

I ended up buying the blue buggy then, after one or two short trips to the dunes got ready to tear it down to make it more off-road worth based on what I thought was correct at the time. One of the things I had missed when I was looking at it was there was a crack in the tunnel at the rear of the hole for the e-brake (the angled up mounts of the brake had been removed which weakened up the area. Also, the cut for shortening the pan is usually made about 1" behind the e-brake hole.) going down both sides of the tunnel.

I cleaned the area up then had it welded by someone who was supposed to know what he was doing (he did!). Shortly there after the crack came back again, in the same area, so I had it rewelded again. After the third time I had a large boot/doubler made from sheet metal and bent to fit over the area then it too was welded in place; ~20 years later it is still holding.

One of the things that I don't think was done before the welding what to drill the end of the crack (only one end as the crack came in from the side of the hole but if the crack was in the middle of something then both ends would be drilled. After doing a search on the subject today I am attaching only one URL on this but there is a lot of comments on this, some of it being not too good in my opinion as some things stated were absolutely not true. One of the comments below is a truism: the ends of the crack may extend farther than the end showing on the surface shows!

Also on tubing, the recommendation was to drill, weld then add a doubler over the area. ... -car-frame

At the same time I looked up stress relieving after welding but, with the exception of two posts in a string the idea of localized stress relieving via a torch was not talked about. The one said it wouldn't work and the other said yes, it does work. I have seen it done several times by professional welder, depending on what they were told the part would be used for but the results I never heard about so I can't say a "yea or nay".

For what its worth.