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Rezarf
06-27-2011, 10:25 AM
I am adding some shocks to the trailer to help it dampen on road and at speed on the dirt.

Is it too much angle to have the shocks running at 35* in relation to the ground? They will be laid over pretty flat... but to the shackle mount. I am wondering if they will still provide some dampening.

Adventure Trailers lay theirs down pretty flat, but I know that the more vertical you run them the better... or am I off a bit?

I am not looking to get Cadillac ride quality out of 20" long 3500# springs, but just to keep the trailer from bouncing hard.

Thanks dudes and dudettes. :thumb:

Air Randy
06-27-2011, 12:36 PM
How much weight are you carrying on those 3500 lb springs? Unless it's a lot, I doubt if the springs are going to compress enough for the shocks to even do any good.

coax
06-27-2011, 02:32 PM
Here's a few links that may be helpful. The pirate article is pretty lengthy, but I think what it comes down to is the effectiveness of the shock is effectively reduced as the angle increases, due to the fact that the piston moves less compared to the vertical spring travel. So, Randy's point is very valid, that if the spring isn't moving much vertically, then the shock stroke at a 35 degree angle will be moving even less. That being said it sounds like you'd want to run a shock with little compression and lots o' rebound?

http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavista/coilovers/Part_1/#TheAngleFactor


http://www.4x4review.com/Portals/1/OldImages/feature/shock-genius-1.gif (from here: http://www.4x4review.com/Features/Tech/BeAGeniusShockAbsorbers/tabid/307/Default.aspx )

Rezarf
06-27-2011, 03:45 PM
How much weight are you carrying on those 3500 lb springs? Unless it's a lot, I doubt if the springs are going to compress enough for the shocks to even do any good.

1000# wet.

I might pull a leaf as well. :thumb:

Coax, thanks that is a cool chart.

corsair23
06-27-2011, 04:57 PM
Coil spring it :)

Rezarf
06-27-2011, 10:16 PM
Coil spring it :)

I think I'd trailing arm/airbag it first... or just add some cruiser springs for the length (more likely).

Thanks Jeff! :D:thumb: