Dylan, that picture you show here, is this kind of a reverse link setup that its running, i noticed its got two coil carriers on it, whats with that? light spring rates? or just mock up? I would be really interested in seeing the rest of that truck!DylanDr said:Nice job guys!
Mounting the shocks flat like that doesn’t affect function; they can be mounted in any position. But it does affect the bending stress of the shock. When the shock is generating the most force it is also subject to the most inertia acting sideways on it. This is when the shock wants to buckle. It the shaft is strong enough it won’t buckle but it will wear the shaft bushings and piston wear band WAY faster. When you start getting serious with the valving (ie. Bypass) you could run into some problems with buckling. I would move the reservoir to its own mount, the weight of it piggy backed to the shock like that will wear the shaft bushing faster(I like the DR sticker on the reservoir).
You can get some really cool progressive shock action out of a bell crank like that if done correctly. Then again you can get some really bad falling rate ratios too that make it want to bottom bad if not done correctly. The way the link changes angle through its travel has a lot to do with it.
Here is a picture of a relay arm that is a little different but has a 17% rising rate from droop to ride height and from ride height to bump has 56% rising rate….almost makes a bypass not needed. This geometry could be rearranged to look like your bell crank and have the same caricaturists.
sorry the picture got cropped and you cant see the down link