Make Your RC Cars Shocks Shorter for Better Handling at High Speeds

Introduction: Make Your RC Cars Shocks Shorter for Better Handling at High Speeds

In this Instructable I will show you how to shorten your shocks so you can bring your car closer to the ground so you can take higher speed turns with out flapping.

I will utilize my other Instructable on how to do maintenance on your cars shocks so some of the steps will be the same.

You can find my other Instructable on shock maintenance HERE

The Stuff You Will Need:
-Shock oil ( I used 30wt)
-R/C Shocks (No duhhh =) )
-Paper Towels
-Pliers
-Fuel tubing

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Step 1: Taking Apart Your Shock

Remove the spring retainer from the piston. Then remove the spring from the shock.

Step 2:

Remove the clamp at the top and any other peaces left on the body of the shock. (see pic 1)

Attach a peace of tissue paper to your pliers(see pic 3).

After grabbing the piston with the pliers remove the bottom connector.

When you have removed that remove the dampener.

Look at the fourth photo for more detail on what to remove.

Step 3: The Messy Part

Empty out the shock fluid by removing the top cap of the shock.

Then remove the piston and wipe it clean.

Step 4: The Hard Part Is Done

Now cut a peace of fuel tubing for this Instructable i used a 2 cm piece.

Slide the fuel tubing on to the shaft of the piston then re insert the piston.

Step 5: Now Put the Shock Back Together

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    9 Discussions

    also see that peice of rubber that's supposed to act as a stopper/bumpstop on the shock shaft? remove it and you'll gain a bit more compression...I've done it to all my shocks and my crawlers crawl better and my other trucks handle better....

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    looking4ideas
    looking4ideas

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yah how ever when you are racing your truck that will cause you to brake a shock coming off a big jump when/if it bottoms out.

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    Furball_Fidelis
    Furball_Fidelis

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    the trucks are made to take off big jumps to begin with...the tires will absorb some of the impact, and if your'e racing on a track the landing ramp makes for a much softer landing,and your shocks shouldn't bottom out off a landing ramp anyways...if they are they're too soft ...if your'e bashing your truck...who cares..go with some thicker shock oil and/or stiffer springs if you're bashing

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    sharlston
    sharlston

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Im guessing this is why drifting/touring/street cars have smaller less travel shocks?

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    10 years ago on Introduction

    1 piece of tube and you don't have to buy new shocks? That's a neat & simple reversible mod. L

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    looking4ideas
    looking4ideas

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    it took me ages to find this mod on the net so i decided to place it on this site where more people can get a hold of it