Originally Posted by Joel Lagace
DIRT bike racers should have an explanation for this one as they inverted there shocks years ago in the front.....
With rc clearances would be hard to maintain in some cars if you inverted the shock. The lower arm mounts on my B4 buggy would not accept the flip.
Not sure if air in the shock would be any worse upright or inverted, once the shock has been pumped a few times any air in the oil has be mixed.
good question not stupid at all
Actually inverted shocks on motorcycles are technically right side up and their old shocks were upside down.
On the old shocks the wheels was attached to the shock body. On inverted shocks the wheels are attached to the stanchion tube (Shock shaft). The main reason they did this was to reduce unsprung weight. The stanchions tubes are a lot lighter.
You do not want to run r/c car shocks with the bodies down as this increases unsprung weight and makes the suspension less reactive.
Think of it this way...extend you arm out in front of you and move your hand up and down as fast as you can. Now try the same thing with a 5lb weight in your hand. The mass resists you attempts to move it. On the track this would be seen as a loss of traction.