Hey all, I just came up with an idea that really seems smart, yet is so obvious that nobody has ever really proposed it.
Check it out:
I'm going over my new X-Ray '05 and after building the shocks, I placed one of them on the car upside-down, I just wasn't looking when I did it.
Now here's the deal...
RC and 1:1 racing cars are always looking for ways to :
1. Reduce sprung weight
2. Lower CG (Center of Gravity)
Why are we mounting our shocks the way we do??? If you want to lower the sprung weight and lower the CG then,
TURN YOUR SHOCKS UPSIDE-DOWN!
I know it sounds stupid, but read on...
I got this idea because in 1:12th we mount our shocks "upside-down" to help prevent oil leakage. It doesn't effect the shocks operation in the least, so thatís just what we do.
Now in Touring car (and every other form of RC), you have shocks sitting with their shafts pointing down and over time you do leak some oil, so turning them upside-down would definitely help with long-term oil leakage.
*Also of note, because the shock shafts would be higher up, they would be less prone to getting as dirty as they do now.
Next is sprung weight.
With the shocks in their "normal" orientation, the bulk of the shocks weight is carried by the chassis via-the shock towers. As the springs resist the weight of the car, they are also resisting the weight of the shock itself.
Now if you reverse the shock, the weight of the shock is now carried by the suspension arm and is now "unsprung" since the shock body is now UNDERNEATH the spring.
This does add to the unsprung weight of the cars arms however, yet the change should be minimal.
Last but not least, by having the shocks upside-down, you obviously lower the car's CG or Center of Gravity. As we all know, having a lower CG allows higher corner speeds and reduced body-roll.
So there you go, by simply turning our shocks upside-down, we gain:
1. Reduced oil leakage
2. Potentially cleaner shafts and longer life for O-Rings
3. Reduced sprung weight for quicker maneuvering
4. Lower overall Center of Gravity
I'm gonna really try this out to see if it works any better. It really should....in theory.
Lemme know what you all think...