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Old 07-06-2008, 09:12 AM   #1
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I have had my Losi 8ight since last August and still have the original springs on it. The car feels good (to me) but I was just wondering when people usually replace the shock springs?

I have never broken one, and can't feel a difference in the tension but I just thought I would ask.

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i would think if u take care of the springs....as in Not storing the car on its wheels u should be fine for a couple seasons....but if i were running the car much longer i would think on replacing them at some point.
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I usually store the car on the starter box.

Do the springs loose thier tension (even just a little bit) when used alot??

I should just replace them anyway, but I am curious to know.

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Unless they get bent, broke or otherwise damaged they should never need replacing.

A coil spring does not ever lose it's spring rate unless it gets physically damaged. A new springs uncompressed length will get shorter after a while until it reaches a set and then will remain the same throughout it's life.
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yeah they should last the life of the buggy, unless they get damaged..
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I have a spring tension-ometer sort of doo-dad, that we built years ago, and check my springs each time I completely go through the car/truck or after each large event and have found that some springs loose some of their "rate" over time. I primarily use it to closer "match" sets of springs as there are minor differences bewteen springs of the same color. Nothing lasts forever, and as a result it's usually been my practice to replace them each season so as to start out with new ones each year.
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i wouldnt think that you would ever have to replace the springs
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That's all good info guys. I guess that unless I damage the springs, they should last the life of the buggy.


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I have a spring tension-ometer sort of doo-dad, that we built years ago, and check my springs each time I completely go through the car/truck or after each large event and have found that some springs loose some of their "rate" over time. I primarily use it to closer "match" sets of springs as there are minor differences bewteen springs of the same color. Nothing lasts forever, and as a result it's usually been my practice to replace them each season so as to start out with new ones each year.


any more info on this ? im curious ?
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