Originally Posted by AMGRacer
OK I know that the regular advice is that the shocks on your car should be the same length and that they should rebound equally. But how important is this really?
On modern nitro sedans the total amount of travel is controlled by the droop screws and the shock collar/spring. Therefore if one shock is not the right length it really does not matter as they do not bottom out right?
Similarly I would say that the rebound amount dictated by the compression of the shock oil is such a small amount of force compared to the total spring force that a small difference in this already small force would be almost unnoticable?
Agree/disagree? I personally have never noticed any ill effects on my cars performance even when the shocks were not totally "perfect".
In my case I do not put me car on scales (1/8th scale) or use a tweak board so I use the location of the shock collars to set each side of the car equal.
I set droop with a droop gauge and then set each collar to the same location on each side, not front and back, to set ride height. If the shocks are not the same length this system won't work, so I always take the time to make the shocks the same length.
There are lots of ways to do this so I am sure a debate could start about things like lifting up the car to meaure tweak, etc.
I tend to agree with you about rebound but I still try
to make rebound the same.