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Old 09-28-2008, 11:01 AM   #1
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Is there any downfall the using the blue aluminum shock caps over the stock ones? I really like the way they look but don't want to lose any performance.
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:17 AM   #2
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i use them and like them, dont know if they change the performance of the car or not.
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If you use the FT blue aluminum upper shock mounts also, there will be more binding at that point over time. As the anodizing wears off the aluminum to aluminum contact won't be smooth.

But I think AE sells a while delrin plastic sleeve for this purpose. Not sure what the number for it is though.
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the shocks were designed for the black plastic ones.. i was told by an ae factory driver to steer clear of different shock caps..
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the shocks were designed for the black plastic ones.. i was told by an ae factory driver to steer clear of different shock caps..
What possible logical reason is there that you would want to "steer clear" of the factory blue cap or even the Yoke caps? As long as the length is the same, they seal, and they fit properly they should perform identical. Common sense.

The plastic sleeves you are taling about are a Trinity part--they are made to use with the Trinity alloy shock mounts. I wouldn't use the blue alloy caps with the FT alloy shock mounts--they will wear quickly and have a lot of play in a short period of time.
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I just ordered some because I thought they looked cool after reading this that might of been a mistake
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Old 09-28-2008, 10:35 PM   #7
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Been using the aluminum shock caps for about four months and have never had a problem with them.
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I also use the aluminum shock caps on my B4, T4 and B44...

I made the switch because the eyelet on the plastic shock cap "oblongs" (causing slop) too fast to my liking.

I also use plastic sleeves on the aluminum caps (using Lunsford RC10GT shock mounts on the B44). Like d16dcoe45 has pointed out, aluminum rubbing aluminum wears out both of them fast.
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I switched to the blue shock caps after breaking one of the plastic ones in a crash. The Al are a lot tougher...

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I use the Associated 1598 caps with the Trinity 33007 mounts with Delrin bushings and this works very good and very, very smooth.
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I use them in the rear for my T4, I was shattering them like crazy so I made the change.
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I was allways told to stay away from them aswell, i think they can bend in a crash, thats what i heard anyway, i havent had any problems with the stock plastic ones so no reason for me to switch.
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the shocks were designed for the black plastic ones.. i was told by an ae factory driver to steer clear of different shock caps..
The shock design goes back to the original RC10 which ran aluminium caps so I guess that's what they were designed for..
Then in the early 90's they started offering aluminium caps only on the 'team' versions of the buggy and truck and plastic on the cheaper RC10CE and RC10T 'Sport truck'. Same deal with the B2,T2 'Team' vs 'Sport'. Then with the B3 and T3 they all came with plastic caps. It's just a cost saving thing..
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