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What do you guys think about shock cover?

Old 05-03-2013, 08:41 AM
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I just purchased a set of used big bore shocks for my RC8. They are missing some parts and need a good cleaning and rebuild. One of the parts missing is the dust boots. What do you guys think about shock covers instead of boots? For the price of the boots, I can get covers and protect the whole shock instead of just the shaft. I'm not much for tinkering with my shocks at the track. I usually find a good setup and run it all day, so I dont think they would get in the way during the race day. Anybody with pros and cons please chime in. Thanks guys.
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I run no shock boots/covers/rubbers of any type. All they do is hold water and rust my shafts. They also hide the fact that my lower cap is unscrewing and about to fall off during the main.

I replace my Orings as needed. Maybe once a year.
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My opinion is that shock covers are not needed. I've never seen a race where something happened to a guys shock that could have been prevented with shock covers.

Plus, I see them causing interference with the action of the springs.

I say run the rubber boots.
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I run no shock boots/covers/rubbers of any type. All they do is hold water and rust my shafts. They also hide the fact that my lower cap is unscrewing and about to fall off during the main.

I replace my Orings as needed. Maybe once a year.

So you don't run boots or covers? I guess I never thought of it, but I guess boots and covers arent really necessary especially if you break your shocks down often. New question then, who doesn't run boots or covers? What are the potential risks? What about running on a dusty track?
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It depends some are better than other shock cover wise the RC8/RC8T are pretty good and dont really bind. The Losi ones are just terrible tear to easy and bind like crazy !

On a dusty track the boots to help but really if you just pop the spring off and the holder and wipe the dirt off the lower cap its fine and use Green slime also the boots arent completely needed.
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I run no shock boots/covers/rubbers of any type. All they do is hold water and rust my shafts. They also hide the fact that my lower cap is unscrewing and about to fall off during the main.

I replace my Orings as needed. Maybe once a year.
...Huh?
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@ the OP..You're not likely to see many, if anyone running full shock covers.

1/8th scale throws some serious dirt, the boots do protect the shafts from rock nicks.
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Shock covers will tend to bind up the springs. At the best, they will stiffen the spring rate.

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A company here in Italy produces them for most major brands. I tried them with my Losi and my JQ when i drove that car. The track I was driving on was ridiculously dusty. They do work well. They keep the crap from filling up the threads on the outside of the shocks and they keep the oil a lot cleaner. They are a monstrous pain in the ass to do even the smallest adjustments.

I set my car up without them and then put them on for racing.
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Originally Posted by nitroexpress View Post
Shock covers will tend to bind up the springs. At the best, they will stiffen the spring rate.

can you find these for the losi 3.0
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we do our own ones with jersey textile




never had the problems mentioned above and we use them since two years
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Ya, but you guys drive on the WRONG side of the road too..

just givin' you crap Pulse
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I ran covers that actually cover the entire shock not just the spring. The covers that only cover the spring leave the rest of the shock still exposed to all that crap that you should clean off before adjusting preload.
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