73 Staggered rear shocks

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by Brett Hogg, Aug 21, 2015.

  1. Brett Hogg

    Brett Hogg New Member

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    All, can you tell me the reason behind staggered rear lower shock mounts. Should i leave them like this, is there a mod to make them both the same?
     
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    Staggered shocks reduce wheel hop. If you put both of them on the same side of the axle, the car becomes almost undrivable when good power is applied to the rear end. Ask people how their '67 Camaros and early Novas handle power with same-side shocks.
     
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    GM designed the staggered set up to help control/eliminate wheel hop
     
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    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yep - the early 67 Camaros has non staggered shocks and their rear ends were pogo sticks
     
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    lol - I remember those days very well.
     
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    Still....I've read a long topic on YB about putting both shocks to the rear of the rear end what should improve straight line acceleration, what should reduce wheel hop too. Will try to find the link.
     
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    On a stock 2nd gen rear suspension?
     
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    This is true on a ladder bar or 4 link suspension with coil over adjustable shocks.
     
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    Can't find the exact topic of course. Thinking about it, I remember now that the discussion was about the benefits of mounting the shocks directly to the rear end, not to the lower shock mount.
     
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