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Thread: Vaterra aluminum shock upper mount fix?

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Old 09-16-2018, 01:43 PM   #1
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Default Vaterra aluminum shock upper mount fix?

Ok guys, what is the best way to make a top pivot for the vaterra aluminum shocks. Iíve got a set that was on a used Truck I bought. I refused to buy these shocks because of a lack of included pivot for the top mount and the sloppyness of trying to come up with something to work. Iím ready to just put a plastic top cap on them because Iíve got spares but figured Iíd ask before going that route.
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Old 09-16-2018, 01:55 PM   #2
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Off the top of my head, all I can think of is lopping off the mount and grinding the cap flat with a dremel. Then drilling a hole in the center and putting a screw through from inside amd a rod end on top.
Ugly but effective?

*ha! Like a dravtech! Knew I saw something like that before.

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Old 09-16-2018, 02:13 PM   #3
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I saw that Natedog had got some Axial rubber inserts on one of his trucks. I can't remember the part number though.
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Old 09-16-2018, 02:16 PM   #4
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Searched and found these. Axial Racing - Silicone Shock Bushing 7.5x8mm (6pcs)
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Old 09-16-2018, 02:29 PM   #5
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I fought mine for a while, trying different methods but never found anything that I was pleased with. I run them with stock plastic caps and haven't looked back since.

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Old 09-16-2018, 02:30 PM   #6
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Default Re: Vaterra aluminum shock upper mount fix?

I know Natedog did put something together but got tired of searching through his thread with no luck. I may try those axial bushings. If itís too much of a piece together deal, Iím just putting the plastic caps on the aluminum shocks and sending it.

Thank you for the link!

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Old 09-16-2018, 02:52 PM   #7
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I use Gmade shocks anyway. I use the same bushings as Natedog. They need a washer each side as they are pretty soft. I dont know what the problem is with the Vaterra aluminum shocks seeing as I don't have any.
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Old 09-16-2018, 03:10 PM   #8
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Thatís what I used! Wish Vaterra included these or something similar.

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I use the same bushings as Natedog. They need a washer each side as they are pretty soft. I dont know what the problem is with the Vaterra aluminum shocks seeing as I don't have any.
Nailed it, thanks for link and all! I too use small flat washer, blue loctite and donít over tighten them and squeeze the rubber too much or youíll lose flex and bind the shocks travel.

Would be nice if the bushings were included, Iíve mentioned this to Vaterra, but more voices help, please email them if you agree.
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Old 09-16-2018, 03:20 PM   #9
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Yeah, the bushing definitely help. I have ordered some stuff from Junfac and noticed that Gmade make a 2 stage spring shock which seems to work in a similar way to the Trujillo mod. They should be here this week and will post about them.
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Old 09-16-2018, 03:45 PM   #10
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I have an old team Losi racing 22 2.0 buggy, they have a pivot ball for the buggies alloy shocks, has anyone tried them yet? Maybe they will fit?
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Old 09-16-2018, 03:54 PM   #11
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https://www.modelflight.com.au/tlr-u...hing-22-4.html
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Old 09-16-2018, 04:26 PM   #12
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M1tch, like to see and read about the Junfac shocks you ordered, sounds nice!

Yetistealth, those Losi bushings probably work, but od looks small, I was thinking JRX bushings.
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Old 09-16-2018, 04:38 PM   #13
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Natedog. Only 1 length I think (103mm) Gmade XD Dual Rate Diaphragm Shock 103mm (2) - JunFac

What's the diameter of the hole in the Vaterra shocks? Plenty of rod ends that might be able to be used. The old style alternative is some silicon nitro fuel tubing.
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Old 09-16-2018, 04:41 PM   #14
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I will measure the TLR balls OD and shock cap ID when I get home tonight.
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:30 PM   #15
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Natedog. Only 1 length I think (103mm) Gmade XD Dual Rate Diaphragm Shock 103mm (2) - JunFac

What's the diameter of the hole in the Vaterra shocks? Plenty of rod ends that might be able to be used. The old style alternative is some silicon nitro fuel tubing.
Nice looking shocks! ID of Vaterra top mount holes fits steel links balls, which I used for awhile but didnít like metal against my nice aluminum shocks and they allowed more shocks movement than I liked too. Therefore switched to the Axial silicon shock mounts bushings.
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Old 09-17-2018, 05:05 AM   #16
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Thanks Natedog. Going off topic here really with those shocks.

I used to race electric and nitro buggy and truggy. Sometimes a shock would lose a mount screw and all the other hardware. The silicon fuel tube was a bodge that lasted a long time.
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:44 AM   #17
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Thanks guy, Iím going to give those axial bushings a try. If I donít like the , plastic caps and stock pivot balls itíll be. Still blows my mind vaterra thought it was ok to sell something that is incomplete like that.

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