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Old 02-17-2008, 01:13 PM
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I am still pretty new to the sport, so I am in the process of learning alot. Everytime i hear something new I come on here to learn more about it, so these may sound like silly questions but please humor me.

What exactly are piggyback shocks?

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What affect does changing the spur gear (ie # of teeth) have on performance?
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Old 02-17-2008, 01:29 PM
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these are piggyback shocks...

http://rc4wdstore.com/product_info.p...roducts_id=541

the # of teeth on a spur affect performance like this...

more teeth=better acceleration
less teeth=more top speed


can someone double check that becasue it might be backwards but i think it's right
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ok maybe I should have been more specific...

What os the main performance difference between piggyback shocks and regular shocks
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there isn't really a difference. the piggyback shocks hold more oil and make it smoother. i dunno for sure. i tried some and didn't really see a performance increase
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Not sure what RC you have but I wil help the best I can. I have never used the piggyback shocks but there are allot of mixed opinions concerning the piggyback shocks. If you are looking for better shocks you may wanna look into the the shock upgrades that Traxxas has to offer.


The more teeth the spur gear has you will gain low end acceleration faster but will lose top end speed.

The less teeth the spur gear has you will lose low end acceleration but gain top end speed.

Check out this link has some really good info --> [link=http://www.traxxas.com/support/kb_search.php?action=artikel&cat=143&id=483&artlang=en][Pit Pass] Performance Set-Up Guide (Part 3 - Engine, Clutch & Drivetrain)[/link]
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In racing at the 1:1 scale, piggyback shocks are to add fluid to the dampning system. This helps with keeping the fluid from overheating and cavitating. I do not know how much this helps with our scale of trucks, but I think most RCers use them more for asthetics than their intended purpose!!!
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http://cgi.ebay.com/8Pcs-SHOCK-SUSPE...QQcmdZViewItem

I have these. Yah i bought them for mostly for the looks, but at least from a Stock T-Maxx shock the performance is 10 fold better. They are an off brand but i love them and haven;t had any problems. I would recommend them 2 anyone and would but them again.
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heres some pics of those shocks
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Silverj is absolutely correct in that piggy back shocks are to help keep the shock dampening fluid from overheating and thus thinning reducing dampening over the course of a race. Piggy back shocks are of no benefit to RC cars and trucks. RC shocks use silicon fluid wich will not thin out when heated.
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