ServiceGram Vol. 1, No. 3
Installing Shock Stem Mounts
Correctly Securing Stem Mounting Cushions for the Shock Stem Mount
It is important to follow the proper installation procedures for each type of shock absorber stem mount. Over/under torquing the stem cushions can result in ride and durability complaints including:
- Stem failure
- Harsh ride
Follow the Correct Installation Procedure for the Type of Stem Mount
Each type of stem mount – shouldered stem and straight stem – has unique characteristics, construction and a specific installation procedure to follow for a successful shock installation.
Shouldered stems feature a solid stop that provides a precise amount of preload on the cushions.
Make sure the pilots on the cushions are facing the hole in the frame. Then, simply tighten the nut until the retainer bottoms out on the stem shoulder.
Non-shouldered stems are adjustable to accommodate varying frame thicknesses.
Begin with the vehicle on the ground and at normal ride height. Tighten the stem nut until the cushions expand almost to the outer edge of the retainers. Do not over-tighten.
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