Toyota Minute Mod: Easy Bump Stop
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The idea behind this Minute Mod is not a new one, it is taken from some of the shocks
on the market right now. Some shock companies already
have bumpstops similar to the one you'll see here in place on their shocks. A rubber (or similar material) bushing on the rod
of the shock will keep the shock from bottoming out harshly when fully compressed.
|Place the bushing on the shock
Ideally you would want a bumpstop on the axle or frame to stop the movement of the
axle just before, or just as the shock reaches it's fully compressed length. We don't all drive ideally
setup vehicles, and some of us don't even have bump stops in place! After my axle swap I put one bumpstop
on my new front axle, but never got around to putting the other bumpstop in place. It is rare when I hit
a bump on the trail harsh enough to bottom out the shock so that I can feel it in the cab. Once in awhile
it happens though. Normally it's on a flat easy section of trail inbetween obstacles. I usually pick up too much
speed, hit a big bump in the trail and feel the shock bottom out.
|Secure it with a zip tie
I really should get under the truck and put another bumpstop in place, but I still
have not set aside time to do so. In the meantime I used a 30 second trick to make a bumpstop for myself.
I grabbed a rubber shock bushing that I had laying around, cut through it with my pocket knife, and placed
it on the chrome rod of the shock. As an extra measure to insure the bushing stays in place, I secured it
with a zip tie. The next time I'm hopping down the trail and fully compress the shock, the rubber will absorb
some of the impact so that the shock will not bottom out harshly.
If you tend to hit your bumpstops more often and harder than I do, you might want to
consider putting more conventional bumpstops on your truck. If you do not, make sure that your shock mounts
are strong enough to handle the added stress of being your bumpstop mounts as well.