How To Measure Tool Box Shocks? All You Need To Know!

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Emergency repairs on the road necessitate a toolbox that works fine along with your toolbox equipment. So, it is also important to make sure that your toolbox shocks are working properly at all times. 

Consequently, when we have to replace the shock, we have a tough time measuring the shocks and deciding which size is suitable.

This article will help move past the troubles and measure your tool box shock easily.

How To Measure Tool Box Shocks?

There are a few ways to measure tool box shocks, yet the most ideal one is to measure from eyelet to eyelet and then measure the stroke part separately. So, the process of measuring your tool box shocks doesn’t need to be complicated. 

How To Measure Tool Box Shocks? All You Need To Know!

Some people also measure the shocks using the mount-to-mount style.

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Measure your shocks:

As I have mentioned earlier, for the total length or height of the shock, we will measure from one eyelet to another eyelet. Then the measurement of the stroke will tell us how much the shock is supposed to be compressed.

1. Eyelet to eyelet measurement:

Here you can either use a rolling meter or anything else that will let you measure the shock length. Hold the roll in the center of one eyelet and drag the roll to the center of another eyelet. 

Read the meter and you have measured the overall length of the shock. Now, you have to measure the stroke, which is a bit complicated process.

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2. Measure the stroke of the shock:

You may need to follow different methods here based on the shocks you have. For instance, the coil shocks and air shocks call for different methods.

(i) Measure air shocks: Stroke measurements may indeed be obtained accurately by measuring from the wiper seal lip to the air shaft’s termination point. 

The eye-to-eye distance and stroke length are engraved on some Rockshox shocks. As a result, you may not always acquire an accurate reading if your shock has a travel reduction spacer (Remember, volume reduction spacer and travel reduction spacer are totally different things).

When you observe from the outside, most of the shocks appear to have a longer stroke than they usually have. But, for safety purposes, all the manufacturers now include some sort of travel reduction spacer in their products.

As a result, we get a smaller stroke than how (how long) it actually appears.

For instance, if the stroke seems to be 55 mm, there will be a travel reduction spacer of 2.5 mm. So, eventually, you will get a stroke of 52.5 mm.

(ii) Measure coil shocks: Unlike the air shocks, measuring the coil shocks is very effortless. At first, you have to withdraw the spring from the shock.

Then find out the point where the shaft enters the shock body. Hold your roll meter on that point and take a measurement to the point where the eye begins on the shaft.

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Get the accurate measurement of the shocks:

Now you know how to measure the eyelet distance and stroke length. But to get an accurate measurement, you can follow the steps below rather than measuring the length separately:

  • The most accurate way for measuring shock is as follows:
  • Note down the eyelet-to-eyelet measurement.
  • Carefully drain all of the air out of the shock by using any type of shock pump for shocks.
  • Thoroughly absorb the shock and measure the distance between both the eyes (eyelets) once more.
  • Calculate the useable stroke by subtracting this number from the original eye-to-eye length that you got at first.

For instance, suppose,

  • The Extended Length is: 187 
  • The Retracted Length: 134.5
  • So, the useable stroke is: 187 – 134.5 = 52.5

Precautions before buying shocks:

Remember, sometimes, the same eye-to-eye distance between two shocks might result in a stroke length that is different from the other. 

So, when upgrading, make sure that the eye-to-eye distance and stroke length are the same as those on your present shock to avoid any complications.

Moreover, in certain cases, you can extend the stroke slightly to get a little more travel, but we don’t advocate doing so without proper training and experience.

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FAQs About Measuring Tool Box Shocks

1. Is It Worth Buying A Tool Box Shocks?

Yes, tool box shocks totally account for your every penny. If you have a tool box, but no shocks, your toolbox package turns out to be a waste of money.
However, having the proper shock changes the scenario completely and aids your hassle-free journey every time.
In fact, there is no downside to having tool box shocks.

2. What Happens If Your Shocks Are Too Long?

If the suspension system installed on the car is excessively lengthy, the shock absorber may “bottom out” and cause the vehicle suspension to fail.
It means even if the shock is pushed down, the suspension will still have a certain amount of movement left in it.

3. Are Struts And Shocks The Same Thing?

These two components are unique and serve different purposes. Even though both items may improve the ride and handling of your car, they operate in quite different ways. 
The suspension system’s individual components are known as shocks, while the frame and suspension and chassis system’s structural parts are known as struts.

3. What Are Some Tips For Organizing My Toolbox?

Take a look at all of your tools as well as figure out their types, designs , and numbers. Then decide where to store them.
Then to have an organized tool box, simply place it all together in your tool box or backup container.

Final Thoughts

We all agree that every motorist should have a high-quality toolbox for their vehicle. In fact, there are times when having the correct equipment may make all the difference between needing a tow truck and being able to continue on your journey.

But, if you don’t have the right shock, having the tool box would mean nothing at all. So, if you have to replace the shock or you just want to change it, make sure you measure the shock rightly. 

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