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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Team Associated B44.3 Build – Shocks

Team Associated B44.3 Build – Shocks

The Build – Part 9
The Team Associated B44.3 comes with the super-plush V2 12mm Big Bore shocks. They’re easy to build and are top-notch at damping the buggy on just about any surface. One with the build.

Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 101
Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 101

Our first order of business is to separate the parts. The short shafts go to the short bodies (front), the long shafts to the long bodies (rear).

Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 102
Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 102

We alo need to sort out the pistons. Since the numbers are hard to see, I usually take a Sharpie and color over them for easy visuals.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 103

Time to assemble; snap an e-clip in the lower groove followed by the piston (1.5 in the front, 1.7 in the rear) and the second e-clip. Slide a .030 nylon washer onto the shaft as well (1 for each shock).

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 104

Slide a 12mm o-ring over the upper opening and a VCS3 o-ring over the lower opening.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 105

We’ll also insert the 12mm o-rings into the threaded collar. Do this now and get it out of the way while our hands are clean.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 106

Assemble the bottom cartridge area of the shock in this order – shock hat bushing, o-ring, shock spacer, o-ring, bottom shock hat bushing and then the bottom shock cap. Make sure both hat bushings are facing away from the o-rings.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 107

Put a small drop of oil on the threads of the shafts and slide them into the shock bodies. Make sure the short shafts go into the short bodies and the long shafts into the long bodies.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 108

Thread the eyelet onto the shocks, making sure the lengths of the shocks are equal (front are equal, rears are equal). Pop the blue FT pivot balls into the shock eyelets.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 109

Fill the shocks to the top with fluid. Slowly run the shafts up and down until all the air bubbles rise to the top. Set the shocks into a stand (like this Duratrax one) and let them sit for about 5-10 minutes. You just want all the air to escape before final assembly.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 110

Thread the 2-56 screws into the bleeder hole to tap; then remove. Screw the shock cap onto the shock and then slowly compress as shown. When you hit full compression, some oil might leak out the bleeder hole. Once compressed, screw the 2-56 screw back into place. Clean up any excess oil.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 111

The B44.3 comes with red front springs (3.90lb) and green rears (2.00lb).

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 112

The buggy also comes with 3 different offsets of lower spring retainers (from left to right – 9mm, 5mm, 0mm). We’ll be using the 5mm retainers on all 4 shocks.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 113

Thread the upper collar onto the shock followed by the spring and lower spring retainer.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 114

Assemble the upper shock mounts using the center hole.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 115

Attach the upper shock and use the plastic shock nut to secure.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 116

Attach the shock to the arm using the outside hole. Repeat on the other side.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 117

Like the front, attach the shock to the tower using the middle hole.

Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 118
Team Associated B44.3 Build Step 118

Again, ike the front, attach the shock to the arm using the inside hole. Repeat on the other side.

Part 10 – Installing the electronics.

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