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Okay, I've been sitting here blankly staring at a picture of my XX because I'm bored out of my mind at work and I've noticed the rear shocks are on a much flatter angle than the front shocks.

So it got me to thinking why would they angle them so differently?

Does it help with stability or turning or what?

Hopefully someone on here understands suspension better than I do. (Don't know squat)
More wheel travel for the shock length like he said and less stress on the A-arm at the shock connection point. Leverage is moved out toward the tire. You end up with more force at the frame, but that is a much stronger connection transferring the force to 4 joints.
 

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But still, you'd have far less stress on the shock connection point of the a-arm if you had the shocks mounted vertically as far out as you could get them. But then you have to add mounting points to the frame to support that, and use much longer (but more lightly sprung) shocks.
Yes, I agree. The farther out you get on the arm and the more perpindicular the shock gets with the a-arm the force that the bottom shock mount sees would be less. You would need a really wide frame on the XX, and it would have to be pretty beefy on the top mounts.
 
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