Team Associated has accustomed us to assemble the shocks for us. For the RC8.2 you’ll need to assemble the shocks yourself. Like with the previous kits, Team Associated has included a bottle of shocks fluid. This time, 30wt is the recommended weight. There are few new parts in this bag but they all make big difference. Among the new parts, there are new shock piston (5x 1.1mm + 5×1.2mm), new shock shafts, new springs and new boots. When building the shocks, make sure you install the piston tapered side down.
Even if the shocks are not assembled, they are easy to assemble. They don’t use a lot parts and all you need to assemble them is included in the kit. Team Associated has included two tools to facilitate shocks assembly.
The instructions manual is very clear about shock assembling and how to adjust rebound. Pay close attention to the shock boots, the longer ones are for the rear shocks. It is a good idea to separate all the parts before starting to assemble the shocks. The manual says to install the shock boot washer but they are not provided with the kit. From what Team Associated told me, they are no more required and the manual should not show them. I have adjusted my shocks to have no rebound. This is done during the bladder installation and this is very clearly explained in the manual.
Installing the front and rear shocks is a breeze. However, when I wanted to adjust the front droop to 106mm as specified in the manual, I’ve faced a little problem. I was not able to have more than 102mm of front droop. The droop stopper tabs on the chassis slightly touch the front a-arms. With a Dremel, I have removed about 1mm of material on the a-arms and now I can get full droop and adjust the droop to 106mm. I suspect the B-Plate to have had changed the suspension geometry. That’s uncommon for Team Associated to have that kind of issues with their kits. No issue with the rear suspension, I have adjusted the droop to 122mm.
Once the shocks are installed, inspect and move the suspension to make sure nothing is binding and all components move freely.