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Post by binlicker » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:13 am

I've now at the stage of putting the front cross member back. I've looked at shock absorbers and the only ones I can see listed are Spaxs or similar at about £90 each. Do I really need adjustable gas filled shocks for a road car or is there an alterative? The ones on are just generic made in England still working and I would imagen original to the car so 30 years old. Thanks Steve

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Post by scimjim » Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:37 pm

the original ones are absolutely useless - but until you have fitted decent shocks you won't really realise. Try pushing and pulling the existing ones to see if there's any resistance.

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Post by Corky » Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:29 pm

You can buy them from direct from GAZ for about £60 per corner (fronts are cheaper as they don't have collets).

Try giving GW or QRG a call and ask them for a quote. If you're a Club member there's usually a discount to be had too.

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Post by AllingtonGT » Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:46 pm

Protech in Melksham will do a deal for club members too. Fronts are cheaper than rears with springs. I've just replaced all four on the Sabre and I'm really pleased with the results. The rear springs were measured at 200lbs and I've increased to 250lbs without affecting noise or harshness. As Jim suggests the difference quality shocks make to the feel when driving is enormous. I paid close to the mid point of the numbers indicated above and am happy to drive to Melksham should you need a representative to appear in person!


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Post by Mikelima48 » Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:21 pm

You won't appreciate how poor your 30 year old shock absorbers are until you replace them with somethin decent. I tried pushing and pulling the originals on my Sabre about 2 years ago and there was very little resistance. I replaced them with Spax adjustables all round and the difference is amazing. Just 2 clicks 'hard' from the standard setting gives a firm but comfortable and controlled ride. I only chose Spax because the supplier was able to get a discount and I'd had a good experience with them in the past.


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Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:46 pm

I'd agree with all the previous remarks, you're really wasting the potential of the car with the standard dampers. The standard ones are much too soft and wallowy for a sports car (especially when old and worn). I have Spax on the front of mine, purely because 15 years or so ago, when I changed them they seemed to be good value (they seem to have lasted well). Any of the makes mentioned so far should be good though. As a bonus, changing them must be one of the easiest jobs on the car too! :D


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Post by PeteMac » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:12 pm

I've an invoice from Graham Walkers from May this year - AVO front shocks at £65 each, plus delivery.

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Post by binlicker » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:44 am

Thanks for all the advice. I guess it's got to be some decent shocks as yet don't know which make. I did have Spax on the front of a Midget I did and yes you could tell the difference so I suppose that answers my own question. Thanks Steve

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