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Post by Stornoway Grey » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:14 pm

I have ordered new front shock absorbers from SPAX for my 1978 SE6a (standard suspension setup as far as I know).
SPAX say that "We supply our BB18 ½” bonded bushes with these shocks"
I'm afraid I don't really understand what this means - does anyone know if this will fit straight onto my car, or will I need to re-use the existing bushes?
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Post by philhoward » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:20 pm

I assume by 1/2" bushes, that means they have a 1/2" hole? Sounds about right - and if a bonded bush that suggests rubber which is probably a better bet for road use than Poly.


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Post by Stornoway Grey » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:06 am

Thanks Phil.



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Post by JoeySully » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:37 am

I believe the spax shocks were designed for the se5 and it is assumed they will fit the se6a but the top and bottom brackets are wider on se6 than se5.
I don't think the se5 has top hat washers. Because of these top hat washers the eyes of the support bracket are larger than the eye of the bushes on the shock.
I was advised to place the top hat washers on the outside but they are not as thick as the bracket so don't really do the job that they are supposed to do. The result is squashed bushes. leaving the washers on the inside would require bending the bodging the support brackets.

I will get some wider top had bushes made up at some stage so that they can sit on the outside but support the shock between the support brackets.

here are some picks of the setup on my se6a when i went to fit the spax and ended up with squashed bushes.
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Post by Diyhell » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:21 am

I had the same problem with Gaz shocks too.


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Post by gtcse8 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:32 am

I would ask what is the bush width before ordering, you may get away with putting the Top Hat washers on the inside, or some 1/2" washers to spread the load.
Reliant actually gave out a service bulletin in December 1976. number 1976/9.
It states that from Chassis number 6F46/18101385 the original shockers, part # R211852, has been superseded by a new damper unit, part # R212952, and because of the different bush lengths a new washer, part # R 213034, was needed and should be fitted either side of the damper.

It also states that from Chassis # 6G46/18501551 the bolt holes in the chassis were changed from 1/2" to 5/8" and a new top hat spacer washer, part # R213030, will be required if a new damper unit, part # R212952, is to be used the dealers should ensure the R213030 is fitted.


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