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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by IanC » Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:12 pm

greeny wrote:Leave all the weight on the car and no jack and take a look. Mine was brill on a jack but totally coil bound when on the ground.
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The suggested checks I did today were with the car on the ground, all seemed OK. I'll also look into the anti roll bar suggestion (thanks Philip) but while it might explain a front /rear 'imbalance' it wouldn't explain the 'car to car' difference. However I'll still look into it.

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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by Lukeyboy46 » Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:23 pm

Bring it over to Coningsby next week Ian and we can pop it up on the ramps and have a proper look :)


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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:12 pm

I think this is the picture Ian is referring to? (from this thread)

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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by IanC » Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:21 pm

Thanks Roger, that's the one all right!

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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by IanC » Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:22 pm

Lukeyboy46 wrote:Bring it over to Coningsby next week Ian and we can pop it up on the ramps and have a proper look :)
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Many thanks, I'll PM you

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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by IanC » Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:28 pm

Lukeyboy46 wrote:Bring it over to Coningsby next week Ian and we can pop it up on the ramps and have a proper look :)
Hi Luke,

Hope the NEC event went well!

Many thanks for your offer - I'll take you up on that since I'm scratching my head a bit on this one. Just give me a time and place and I'll be there.

I'll be driving a scimitar with only one seat in it - I'm in the process of fitting new carpets!

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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by greeny » Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:09 pm

Roger Pennington wrote:I think this is the picture Ian is referring to? (from this thread)

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Looking at that pic I would say that those springs are very near coil bound.


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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by IanC » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:42 pm

greeny wrote:
Roger Pennington wrote:I think this is the picture Ian is referring to? (from this thread)

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Looking at that pic I would say that those springs are very near coil bound.
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I've attached two photos taken just now from straight on, perhaps they give a clearer view. Those earlier ones are from underneath and may not give a 'true' idea. See what you think

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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by greeny » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:15 pm

They.look terrably close to me! Do the faces between the coils look like they have been hitting one and other?


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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by philhoward » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:18 pm

I'd say time for new springs at least.


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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by IanC » Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:43 am

greeny wrote:They.look terrably close to me! Do the faces between the coils look like they have been hitting one and other?
Hi,

No there doesn't seem to be any sign of the coils touching each other.
Just a thought , the ride height seems to be fine, a good hand's with between tyre and wheel arch on both sides. If the springs were on their way out, wouldn't the ride height be affected?
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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by scimjim » Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:04 am

The shockers look quite old but have poly bushes. The springs look like they will be coil bound at the slightest bump. A full hand width between tyre and arch sounds much too high.


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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by greeny » Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:56 am

Arch gap varies from car to car and also make of tyre so it's not much of a guide. But the springs and I would guess dampers are bin fodder I am afraid....

It may well be that the springs have been like that since they were fitted? Has the ride ever been OK in your ownership?


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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by IanC » Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:57 am

greeny wrote:Arch gap varies from car to car and also make of tyre so it's not much of a guide. But the springs and I would guess dampers are bin fodder I am afraid....

It may well be that the springs have been like that since they were fitted? Has the ride ever been OK in your ownership?
I've had it for a year, it's fine on smooth roads, not good when the going gets rough.

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Re: Shock absorbers

Post by IanC » Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:17 pm

Hi
Well I've tried undoing one roll bar bush, but no change, and I've had the car bounced on the front wing, and looking at the springs from underneath the coils seem fine. Next step, I'm going to try a set of S/H shockers c/w springs to see if it is shocks that's the problem, befroe I lash out on a set of adjustables. I've put an ad in the wanted section for a pair, I think Im right in saying the springs are different betweeb SE5 and SE6/8, but the shocks are the same (GAZ have the same code number for SE5A GTE and GTC front shocks).

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