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Shock absorbers

Postby Giniw » Fri 26.10.2018, 22:43

Hi Everyone,
I will need to put new shock absorbers soon on my SE and as they are no longer available it obviously is a problem.
I know there are a few after market options but what worries me is that they are all of the tunable variety (if I am not wrong).
Although I like tinkering my car, on the other hand I do know it's a really tricky subject and I certainly don't want to spoil the car with a bad setting ... So I don't really know what to go for.
So, what should I order and how should I tune it and ... why?
Thanks in advance!
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Re: Shock absorbers

Postby Saltire » Sat 27.10.2018, 07:49

Hi Julien

There’s an excellent discussion on the topic here. in particular, take a look at pinky’s post (the last one), which summarises the options extremely well.

Personally, I’ve gone for Avos in my ongoing suspension rebuild, as they seemed to be a good compromise between cost and performance. I also like the idea that Avo will rebuild them if it proves necessary.

I’d be interested to know from those who have Avos on an Elan what settings they’ve chosen; I haven’t finally adjusted mine as I’m still awaiting a few bits from SJs. Like springs . . . And track rod ends . . . . :(
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Re: Shock absorbers

Postby Bern » Sat 27.10.2018, 08:38

I got the adjustable Pro Tech dampers from SJs, and I still haven't got them set right yet! Each one has 10 (maybe more) settings, and then you've got the relationship of front to rear.

I've had them for about a year, and still haven't got them right . Though partly that was due to the rest of the suspension, which has now been set up perfectly by South West Lotus which means I can now concentrate on just getting the dampers and tyre pressures correct!

I drive a variety of roads, I can set it up for smooth motorway, and then it's awful on the back roads here. Or set it up a bit softer and have it bouncing on the motorway. I wish I'd gone for "out of the box ready" dampers, at times I've been tempted to put the old ones back on.

And one of the Pro Techs started leaking after 8 months and had to be sent back, though to be fair they didn't take long to fix it!
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Re: Shock absorbers

Postby Giniw » Wed 21.11.2018, 22:37

Thanks! (sorry I have been a bit long to come back, as I haven't had much time to work on the car for a while — I guess I was keeping that for the long dark cold winter nights in the garage :cry: :lol: )

Jonathan, do you still have the original shock absorbers or have you already thrown them away? I could be interested to have one of each to open them.
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Re: Shock absorbers

Postby Saltire » Thu 22.11.2018, 08:20

Julien, I’ll need to check, but I don’t think I’ve thrown anything away yet. I have a Heap of old parts on the garage floor, some of which are perfectly serviceable - the car’s only done 65,000 miles after all. I should have 4 dampers, 4 springs, and 2 complete rear brake calipers, plus the old brake discs front and rear.

I had intended to offer it all on the Forum anyway! At the moment, I’m trying to run to earth a persistent - and very annoying - brake bleeding problem. They’ve now been done 4 times, including pressure bleeding and shock bleeding, and I still don’t have a good pedal. I’m going to put the old master cylinder back today, as I suspect that might be the problem. If you can hang on for a few days, I’ll sort out the Heap and confirm one way or the other!
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Re: Shock absorbers

Postby Saltire » Thu 22.11.2018, 08:20

:offtopic: a bit; sorry!
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Re: Shock absorbers

Postby Giniw » Tue 15.01.2019, 22:00

Jonathan, did you have a chance to check whether you still have your old shocks? I am going to remain busy with other things to address — cam belt, front lower link, ... — but if you still intend to let them go I would be interested to have at least one front and one rear to cut them open
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Re: Shock absorbers

Postby Saltire » Tue 15.01.2019, 23:01

Funnily enough I was looking today, and sorry, no, I don’t. I think they must have got mixed up with the pile of rusty bushes and so on in the back of the garage. Sorry :bonk:
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Re: Shock absorbers

Postby Giniw » Tue 15.01.2019, 23:31

Awwww OK, no problem, thanks anyway! ^^
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