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Front shock absorbers 6 years 3 months ago #22

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I know this subject has come up before, but no real conclusions seem to have been drawn, I am looking to replace the front shock absorbers MGC items have been suggested as an option.
I would appreciate some suggestions as the car has a heavy duty anti roll bar (Swaybar) and the standard shocks look as though they may struggle. Spax do a gas shock at £100 a corner has anyone had any experience?
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Front shock absorbers 6 years 3 months ago #29

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Hi Trevor,

As you know, I too have your heavy ARB fitted and I am still using the original type front shocks. Cornering is very stable and confidence inspiring even though, on a bumpy road, I get some front-end bounce. This is no doubt due to wear in the shocks, so I would be interested to hear what others are using too.

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Front shock absorbers 6 years 3 months ago #32

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Hello Andy , Trust you are both well, and survived the worst of the winter.

The front end bounce is evident on my car before I have even put it on the road, modern shocks seem to control rebound rather than compression, or so I was told by a guy at Spax, which is at odds to the original double acting hydraulic shocks. I am concerned that the original 55 year old shocks could be lacking some of their original performance ( I know the feeling) therefore I thought now is the time to sort out the problem.

The rear ones are readily available by Monroe, the fronts seem to be the problem.

Thanks for your input , I am pleased the ARB is doing its job, it certainly tightens up the front end a lot, the car corners pretty flat, instead of heeling over. A friend of mine has one fitted to a very non standard Wolseley 15/50 ( Ford Sierra Cosworth Twin Cam with turbo 5 speed box) absolutely transforms the handling.

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Trevor
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Front shock absorbers 6 years 3 months ago #39

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Both OK Trevor thanks. Still cold though!

Just came across this eBay ad by AVO for ZA/ZB adjustable front dampers.
The illustration is generic though.

tinyurl.com/auvm7sr

Has anyone used them?

Andy
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Front shock absorbers 6 years 3 months ago #40

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Gobby sold me a pair of Monroe shocks for the front of my car, Part no R-2559, listed as for a Fiat/ Seat but fitted very easily.
Have fitted Trevor's rollbar too but have not driven the car yet so can't report on how it drives.
These shocks are listed on www.monroeshop.co.uk for £39 each.
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Front shock absorbers 6 years 3 months ago #44

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Thanks Guys for your help, it gives me something to go for, your help is much appreciated, I will let you know how I get on
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Trevor
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