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 Post subject: Shocks and springs
PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:19 pm 
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Location: Nowra NSW
I fitted new register shocks to my TR3A last sept prior to the Albury trip. These have now failed after only 4000 miles.
Luckily I had recently purchased a set of original second hand shocks from another member these are now fitted and working well.
I also found out that the springs fitted to the car after the rebuild in 2009 had been reset original springs. Some how non genuine front bushes had been fitted which were too big on the shaft allowing for and aft movement and also allowed the spring to move sideways on the bush due to poor fitting in the springs eye.
After cutting out a section of the underbody on each side just behind the body mounting bracket, to remove the springs due to stuck fast eye pins .
I have now been able to fit new register springs with an extra 5th leaf from the old springs. Plus a 5mm axle lifting block or body lowering block this has given a reasonable body height and extra load carrying capabilities super pro rear bushes are also fitted. I now have 5.5" 72 spoke wires fitted with 205/65R15 dunlop sport tyres.
Cutting out the section proved a lot easier than hours trying to remove the rusted in pins which were new in 2008. Or lifting the body up off the chassis to allow the springs to be dlid off the pins. I can now change the springs any time I wish with the minimum of fuss. I painted the inside of the channel where I could reach and taped up the section I had removed to stop water entering the channels. The bit removed would not cause any issues as it is behind the body mount bracket. So a good fix in my opinion.
Over all the car looks better and now handles like it should.


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 Post subject: Re: Shocks and springs
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:22 pm 
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Update
The second hand shock on the left started leaking so not a good result really. I have now ordered from NOSIMPORTS in the US a set of adjustable rebuilt lever arms. I'll report how they go with costings etc once they arrive in a few weeks or so


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 Post subject: Re: Shocks and springs
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:07 am 
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The new shocks are on the way from NOS Imports. Looking forward to fitting and trying them in a week or so.


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 Post subject: Re: Shocks and springs
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:07 am 
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The reconditioned with new s/s internals rear adjustable competition shocks arrived from NOS
I was a little dissapointed as one was very hard to move. After emails to NOS and a lot of priming in the vice by moving the arm up and down to its limits. I managed to get all the air out of the system. NOS advised the air bubbles in the oil wont allow the internal valve to work so it locks up. The air in the oil was a result of the transportation. Now they are a lot better. There is a difference in the feel of the shocks which I suspect may be due to the remote adjustable valve used. Left shock on one turn open whilst the right shock half a turn open to get the same feel in the arm. NOS advised the shocks can only be really tested at 90 cycles per minute of the arm. Which I don't have the facilities to achieve. As I said a bit dissapointed they dont feel the same for the same valve turn opening. But after leaving them over night upright in the vice, they now have the same feel. So hope to fit them today or tomorrow


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 Post subject: Re: Shocks and springs
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:24 am 
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Good. Pleased that it worked out OK. I look forward to the progress report.


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 Post subject: Re: Shocks and springs
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:24 pm 
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Fitted the new competition shocks . I set the valves to 1.5 turns open as an initial test setting. Took the TR out for a drive this afternoon. Only a short trip to town and back. The car handled well. On the rear it was a lot better ride than the old ones. I hope to try it on some uneven road surfaces and corugations soon on a longer trip.


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 Post subject: Re: Shocks and springs
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:27 pm 
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How much did they cost landed here

Graham


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 Post subject: Re: Shocks and springs
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:35 pm 
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Hi Graham
They were A$650 landed here for the pair. Freight was a fair amount.
The breakdown was
Shocks US$163.90 each
Core cost US$30.00 each
Freight US$95.95 for the pair
Total US $483.75


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 Post subject: Re: Shocks and springs
PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:54 am 
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Update
After a week of general running around I can say the shocks are performing nicely. I haven't checked for leaks yet. But will advise when I have . Also went for a run to Sydney and back today via Kangaroo valley just a quick 5hr drive. Ha ha. Lots of back roads. The rear stayed glued to the road at all times so I'm very impressed. Have to look at upgrading the front shocks now the rears are so good. Nice to know there is more performance available if needed.


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 Post subject: Re: Shocks and springs
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:40 pm 
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After driving to the concours in Tassie the new shocks have performed really well. We have another 14 days of driving plus getting home. I will check the shocks for leaks when we get home. But so far I am very happy with them. I can also still adjust the performance up a lot yet.


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