My issue with the ride be absolutely intolerable came to an end yeaterday!
A nice box arrived.
Inside it contained...
Very much like a magpie, i'm drawn to shiny things!
The box contained a nice pair of rear shockers, as i might of mentioned when i did the fronts, there are quite a few opinions on what shockers work..
Boge is OEM and Bilstein is the recommended!!
I like to go against the grain and use Terrafirma!
Look at these beauties!
Anyway removing the old ones was a pain in the ass..
In theory removing the shocks is an easy Job don't need to remove wheels or anything I'd wholeheartedly recommend soaking all threads in lubericunt..
Nut on the bottom seized on solid, however lubing them can make life easier..
The upper bolt can be accessed by a socket through the wheel arch, or a bent spanner!
In my case I used a socket with a few extensions!
Some twit layed the LPG pipes on the chassis rail and caused bolt access to be impeded a tad, thank you the last muppet to fit the LPG etc etc ☹️
The bolt came out easily enough
Removing the lower securing nut can be a pain, I used a pair of oil filter grips to stop it twisting, assuming you have a good grip, i could only twist enough to use one hand..
Thinking they'd have some pressure behind them, i braced and used 2 hands on the body to compress it, unfortunately they were both dead and they shocker shot up at a rate of knots and i bust a knuckle on the chassis!!!! fuck that 'urt etc etc
old one off, both were ruined i could compress them with 2 fingers!
Re-fitment is the reverse of the removal etc
When driving this thing around I noted the ride was horrible you felt every lump, even running over a pebble you felt through the entire car!!
Perfectly smooth roads felt like you were driving over a ploughed field
She's always felt like this and i thought it to be normal.
However Journalists used to say "rides like no other" erm "don't feel the bumps" etc etc I felt like they were spouting crap!!
But after taking her out today with the new shocks I couldn't believe the difference
The ride was incredibly soft and supple - originally it was very jarring!
It no longer bangs over bumps the ride is constant.
Taking it over a piece of road i knew to be smooth, it felt like i was floating on "air" he he he!
Across a terrible road it felt incredibly composed and you couldn't feel any of the potholes,