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rear shock absorbers

Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 2:40 pm
by stu60
hi,
my covid driven tinkering has revealed a small leak in rear o/s armstrong lever shock absorber.

1. I assume they are standard MGB units?

2. I have seen refurbished units and "30% upgraded"; i assume the latter is not a good idea as the Hawk is a much lighter car?

3. I did see some in USA which had modified sealing & bearings which looks like a good idea. the puchase price is fine but the shipping is $2-300 and i guess import taxes on top. see this link http://www.nosimport.com/Lever-shocks-r ... ct_id=1286

Any recommendations or reputable suppliers greatly apprciated.

thanks Stuart

Re: rear shock absorbers

Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 3:16 pm
by simonjrwinter
I have 30% updated lever arm shocks on the back of my TR6. The difference is amazing, we’ll worth the upgrade.
Simon

Re: rear shock absorbers

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 2:00 pm
by stu60
Having done some research i am told Stevsons of Birmingham (see below) is good supplier in uk to use. has anyone used them? Only probem is they don't have any to exchange so i will have to strip them off car and wait a week or so for refurb. Probabable best to replace drop links at same time I presume they are standard MGB units which i can get from Rimmer Bros?
Thanks Stuart


Stevson Motors,
Unit 1, 2a Harrow Road,
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom.
B29 7DN

Tel +44 (0) 121 472 1702

Re: rear shock absorbers

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 6:02 pm
by simonjrwinter
That’s who I used 👍

Re: rear shock absorbers

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 7:09 pm
by stu60
thanks Simon

Re: rear shock absorbers

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 1:18 pm
by JakeAustin
Has anyone replaced the REAR lever arm shocks with any of the telescopic offerings for MGB's?

such as the spax kit? see link: https://www.moss-europe.co.uk/rear-tele ... -kits.html

And if so, is it a simple bolt on job or are chassis modifications required?

Thanks

Re: rear shock absorbers

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 6:05 pm
by StewbieC
The Hawk / Gaz dampers just bolt on as the chassis is bracketed for both options.

Re: rear shock absorbers

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 8:42 pm
by JakeAustin
Thanks Stu,

Have you had any experience with them?

Thanks

Re: rear shock absorbers

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 8:54 am
by StewbieC
Hi Jake,
Loads better than the lever arm dampers.
Hope all is well, might see you about soon if this Covid malarkey starts to bate.

Re: rear shock absorbers

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 1:40 pm
by stu60
Hi Stu
i was about to get my lever arms rebuilt as the consensus seems to be the Gaz (etc) struts are too firm and adversely affect handling BUT i think you disagree with this?

Do you have any pictures of your installation? the Gaz MGB conversion kits seem to replace lever strut with a new bracket with welded nut to attach the upper strut to; is this the same on the Hawk Chassis which seems to have the current lever arm attached with one nut and bolt and one bolt into a thread in the chassis.

i like the idea of struts as they are less prone to leaking but many of the MGB forums have people changing back from struts to Levers due to the ride/handling being too compromised by overly hard dampers. if they think this on the heavier MGB I was thinking it would be even worse on lighter Hawk? Also i assume the combination of levers and drop links provides a bit more lateral movement in whole set-up (is this a good or bad thing?)

What's the consensus vote from the engineers on the forum?

OPTION A - get the armstrong levers rebuilt, new drop links etc

OPTION B - replace levers and drop links with Gaz adjustable struts?

please don't suggest OPTION C (IRS)... i've spent enough this year!

thanks Stuart