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Fred Labrosse <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 10:19:25 +0100
> Fred Labrosse <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > All,
> > I think my defender 110 needs new shocks (the wheels tend to bounce a
> > lot when I drive fast (!) on bumps created, e.g., by manhole covers,
> > or the like).
> > What do people recommend in terms of replacements. Should I go for
> > the original ones, or non LR ones? If the latter, which one, where
> > from?
> > Many thanks for any advise.
> I probably should have added that it's for a TD5.
> I'm very surprised to see that nobody has anything to say about such a
> topic though... ;-)
> Looking on the Web, I found loads of different makes from prices ranging
> from about £18 to £65. Some are gas, some are not (oil?) but I'm not
> sure what this means in terms of being efficient at what they are
> supposed to be doing.
> Again, any advise will be received very gratefully.
ok - here goes! Doubtless this will generate some replies.....
The "usual suspects" suppliers will most likely be selling Armstrong
or Whitehead shocks as "pattern" oil filled replacements.
Both are perfectly good, though they may not quite last as long as
the originals. You pays your money and makes your choice I suppose.
As for gas vs. oil - well, first off, it should be borne in mind
that, generally, people are fitting gas shocks to replace knackered
oil ones, an it's no surprise that they are "much better". Gas shocks
are fine as a replacement if that's what you want, but they are only
"necessary" if you are going off road, at speed, for extended periods,
i.e. in circumstances where it is possible that oil in standard shocks
may boil, or least get hot enough to seep past/blow the seals.
So, unless you are going to enter a Comp. Safari or live in the
Austrailian Outback or Sahara etc, I'd suggest that standard shocks are
fine for 99% of users, either replacement or Genuine by your choice.
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