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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:10 pm 
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Looking for spax or gaz shocks, preferably height adjustable, also looking for window rubbers if anyone has good ones.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:52 pm 
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I have a pair of Spax rear coilovers available. Currently on eBay.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:36 pm 
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Just seen this now, how unlucky that they sold as I would of had them!, let me know if the deal falls through or if you sell another set anytime soon, anythings better than the £600 rimmers want for a set of Gaz shocks with springs!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:58 am 
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Just seen this now, how unlucky that they sold as I would of had them!, let me know if the deal falls through or if you sell another set anytime soon, anythings better than the £600 rimmers want for a set of Gaz shocks with springs!

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Looking for spax or gaz shocks, preferably height adjustable, also looking for window rubbers if anyone has good ones.

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Glynn
I would stop looking for spax BTW and find some decent shocks.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:05 pm 
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Looking for spax or gaz shocks, preferably height adjustable, also looking for window rubbers if anyone has good ones.

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Glynn
I would stop looking for spax BTW and find some decent shocks.

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What would you recommend? Gaz?


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Gaz or Avo when you need height adjustable. Spax is just a name but don't last that long.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:38 am 
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I've not had much luck with both Gaz and Avo's on my Dolly's - both leak and my Avo's destroyed their bushes multiple times, which is no great shakes but slightly annoying.
In fact Avo used poly for their bushes (they may have changed) and Poly is not good for damper bushes. Poly is a liquid in a solid state and although good for suspension bushes that have forces in more than two directions, damper bushes that only move up/down are much better with rubber.

That said, I've not used normal Spax for years on a Dolly as they were crap. I do think things have changed and I'm running TrakSpax on the SE6 which were made for the car (1UZFE engine, Jag MKII rear axle, Jag front suspension with Scim uprights and AP 4pot rear and Foseway 4 pot front brakes), these are rose jointed and a bit OTT for a road car. I purchased a set of normal Spax adjustables for my fathers SE4. These also knocked out the rear bottom bushes after just over a year. I contacted Spax who after I sent pictures of the worn bushes, re-engineered the lower bush and sent complete new units FOC.

The original and uprated Spax bushes are both rubber, but the new ones have larger inner and outer metal cages - there's more metal, less rubber. The Spax guys said they don't sell many SE4 dampers and were very pleased to get some feedback so they could fix the issue. They will probably sell a handfull as there's not many SE4's left.

All that said, the original Bilstein units on our Porsche corrode like something a 70's BL car would be proud of, the PSS10 kit is even worse, I don't know what's happened to Bilstein quality, but it's not what it used to be.

It's a shame Ohlin's were not as helpful as Spax otherwise I'd be running Ohlin's on the SE6. So for now, whenever I need dampers I'll be using Spax for one off's and Ohlins if it's in their catalog.

Gaz and Avo may well have improved and I might send the leaking sets I have back for a refurb and see how their service and quality compare to Spax.


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Some brilliant information there, thanks. As far as im aware theres only Spax, Avo and Gaz adjustable shocks for a Toledo/dolomite. Ive not really heard much on spax or avo but heard some good things about Gaz and they seem reasonably priced. I wonder if there would be more options if I got shock measurements and could find universal ones to that size?
My toledo is only a 1300 and not a track car so the shocks wont be under that much work, the car will only be for weekends and nice days also. Me and my father have restored the car over the past year and a half and its just been sprayed, it is my first classic so there has been alot of time spent on making sure everything is perfect. The only problem with the car is the suspension height, it was a little better looking with the dolomite sprint wheels but it could do with atleast a couple inch drop on the front, I know this could be achieved with lowering springs but the drivers side shock is already gone and it would be alot nicer to be able to adjust the height to be perfect aswell as keeping the ride good. I will be doing the rear shocks later this winter aswell but it sits about right now so im happy with that.

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You'll find dropping the front a couple of inches is too much.

I have a set of s/h lowering springs here in Stourbridge that were taken off for that very reason, if you want to try.


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You'll find dropping the front a couple of inches is too much.

I have a set of s/h lowering springs here in Stourbridge that were taken off for that very reason, if you want to try.
I dont know if its just my Toledo or if its common, but it is very high at the front, I measured that a couple inch drop would bring it to roughly standard doli sprint height, probably looking 3-3.5 inch height from the top of the tyre to arch.


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You'll find dropping the front a couple of inches is too much.

I have a set of s/h lowering springs here in Stourbridge that were taken off for that very reason, if you want to try.
I dont know if its just my Toledo or if its common, but it is very high at the front, I measured that a couple inch drop would bring it to roughly standard doli sprint height, probably looking 3-3.5 inch height from the top of the tyre to arch.
Have you had it jacked up and not rolled it since?


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I've chosen to fit standard springs but Gaz adjustable platform type so I can set the ride height without using shorter springs. My car previously had Spax adjustable seat type AND lowering springs, it was too low though to be fair I didn't realise the seat height was adjustable until I took the car apart. I suspect though that the adjusters would have been seized.

Everything will need to settle first before you decide what to do. I'd be interested to know what size tyres you have as the profile will of course make a difference to your measurement.

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The car has been on the jack, but I bounced each corner for a while before measuring, it was always like this, even when I first got it.


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i too used Gaz adjustable platform with original springs, gives you the ride height but with a comfy ride unlike lower, harder springs. As Alun says 2 inch is too low for normal use and 1 inch lower is a good compromise. Speed bumps are a pain to live with otherwise, and exhaust clearance on rear axle is also a pain if too low.(waits for Dan to say otherwise lol :mrgreen: )

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