I've just refitted the standard front springs back to my Sprint as the 1" lower ones made the front too crashy and the subframe hit the ground and found the adjustable Spax that a previous owner fitted about 8 years/6000 miles ago to be completely drained out of oil and the bottom polybush eyelet to have collapsed causing them to rattle.
I've just ordered a new pair of adjustable Gaz ones direct to replace them.
Judging by some of the reports coming in, I feared that Spax had gone the way of so many companies and it was just a brand on Chinese rubbish. However I just checked and they seem to still be British and made here.
I am wondering if some of these rubbish shocks could be Chinese knockoffs and not the real thing?
These were rubbish 25 years ago also... And we all know the best shocks are from The Netherlands. Koni, Intrax, Reiger etc.
No idea of the others from NL, but Koni are excellent. Streets ahead of Spax/Gaz/Avo. My experience of Gaz is underwhelming, helping on a friends Vitesse. Loads of adjustment clicks, but they are solid at 5 clicks, and had to be set to just teh 2nd click to get an acceptable ride
25 years ago spax where known to be poorly put together. Another friend had 2 (or was it 3) brand new ones that unscrewed themselves so the damping rod became disconnected from the innards. The supplier was adamant it was a fitting issue. But I reckon it was a batch. They swapped for Koni, very happy with that.
Not sure who makes quality shocks for the dolomites. Luckily, I have a set of proper old stock shocks on the car. May be Girling, but the brand eludes me at the moment.