Got a phone call this afternoon from the company that are refurbishing the Ohlins shocks I recently bought from Gunner Bill. Apparently the front ones are shagged and beyond economical repair
Before I go any further I will state that Gunner Bill is NOT to blame. He sold them to me in good faith.
One reason for the company not repairing them is that they are unable to locate replacement damping tubes for them. These are the chrome tubes that slide up and down into the main shock body. These have become corroded and cannot be repaired, but there are no new replacements anywhere in Europe.
Does any one know of where I can get a set from?
Please help, otherwise I'm stuck with a set of refurbished rears which I won't be able to put on the car.
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what about having some custom made from stainless? they are only simple rods with a thread at one end, and a few grooves the other (piston) end, im sure an engineering firm would do it if you could take just the rod as a template
Try doing a search for companys that do hard chrome plating. They can recondition them.
Stainless steel is too soft to work as a piston rod. They will wear quickly, and start to leak. and cause stiction.
what diameter are they and what length?
It depends on the wall thickness of the tube.
They may be able to grind them undersize and plate back to size.
The extra chrome would help with corrosion resistance too.
If they are really badly pitted they should be able to weld up the damage and grind and plate.
worst case they have to make new tubes and plate them.
Anything is possible, if its man made someone else can copy it, try these guys if u get stuck, they are a hyrdraulics company who specialise in enginearing they built me a set of hydraulic rams from scratch for my forklift as the bits could not be sourced anywhere else,
Getting them re-chromed is a very possible option, as there are lots of companies that do them for motorbikes, so they could probably do them for cars.
The other options are to contact Skyline breakers and see if they have any Ohlins off a damaged car, or getting some of the importers of jap cars and parts to source some from Japan.
It's not all doom and gloom, it'll just take a little longer for them to be fitted to the car.