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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 30-12-2016, 15:12 Thread Starter
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HI I live in SE London there are speed bumps every 100 yards.
Fitted spax shocks and springs with new bolts 18 months ago to my 03 TF. Reckon I still need to soften up some more.
Have just broken the bolt that secures the Shock to the upper suspension arm on the back driver side.
Heard it break on a hump and car sat down hard 200 meters from home.
Wheel off. Problem obvious.
I have remarkably managed to get the broken bolt out of the arm.
Ordered new bolts. Now I realise the spax shocks use a collar/washer/bush either side of the shock which sits into a recess in the arm.
One is lost. Does anybody have an idea of what I can use or does anybody have an old spax shock with the collars still in place lying about.
No car till sorted.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 30-12-2016, 17:00
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I think the collar/bush is part of the shocker lower mounting. I didn't think they came out separately as the lower bush is some kind of spherical bearing rather than a rubber bush and sleeve affair.
Probably need to contact Spax.

BTW make sure the new 'bush' is properly located in the upper suspension arm recess and the bolt properly torqued up so that you will hopefully avoid a re-occurrence!
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No there are separate collared bushes that are supplied with spax shocks. They fit the recess in the arm and sleeve the bolt either side. I remember they are cable tied in pairs onto the bottom end of the new shocker when they are first unpacked.
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Treat the root cause - move out of SE London!
On a more serious note, you may find that you can lodge a claim, or at least a complaint against Bromley council. For the want of a letter i'd try.

I know the parts you refer to - i'd guess they will be common to a lot of Spax dampers, so have a look on ebay, or phone Spax.
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No there are separate collared bushes that are supplied with spax shocks. They fit the recess in the arm and sleeve the bolt either side. I remember they are cable tied in pairs onto the bottom end of the new shocker when they are first unpacked.
Interesting.
On the original damper design (and on the Bilstein replacement dampers) the bush takes the suspension load by being recessed into the arm and the bolt provides a clamping load to keep it there.
On your Spax arrangement it sounds like the bush is just a spacer and the bolt takes the suspension loads and not the bush. Is that what it looks like?
No wonder the bolt shears as they are in shear and not really designed to take that loading!
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If you fitted these without fitting the correct top hat washers/spacers, then you are going to shear the bolts.

Have a look in Mike Saturs website under the spaxs shockery section and you'll find em.
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If you fitted these without fitting the correct top hat washers/spacers, then you are going to shear the bolts.

Have a look in Mike Saturs website under the spaxs shockery section and you'll find em.
Nice one, got it, forgotten I had traded previously with Mike Satur helpful guy I am back in business:
Thankyou so much for responding
Shock Absorber Lower Centering Bushs Spax MGTF

These were correctly fitted with new bolts in August 2015 thats what's worrying me.
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Re Mike Satur has he changed location or Phone number?
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I see that you are sorted now but for information, when I needed the top hat spacers form my spax dampers I ordered them direct from spax.
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I see that you are sorted now but for information, when I needed the top hat spacers form my spax dampers I ordered them direct from spax.
You had better luck than me, I tried going through to spaxs and they made out that they knew nothing about these top hat washers and didnt supply them.
Bet they were a lot cheaper.
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All sorted
Mike Satur is the guy.
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Thats what you wont get from spaxs !

Mr satur is a very helpfull chap, and knows the true meaning of support.
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