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Damper top nuts

PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:47 pm

Amongst my suspension adventures, I'm installing new top-rubbers on the front dampers. The old rubbers were too perished to give a good indication, but am I correct to assume that the first nut doesn't need to be terribly tight, just enough to hold everything firmly in place without seriously deforming the rubbers? And will I need to check this again once the suspension is under load?
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:06 pm

I found that compression was determined by getting the lock nut on.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:45 am

I thought the compression of the rubbers was predetermined by the upper washer bottoming out on the shoulder of the mounting stud ? If you have the correct rubbers for the damper you are using I don't think you should need to be adjusting it - just tighten it down with the car sitting on the ground and lock it.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:35 pm

Thanks Roger, that sounds about right.
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