Lotus Elan

Fitting new GAZ rear dampers (inserts)

PostPost by: vincereynard » Mon May 18, 2020 7:50 pm

My rear struts are probably unique / barking, dependant upon your POV.

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The damper itself is shorter than the original and I thought it might be a problem until I finally
realised what the fat washers were for.

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Having cleaned up the tube thread I filled with ATF and screwed in the inserts.
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Then the alloy threaded tube which comes flush with the steel one.
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Next problem was the alloy "bump" space could not be attached to the new hexagon damper retaining nut. I fixed it with epoxy resin to the alloy threaded tube + a couple of turns of duct tape. It will turn with the tube when adjusting and "should" be OK.

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With the tube adjusted virtually to the bottom the spring and top plate can be fitted without compressors.
Hopefully, as I've made up a hard wood block to hold the damper rod as full extension, it will be easy to fit the strut in place.
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