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OME Shock absorbers failed - unscrewed themselves

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Hi

I realised over the weekend that the rear right shock absorber was broken (as I thought).

When testing by bouncing it was evident that the rear left wasn't doing any good either.

 

Upon closer inspection it showed that they both have unscrewed themselves. Apparently the rod has come unscrewed from the piston. On both!

These are fairly new OME 60039 dampers fitted to a Defender 130. They were fitted by the previous owner and I have no receipts so I guess a warranty claim is out of the question. It is a reputable brand and many swear by them. 

How could this have happened? Any possible mistakes when mounting? I can not imagine that, but it's better to ask...

Production miss? Did they forget the loc-tite at assembly?

 

Thanks

 

Tobias

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Might be worth a good will claim? Presumably that is a production date stamped into the body of the shock?

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I would drop them an email at the very least, they are, or certainly used to be one of the brands to look after their customers.

Bit weird though, as you say, perhaps a bad batch.

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That's a weird one...have t seen the cheapest of the cheap do that! I was looking at OME to replace my terrafirmas when they expire.

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Thanks for the comments

I have sent a message in through their web page. Couldn't attach any photos. Will post here if they reply.

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6 hours ago, honitonhobbit said:

Made in China now - at a price

Mine have made in Mexico clearly stamped on them..... i do t know if that's a good thing but I do hope that the change of factory doesn't mean a drop in quality. They are a good shock but are too expensive to just replace after the piston decides it wants a devorce. 

 

it might be worth an email to the uk distributor in hope they might lean on OME to get a better result

 

 

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So - if I've got it right - the top and bottom halves just unscrewed themselves as they were bouncing around? (Ok, you can take that in another way but it's a serious question.) 

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2 hours ago, Davo said:

So - if I've got it right - the top and bottom halves just unscrewed themselves as they were bouncing around? (Ok, you can take that in another way but it's a serious question.) 

Exactly!

More clearly, it seems the piston, which sits in the bottom part, unscrewed itself from the Piston rod, which is part of the top part.

In both rear shocks!

Within driving distance of 30-100km of each other!

 

Tobias

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Wow. Quality control reaches confusing new lows. I'm curious because I need new shocks and trying to work out what will actually last is like researching a thesis. 

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Bilsteins get many votes in the Audi world...

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54 minutes ago, Bowie69 said:

Bilsteins get many votes in the Audi world...

So does tailgating at 90 with your foglights on, but that doesn't make it right thefinger.gif

I'm very happy with the Bilsteins on the 109 though, made a world of difference over the ProComps.

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Shhh you, I have a classic Audi.... Tailgating is not a requirement of ownership once the car is more than 20yrs old.

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3 hours ago, Bowie69 said:

Bilsteins get many votes in the Audi world...

I have fitted Bilsteins (usually B8) to most of my faster cars throughout the years. Never had an issue.

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Bilsteins if you want a firm ride.  Konis if you want a comfortable ride.

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Checking out the Bilstien B6s on Paddocks and there seems to be a different spec for Pre and post TD5 model numbers. And a £10 price difference. Assuming fitment is identical (AFAIK), what changed in the damping characteristics between the 2 to justify 2 different models and such a price difference?

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Rear lower fitment certainly changed around Td5 time - later ones have a slightly longer pin and use two cone-shaped bushes that sit in captive cups on the axle with a pair of free washers to cap them. Earlier ones use the traditional 'doughnut' bush and two pairs of free washers.

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7 hours ago, Red90 said:

Bilsteins if you want a firm ride.  Konis if you want a comfortable ride.

I like the sudden outburst of advice! :) As above is what I've come across so far. Expensive way to test, though. 

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Made in Mexico....  How old id you say they were?

Argentina makes a lot of shocks - most are generic; so does Canada. But these are assembly lines. Bits are made in China, Taiwan, India, Australia etc...  Like the 'Merican made Warn Winch.

My 200Tdi runs Raw 4x4 Heavy Duty shocks. These were one of the best Australian shocks, then the factory in Argentina decided to swap the assembly works to Canada. So the disgruntled staff in Argentina starting sabotaging stuff... Shocks started failing when you lowered the vehicle off the jack. Suddenly the Raw 4x4 name was mud... My first set did just this - well two did; one front, one rear. Just dumped all the oil out of the seals in one big splurge. The imported honoured the sale and gave me a new set. That was three years ago. Brilliant shocks. Slightly hard, but I prefer that - don't like soft and squidgy

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Well I have just fitted some Bilstien B6s to the back of the 110. "Made in Germany" clearly stamped on them. Of the 2 TerraFirma sport dampers removed (4.5 years and approx 30K miles) one fully extended under its' own power. The other is still fully compressed and showing no sign of life!

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