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Evening all ,

i’m Just about to fit GB parabolic springs to a series 3 88” that i’m rebuilding , which are the best shocks to use ?

thanks 

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Not saying they are the best but paddock sell the Pro-comp shocks for parabolics which is what I will be fitting to my paras when its nearer to be back on the road :)

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6 hours ago, Cornish Rattler said:

Not saying they are the best but paddock sell the Pro-comp shocks

I can confirm they are not the best. Mine were OK but switching to the Bilsteins was night and day, and the ones on our chase SJ410 kept overheating after a mile or two on rough tracks.

They're not bad for the money though.

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Thanks , I was wondering about the pro comps , after doing a google search there doesn’t appear to be much choice 

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There's plenty of "universal" eye-to-eye type shocks out there in a variety of lengths, it's just knowing which rates you might want.

BTW my ProComps were ES9000's, no idea what the SJ had but I suspect the cheaper 3000's.

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Yeah thinking about it mine i had on my last 2a was ES9000's not sure what the difference is between the 3000's and 9000's so mite look at something else instead.

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ES9000's are gas, 3000's are oil I believe. Or at least that's the claim.

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When I bought my TIC (aka Heystee) parabolics from Chris Perfect, they came with Pro-Comp ES3000s.  They were too soft for a regular vehicle, only useful for an offroading toy or maybe a vehicle that is kept empty.  If you carry any load, then 9000s are a better rate, but are slightly firm unless very heavy. 

However, Pro-Comp quality is poor.  Expect rapid rusting of the main body as the paint is cheap, and if you fit the rubber boots over the piston, expect piston rust within a couple of years that will erode the seals to cause leaks within a few years.  They are supposedly guaranteed for the lifetime of the vehicle, and Perfect did replace those that failed, but he later retired and the subsequent failure had to be paid for - just try getting another trader to honour the warranty of a product sold through another party!  I'll never fit Pro-Comps again.

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Ok thanks for the replies , there really isn’t much choice , will do a bit more searching 

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I fitted Monroe gas shocks. Seem okay, though I don't think I'd be able to tell the difference.

It does lean in corners when I'm pushing it. But they appear to work.

LWB, pick up, heavy roof rack support, 3 leaf paras, mystery brand from Paddocks. 

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Posted (edited)

My procomps didn’t last six months before rusting and seals failed. Craddocks wanted nothing to do with them.

I replaced them with £15 each 109” one ton front dampers and 88” HD rears and have been fine for years.

 

 

Edited by oneandtwo

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