GBMUD Posted April 28, 2009 Share Posted April 28, 2009 I finally got around to changing the front springs and shocks today, weeks after I should have done. Not only were the original shocks a nightmare to remove - without the correct tools - but the springs I thought would work OK do not. All of this has only served to put me into a bad mood which has made the next problem seem all the more frustrating. I bought Boge shocks to replace the LR original ones - no lift or anything fancy, just the right price and quality. The trouble I am having is that I have no idea in what order to use the rubbers and washers supplied. The original shocks were fitted with things threaded onto the shock stud in the following order: Washer, rubber, washer, hole in the axle, washer, rubber, washer, nut. Simple, just as I would expect. The new Boge shocks come with the washers and rubbers in two little bags, two bags per shock, I assume one bag per shock end. This is what was in the bags: You will see that there are only 3 washers, all different. There is one thin one with a large hole in it and a flange sticking out. This is just big enough to go on first and fit poorly on the thickest part of the stud where is welds to the shock body. The old shock is shown below for reference as it is very similar to the new one. There are two thicker concave (or convex, depending how you look at them!) washers, one with a small hole to fit the threaded part of the stud and one with a larger hole to fit the smooth part. The two rubbers are apparently identical, note the flange ring on the rubbers, this seems a good size for the hole in the axle and each rubber will fit on the smooth part of the shock pin. Any washer between a rubber and the axle mount will foul the nuts/bolts holding the spring lower mounting plate onto the axle. Not fitting washers against the axle mounting seems to leave the shock loose once tightened up - i.e., fitting only 2 washers and 2 rubbers. The new rubbers/washers are larger in diameter than the original ones. Any ideas folks? It has me beat. At the moment all I can think is that I have been sold the wrong shocks. Ideas welcome. Thanks Chris Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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