A bit of a shock…

StarCruiser Jul 2, 2016

  1. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    When disconnecting the shock absorbers to fit the new springs I found this on one of them. Bear in mind these are 22 years old this year and look pretty much perfect on the outside.

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    The thread is totally wasted away by rust within the rubber to probably 40-60% of its original diameter. :icon-eek::o
    New ones are on their way from Mr T.
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2016
  2. Beau

    Beau Well-Known Member I am in guyana

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    22 years on OEM shocks, I'm impressed, especially on the rear end. How much miles you got out of them?
     
  3. froggy Steve

    froggy Steve Well-Known Member Supporter I am in europe

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    22 years ! I'd want a refund from Toyota :)

    still, not bad really I suppose.....
     
  4. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    Ah, now I must confess I did need to change the rears a couple of years ago. They rusted so thin behind the protection plate that I poked a screwdriver through while trying to chip rust off. The truck is very low on miles for its age. It had 90,000 Km on it when I bought it and is reading somewhere around 166,000 miles now, so about 130-132,000 mostly on road miles.

    These shocks are the motor adjustable ones which I thought would be hideously expensive but are coming out at about £300 for the pair.
     
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  5. Pat

    Pat Well-Known Member I am in new_zealand

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    You are very good on preventative mtce.
     
  6. clivehorridge

    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Guru I am in romania

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    My mounting pins had rusted before I changed them, but not to that extent. I haven't checked the OME replacements since fitted 10 years ago, maybe it's time to pull them off and check.

    The replacements have done about 170k km.
     
  7. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    I totally expected them to break off when I tightened the bolt back on but they are still holding up well. I was thinking I ought to replace them anyway as after 22 years and 130,000 miles they are probably worn internally, though they do still have Spring pressure in them.
     
  8. frank rabbets

    frank rabbets Well-Known Member

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    Rubber and water again.

    My double skin rears rusted through and oil came out. I heated up my new ones and dropped them in waxoil. That went into the capillary gap and stayed there. Hopefully.
     
  9. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    I noticed mine were a different design on the rear IIRC.
     
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