Shock Absorbers

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26 Aug 2018 10:08 #21 by Alister McBride
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Hi Holmz, i originally had single front shocks and thought it wise to go double fronts shocks (i already had dual rears), one reason i did this is that there is a common problem with single front top shock mounts breaking. Most people think more/bigger is better but i found it made the ride hard over corrugations (IMO) and will (once i have time) be removing the second shocks on the fronts. The one benefit to having done this is i beefed up the front top shock mounts which means the old common problem of that single mount breaking is removed. And yes, i think the monroes are good shocks and are cheap if you import them in bulk orders (say more than 4 or so).
Cheers, alister
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26 Aug 2018 11:45 #22 by Outback Jack
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When I spoke to the chap who did Hals conversion, Not Heath, but other fella.

He said that dual shocks on an OKA should have different damping rates. Made sense to me, but I am no expert.

Stating the way it was would just make it like putting a bigger shockie. The damping rate should be different to get the benifit of dual shocks.

Running dual shocks reduce frequent heat-induced shock fade However, this doesn’t mean that you just slap another set (or two) of shocks in addition to your existing ones. They should be lightly valved shock absorbers to replace the single shock, something I don't think OKA did.

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26 Aug 2018 11:51 #23 by Holmz
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And one probably want light compression damping for correlations, and heavier for working through washouts.
That is not easily done with a standard damper.

Hence I am scratching the chins...

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27 Aug 2018 17:38 #24 by DarrenWebster303
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My Koni 90 series are half valved for that reason.
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27 Aug 2018 18:47 #25 by Outback Jack
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Did you notice any difference? Do you have model number or valving details?

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28 Aug 2018 19:18 #26 by Holmz
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DarrenWebster303 wrote: My Koni 90 series are half valved for that reason.


So do they work the same as what a Monroe equiped vehicle with single dampers?
Just longer before fade?
Or do they work better somehow?
I.e. Are they softer or firmer in either compression or rebound?

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06 Sep 2018 10:12 #27 by DarrenWebster303
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Hi Holmz, they work considerably better I think. Lots more control of the vehicle, but still a better ride than the Monroes.
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06 Sep 2018 16:04 #28 by Holmz
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I recall a partial differential equations course in uni... and they had a lot of suspension and damper examples.
It is not surprising I cannot work it out with a pencil :sick:

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22 Sep 2018 10:03 #29 by Holmz
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DarrenWebster303 wrote: Hi Holmz, they work considerably better I think. Lots more control of the vehicle, but still a better ride than the Monroes.


Knowing the compression/rebound valving stack would be dandy... If one wanted to get to an identical ride, or as a starting place.

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05 Jul 2019 17:48 #30 by Holmz
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I am on a mission to sus out a decent damper/shock set up.

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