[Spridgets] Lever Shock Fluid Recommendation
peter at nosimport.com
Wed Sep 17 08:04:07 MDT 2008
At 07:40 PM 9/16/2008, Miniac7 at aol.com wrote:
>So that means the nut (approx,13mm) that sits atop and on the side of the
>shock is the filler hole? If so, that's how I remember MGB shocks being
>The reason for my question is; I just watched an MG Midget shock absorber
>Tech Tip You Tube video off the ChicagoLand MG site. In that video, the guy
>doing the hydraulic fill said in order to fill the shock with fluid, it was
>first necessary to remove the top plate off the fluid chamber,
>which is held on
>by a series of screws. I wasn't planning to go thru all that, including
>replacement of the cover plate gasket, if I could merely unscrew
>the fill plug. I
>guess he was working with some other make or model shock, other than factory
>Someone please confirm all of the above for me.
>By the way, the shocks I pulled out from the Bugeye had LARGE amounts of
>free travel before any resistance was found. I have a spare set of
>shocks off a
>'73 Midget that I plan to use instead. They are firm throughout the entire
>length of arm travel, so I'm thinking they'll be a more suitable
>Virginia Beach, VA.
A few items.
First, the guy on the You Tube video says some correct
things, and some incorrect. (references to our rebuilding procedures
are a little incorrect and misleading.)
First, to merely add oil with the shock on the car, you
remove the 1/4" Whitworth filler plug that you've identified. (a
widened 13mm will work. a 9/16" is a little big, but if you are
careful will work) With a syringe, oil can, or the spout on the fork
oil container, add oil slowly into the hole. Be patient, there are 2
very small holes at the bottom of the turret that need time to empty
fully. Add more oil. It IS possible to overfill. Let the oil drain
into the shock completely. The shock does not need to be full. Given
time, the oil will displace any air. Working the arm will speed that
up. Working the arm vigorously will induce air bubbles, though. Go slowly.
To do this on the bench is COMPLETELY different, and takes
more space to describe. I should do this with photos. I think it
would help. I was hoping the LoTO video of my presentation would be
available. Someday I will do a You Tube,. Anyway, give me a call, and
I can walk you through it.
Regardless, IF your shock needs oil, it leaked. Period. I
doesn't need to.
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