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Shock refurb

Hi, does anyone know of any companies that can refurbish a shock absorber? Maybe a silly question as we tend to throw everything away these days but just thinking...
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Some dampers can be rebuilt, depends on what's wrong with them. I had a Bilstein front damper on my 156 leak it's oil out the top and it could have been rebuilt fairly cheaply if just the seals needed replacing. But it had done some miles and the shaft was worn too so that made it expensive. I got a new pair for the same price as the rebuilding the pair and fitted them.

The Bilstein agent here in NZ did the work.
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Bilstein refurb their dampers but from memory it doesn't work out to be particularly cost effective. I think at the time they wanted something like 80 + vat to service a B6 (extra if painting/powder coating was required).
I suspect most of the decent coilover manufacturers refurb as well although I don't know costs
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If its just a standard one, then cheaper to just replace them. Daft as it sounds, but they can just pump them out on a robotised production line for peanuts, stripping one down, cleaning it up, assessing it, replacing components and rebuilding would all need to be done by hand and that would make it more expensive than just getting a new one.
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If its just a standard one, then cheaper to just replace them. Daft as it sounds, but they can just pump them out on a robotised production line for peanuts, stripping one down, cleaning it up, assessing it, replacing components and rebuilding would all need to be done by hand and that would make it more expensive than just getting a new one.
B12 kit. Going on the 156, getting it ready for its big op!

Found bilstein Leicester do refurb and testing so if I like them will buy and send there.
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