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I am refurbishing most of the rear components after needing to change the subframe.

I have bought new KYB rear shocks to replace the old ones. However on removing the old ones which are original equipment the seemed to be in much better condition than everything else around them. What's the best way to test them now they are off the car? I have compressed them by pushing down on them and they return in a slow controlled manner back to the fully extended position so I'm thinking they might be usable.

If someone needs some and they are on a tight budget these could help them out for a small sum. But I wouldn't want to supply someone with worn items.

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How easily do they push down? Compared to your new ones? Thats the damping effect.
Mine I knew were at least 4 years old from previous owner receipts. They pushed down very easily with little resistance. The Konis I could hardly move without alot of sustained force
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How easily do they push down? Compared to your new ones? Thats the damping effect.
Mine I knew were at least 4 years old from previous owner receipts. They pushed down very easily with little resistance. The Konis I could hardly move without alot of sustained force
They are easier than the new ones but still a lot of resistance (leaning on them with full body weight). My bump stop cups are destroyed so I thought the shock absorbers were shot (this could have been the originals though), not so sure now. I don't like binning items that can be used, I'll be fitting the new ones anyway just thought they might be useful to someone if OK.

With them being Gas filled leaking fluid isn't going to be evident which makes it harder to verify.
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My old shocks were proper knackered (they were leaking) when I replaced them and I was able to compress them, with one end on the ground, with one hand. The new one was much harder work and almost required two hands to get it to compress.
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Gas filled still have fluid in....
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Gas filled still have fluid in....
I stand corrected. Please excuse the ignorance. I was under the impression that they weren't.
I think its probably best to bin them, thanks for the advice anyway.
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How easily do they push down? Compared to your new ones? Thats the damping effect.
Mine I knew were at least 4 years old from previous owner receipts. They pushed down very easily with little resistance. The Konis I could hardly move without alot of sustained force
+1 they should bloody hard to compress by hand and even harder to expand..
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+1 they should bloody hard to compress by hand and even harder to expand..
I'm guessing they are more worn than I initially thought, I will bin them.
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I'm guessing they are more worn than I initially thought, I will bin them.
I am changing the rear shocks and need to know to the right Torque setting for replacement can any one help ???
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se the thread "Front and rear suspension replacement....." I've put torque values in there.
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