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Hi guys, weather permitting I will be changing the rear shocks on the Lag I 2000W tomorrow, easy enough job but I have a quick question. Do new shocks still have to be 'primed' i.e. pumped up and down a few times before fitting or is this all old hat now days,
Regards Leroy
If I don't get any replies to this I'll have to send a PM to Laggy :d :d
 

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Hello Leroy.

I'm sure someone will be along to assist with your post shortly, In the meantime have you tried a search of the Forums.

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Rear shocks

The shocks will usually prime themselves after a few miles of running - but as a precaution I always give them a prime first just in case I get a bad one supplied. It's very easy to do - grip one end in a vice or something similar and work the shocker in and out over its full length - if it's OK you will feel it start to resist. Once fitted the shock absorber is very unlikely to ever be used over its full travel. Better still did you get any instructions with the new ones.:)
 

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Thanks for the replies guys, on my old Escort MK IV I had to prime the shocks before fitting as they were locked in the 'closed' position by spring clips, the one's for the Lag are supplied fully open so I thing I'll just give them a bit of a pump and then fit them, I'll post some pics as I go. The only insructions were for disposal as the oil now has to be drained out of old shocks before they are scrapped.
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How do it go Leroy?.

Is your car now riding smoother than ever......;)

I must admit,I have never heard of 'priming' shocks first,I was always taught that it was not a good idea to work the shock over its full distance......but then,I know nothing!:d

Why did you change the shocks?
 

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Hi Laggy, I had to postpone fitting them until Sunday as the daughter and son in law turned up and we went to the pub for lunch. There are two reasons I'm changing them over, the nearside one appears to have a slight leak and when the car's fully laden with luggage and passengers it seems lower than it should be at the rear end and also slightly squidgy, the suspension bushes appear to be in good condition so I'm assuming the old shocks have had their day,:)
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Tut tut.....in the pub at luchtime.....you wouldn't catch me doing that....I'm always too hungover from the night before.:d

A squidgy back end is indeed a problem.If only all squidgy backends could be sorted by changing the shocks.....;)

It is amazing the difference a new set of shocks makes.They deteriorate so slowly that you don't often notice that their getting worn,and I expect you'll be surprised about just how much better your car feels with them on.The Boge shocks are amongst the best,so you've bought some good ones.

Good luck,Leroy.:)
 

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Rear Shocks

HI Leroy - new shocks can make a tremendous difference to the road handling and comfort. The fact one was leaking is a sign of wear and tear - good to see your replacing both. Remember new shocks will not affect the height of the vehicle as this is determined by the quality and strength of the springs. When fitting the shocks have a close look at the springs to see if there are any are broken - they usually break a piece off at the bottom end (sometimes difficult to see). If there are no breaks maybe they've become tired through age, wear and tear, etc. Good luck and let's know how it goes.:)
 

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Laguna 1's don't have springs on the rear,they have got a torsion bar layout.;)

My brother in law has always complained that the rear of his Lag 1 ph 1 is too low,and I suspect that the torsion bars are getting weak....it'll be interesting to see what effect the shocks have on yours and if they make an improvement,I'll suggest he changes his.:)

Come on Leroy!.Get out there and get 'em fitted!.No skiving off to the pub,either....;):d
 

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Leroy,

Good luck with driving the bottom of the old shocks out of its mounting point. If it is anything like mine then it will have rusted itself in & made a permanent home there. Without a proper ramp I found them impossible to remove. Ending up having to take it to a garage - £35.

Much firmer ride now though & corners a lot more assuringly.
 
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