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Which Shocks

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:16 am
by simon.holyfield
Chaps,

I need to buy a pair of shocks for the FH. What do you all recommend?

Re: Which Shocks

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:43 am
by Mick D
Hi

My priority would be to match the dimensions of the original Armstrong ones. Do you have yours? if not I can measure mine.

Regards Mick

Re: Which Shocks

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:00 am
by simon.holyfield
I've got mine thanks Mick, very rusty though they are.

Re: Which Shocks

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:56 am
by Mick D
simon.holyfield wrote:very rusty though they are


Shame Simes

Mine were pretty good:
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Powder coated the upper shrouds, replaced the lowers with stainless ones from Draganfly, polished the collets, sprayed the damper bodies, and re-assembled:
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(Looks a lot ncer without the greasy hand prints :oops: )

Regards Mick

Re: Which Shocks

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:44 am
by simon.holyfield
Maybe I will have another go at mine. I have the compressor, I have one of the top shrouds off - but for the life of me I cannot get the spring off. It appears to be rusted in.

Maybe, as I will replace the lower shroud, I will cut that off to get the spring out.

Were your dampers working OK?

Re: Which Shocks

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:02 am
by Mick D
Hi

I haven't ridden the bike yet but the dampers are certainly damping on the rebound and showed no signs of leakage so fingers crossed.

Not sure why your spring is stuck, mine are an easy fit over the body and into the lower slider - maybe check your spring diameter and gauge - I'm sure it will free up with liberal applications of penetrating fluid and elbow grease. I guess it's stuck to the damper body as otherwise the spring and lower shroud would lift off together - try holding the damper lower attachment in a vice and twisting the spring in the 'unwind' direction, (if you haven't already).

Regards Mick

Re: Which Shocks

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:55 pm
by robjameson
I have heard very good things about ikon shocks, however, I understand they are a bit pricey.

I think I’ll be putting hagons on the KH when I build it.

Re: Which Shocks

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:23 pm
by keith.mettam
My Armstrong units were completely worn out when I rebuilt my NH in 2009/10. I looked at refurbishment costs and then decided to replace them with 'Classic' type 3 Hagons and have been very happy with them. The Hagons are a much superior unit when compared to the Armstrongs. The Hagon upper shrouds were only 1mm less in diameter than my old Armstrong units and both upper and lower shrouds are stainless steel on the Hagons.
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Re: Which Shocks

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:41 pm
by simon.holyfield
Lovely bike Keith. Where did you buy them from?

I see you have the A10 front mudguard - I have one ready to go on. Must be stiffer than the Ariel one?

Re: Which Shocks

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:07 pm
by keith.mettam
I got my Hagon units from C wylde in Leeds. Not sure they do them anymore Simon as I cannot find them on their website. You can buy them direct from Hagon, not that cheap but well worth the money Simon.
http://www.hagon-shocks.co.uk/catalog/c ... x?TypeID=T
I bought the used metal front mudguard on ebay Simon. As far as I know the BSA A10 etc mudguards were shaped to fit between the forks. My one isn't so not BSA. Spot on fit for my Ariel. I have added the extra stays in front of the forks to stop vibration cracking the mudguard across it near the central bridge bracket. Of course the models with the fully valanced guards originally did not have these stays. Mine does for the reason stated !