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How to check for a blown shock?

Old 19-Mar-2006, 07:24 PM
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How to check for a blown shock?

I am purchasing a set of shocks from a fellow TCC member and was wondering how it is possible to check for signs of wear, damage, and functionability of a shock. I am aware of most the symptoms while driving, but was wondering how I could visually/physically check them. I already know to check for leaks and bad seals.
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Old 19-Mar-2006, 07:52 PM
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i usually just push the rod of the shock in by hand and watch it come out. if they all come out at a steady rate they are good
if one doesnt come out or doesnt get pushed in, its bad

also look for signs of oil leaking from the shock
also check out the seller's feedback if they have feedback from previous deals
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Old 19-Mar-2006, 08:58 PM
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yeah, push them in and measure

1 finger its great, 2 fingers its good, 3 fingers don't tell your friends and 4 fingers you better get the hell out of there ("the shop of course")
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Old 19-Mar-2006, 10:11 PM
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I dont understand this 1 finger, 2, finger, 3 finger thing.
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Old 20-Mar-2006, 03:24 AM
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Originally posted by civic?eww?y?
I dont understand this 1 finger, 2, finger, 3 finger thing.
hahaha, one day you will understand..I hope.
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Old 20-Mar-2006, 01:06 PM
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just don't push the shock in all the way, stop with about 1.5-2" left as this is where the bump stop would not allow the shock to be pressed in further.

Some may come out faster, as long as all are pretty equal and they come back out all the way, your set
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