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Rebuilding shocks and CV joints.

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Several Thai friends have recommended that in the case of very old cheap, high mileage vehicles, that I have the shocks and CV joints "rebuilt", rather than installing new parts. Has anyone here tried this? I've been told it's much cheaper (for example ~700 baht to rebuild a front shock compared to 1,600 for new). 

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Shocks I would certainly consider, clean, new seals and oil, job done. I did motorcycle forks and shocks a lot in my (much) younger days. 

 

CV joints are more risky since they are metal to metal wear, replacing the balls/cage would certainly give a new lease of life but unlikely to be of "new" standard.

 

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Interesting read here for those who don't know :-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constant-velocity_joint

 

and a video:-

 

 

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You can't rebuild shocks on modernish day cars...

 

 

For the low cost quoted I would definitely buy new CV joints..

 

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Aftermarket CVs are relatively cheap. Not worth the bother of rebuilding on most cars.

Many dampers are gas-filled and should not be opened.

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Saw a program on tv about manufacturing modern shocks. After the last seal assembly was screwed on, a crimping tool deformed the area, so removal would be impossible.

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Of course all types of shocks and the way they fit will relate to their cost. My Vigo rear stock oil filled shocks were replaced with gas shocks, they looked exactly the same. Cost with fitting was 880 bht each, but it was an easy 10 minute job per side..

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Thanks for the comments guys. It's an early 90s Champ, dunno what that means about the shocks, but from the way it rides they must be original. I've no quote on new or rebuilt CV joints, only on shocks. 

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1 minute ago, ClareQuilty said:

Thanks for the comments guys. It's an early 90s Champ, dunno what that means about the shocks, but from the way it rides they must be original. I've no quote on new or rebuilt CV joints, only on shocks. 

Shock absorber's have a life span, they never stop working until the moment you park up..

I would guess most will be stuffed at 100kkm...

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