June 20, 2012

Fixing the Subaru – rear suspension and shock absorber

Filed under: Cars — tattiehouse @ 08:45

So we’re “down south” just now doing a few bits and one of the must do jobs was fix the Subaru. Anyone following the blog will know the load when we came North must have been the straw that broke the camels back as ever since that load, the suspension on the back has been non-existent!

So, as my Dad is a mechanic by trade  (and also sorting the boat out), another vehicle of mine to look at was no problem….!

Ordered the suspension from the UK distribution company for http://www.pedders.com/ as these guys look like they do decent suspension and everything arrived the next day (Tuesday) with DPD (the DPD guy used to deliver to me when I worked at www.ttg-group.com so had a chat with him too) :)!

Like most jobs, you need the right tools to complete this one as the springs need to be compressed to remove them and add new ones. I went for new shocks and springs on the rear as the whole lot probably needed doing.

This is the back right with all the suspension removed (and the wheel gone). You need to plug the brake to stop fluid coming out too.

And this is what it looks like once the fancy new shocker and spring are in….

Spring and shocker for the rear right.

He loves working on cars really…..!

So, with that all done, the car should be pretty good at taking the extra heavy loads I put on it now. I also opted for the raised suspension so it’s a little more pumped up than normal.

I’ll leave you with the picture of the old shock absorbers, the one on the left is the rear right shock, it should be the same as the other shock in the picture (the better one didn’t give much resistance mind)……


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