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    Eek Low N/S Rear End 'Shocker Deals Please'

    Hi Guys,

    Just after a little advice if possible please, I have just picked up a New ‘Old’ New to me 2006 Veccy Sri and looking at it from the back it seems to be lower on the near side than the O/S.

    I have put my hand across the tyre as a type of level and there is defiantly a difference between both sides. I am aware that the springs are prone to snapping on older none facelift but I thought that they would just knock & rattle when I hit a bump/pot hole etc.

    Do you think it could be my Shocker and how else would I test it to see if that’s the issue?

    Finally, anyone know where I can get a cheap set of quality rear shocks & springs if I do need them?

    I look forward to your response,

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    The bottom part of the spring can break off and fall out so you wont hear anything different.

    Jack it up and have a look.

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    Could be broken or it could be a seized shock.

    If it's been like that since you got it, then it may have had a standard spring fitted instead of an sri one at one point

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    Hummm!!!,

    Looks like i am going to have to roll in the snow under my motor to get a better picture of what’s going on. Anyone know where i can get a set of springs/shocks at a reasonable price?

    Its best to do them both, each side at the same time don’t you think?

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    It depends whether you want it lowered or standard.
    Any local parts shop like Euro Car Parts can supply new shocks and springs, but if you want quality then speak to Regal/Courtenay Sport i think are the boys in the know. These guys can supply lowering kits and uprated springs. Bit more expensive but worth it

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    If the car has a full VSH it might just be worth calling Vauxhall head office and complaining, I have had it on good authority they are looking with sympathy at these on a case by case basis up to ten years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireyfella View Post
    Hummm!!!,

    Looks like i am going to have to roll in the snow under my motor to get a better picture of what’s going on. Anyone know where i can get a set of springs/shocks at a reasonable price?

    Its best to do them both, each side at the same time don’t you think?
    LMF do Bilstein B4's and they are probably cheaper than most motor factors no name shocks. If you plan on keeping the car, a set of eibach springs may be best

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Mc View Post
    If the car has a full VSH it might just be worth calling Vauxhall head office and complaining, I have had it on good authority they are looking with sympathy at these on a case by case basis up to ten years old.

    I have most VSH except the last one, will that matter? have you any contact details as it may be worth a try first, Cheers

    Cheers Guys,

    I was just going to keep it as standard suspension wise and not do lowering as i prefer the look and ride quality. At some point when i can find a reasonable set at a reasonable price i will be fitting some 19" Snowies but i need to get this issue sorted first.

    I did see the B4s on LMF but were unsure if they would fit, is that correct then John, they will go on as a direct replacement for my 2006 1.8 VVTi Nav and which springs should I go for as I only want to replace the back set and keep it more or less as standard as possible?

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    I had a near side rear shock absorber fail
    Symptoms were knocking noises over bumps and at speed
    I had the car into VX three times, no fault found
    Eventually the failed shock absorber started leaking and the car was bouncing unevenly across the car

    Both were replaced, at £330

    Car was then hit by a LGV and the offside rear spring has snapped
    It had been reported previously that both rears were badly corroded and would need replacing shortly, but at the shock absorber replacement they were found to be acceptable and did not need replacing

    With a broken rear spring you don't typically notice anything, however again you will get uneven bouncing across the car, but it feels like it is coming from the front
    Both rear springs were replaced, at £280

    As with all suspension parts, always replace them in pairs; nearside and offside
    The springs also come in a kit of two for the rear

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireyfella View Post
    I have most VSH except the last one, will that matter? have you any contact details as it may be worth a try first, Cheers

    Cheers Guys,

    I was just going to keep it as standard suspension wise and not do lowering as i prefer the look and ride quality. At some point when i can find a reasonable set at a reasonable price i will be fitting some 19" Snowies but i need to get this issue sorted first.

    I did see the B4s on LMF but were unsure if they would fit, is that correct then John, they will go on as a direct replacement for my 2006 1.8 VVTi Nav and which springs should I go for as I only want to replace the back set and keep it more or less as standard as possible?
    Yep the B4s are an OE replacement and will fit fine mate.

    Maybe worth checking the bay for some springs although i'm sure LMF will do an OE replacment spring, worth giving them a call

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