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    Default Early 505 struts.

    So mums 1982 505 SRDT needs new front shockies. The drivers side one has leaked all its oil out and knocks like mad!

    So what I'm looking for is various sources for new inserts. Cheap is nice but don't mind paying more for something good.

    Said car does 160+kms a day, 6 days a week on gravel and winding tarmac roads, so Gabriels or similar really aren't much of an option.

    What can I get? Where from and how much?

    I've searched and found there's not much around for the earlier ones. I take it 504 and 604 inserts are the same?

    Thanks

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    I'm not sure if the diesel requires a heavier duty insert than a petrol car. The motor is certainly heavier and the front springs are heavier duty.
    What I do know is that I bought a set of LIP (brand) inserts from either Caravelle or EAI ( European Auto Imports) .....can't remember which.... and I opted for the non-gas ones. They were a good price, and also marginally cheaper than the gas ones. Apparently they are very similar in operation (ie soft) to what is in there originally. I had gas ones once before in a different car and they seemed quite a hard ride.
    LIP is a well-known brand with a good reputation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beano View Post
    I'm not sure if the diesel requires a heavier duty insert than a petrol car. The motor is certainly heavier and the front springs are heavier duty.
    What I do know is that I bought a set of LIP (brand) inserts from either Caravelle or EAI ( European Auto Imports) .....can't remember which.... and I opted for the non-gas ones. They were a good price, and also marginally cheaper than the gas ones. Apparently they are very similar in operation (ie soft) to what is in there originally. I had gas ones once before in a different car and they seemed quite a hard ride.
    LIP is a well-known brand with a good reputation.
    Wot he says! Try EAI
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    If I was driving 160km a day on gravel and winding dirt roads then I would fit a pair of Bilsteins, not the cheapest shock to buy( and a bit fiddly to fit ) but they are the best shock you can buy and they will outlast the car and save your life several times over during that time.
    If you do go to the time and trouble to fit Bilsteins you will never regrete it!
    You can use either Commodore , which are a little bit less travel ( droop ) then the 505 shocks or a BMW shock which is the same droop as origional 505.

    I have the part numbers somewhere if you need them, and can tell you how to fit them.
    Or I have a pair of S/H struts with Bilsteins already fitted.
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    Default 505 Strut inserts

    Beware the diesel struts have a larger diameter thread at the top than the petrol inserts. We replaced those on our 84 SRDT 2 years ago with the Lip brand and have no complaints so far. The struts will probably outlast the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally View Post
    a BMW shock which is the same droop as origional 505...I have the part numbers somewhere if you need them, and can tell you how to fit them...
    Andy, I am sure a lot of people will appreciate these part numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beano View Post
    I'm not sure if the diesel requires a heavier duty insert than a petrol car. The motor is certainly heavier and the front springs are heavier duty.
    What I do know is that I bought a set of LIP (brand) inserts from either Caravelle or EAI ( European Auto Imports) .....can't remember which.... and I opted for the non-gas ones. They were a good price, and also marginally cheaper than the gas ones. Apparently they are very similar in operation (ie soft) to what is in there originally. I had gas ones once before in a different car and they seemed quite a hard ride.
    LIP is a well-known brand with a good reputation.
    Recently inserted Lip Hydramax part number 129158 to my Kenyan 1996 504. My mechanics' also inserted similar struts to his 505 PETROL NOT DIESEL.
    Previously had Sachs STRUTS (Part number 200833) the 504 & they lasted 3years on our terrible Kenyan roads!

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