[Saloon-lovers] S type front shock absorbers

Yesterday, I was going to fit the shock absorbers to the front of my 66 S
type. I read the manual an noticed that it made a big issue of making sure
that the distance piece was in position at the top of the shock absorber.

Since my car was in bits when I got it, I didn’t take a distance piece out,
so I assume it looks like a small ring, however, as far as I can tell, with
the two rubbers and four metal cups in position, (in particular, the two
shaped inner cups) there is no room for a distance piece. The two inner cups
seem to just about exactly fit the hole in the top of the sprint housing.
The distance pieces are definitely not there at the moment. Can anyone
advise as to what’s going on?

Ta–
Phil Driscoll
Dial Solutions
+44 (0)113 294 5112
http://www.dialsolutions.com
http://www.dtonline.org

Phil,

from memory, there is no distance piece, correct about the two rubber
mounts and 4 metal cups. I’ll check my manual. Shocks can go in at any
time on these cars anyway.

Regards, Alastair>Yesterday, I was going to fit the shock absorbers to the front of my 66 S

type. I read the manual an noticed that it made a big issue of making sure
that the distance piece was in position at the top of the shock absorber.

Since my car was in bits when I got it, I didn’t take a distance piece out,
so I assume it looks like a small ring, however, as far as I can tell, with
the two rubbers and four metal cups in position, (in particular, the two
shaped inner cups) there is no room for a distance piece. The two inner cups
seem to just about exactly fit the hole in the top of the sprint housing.
The distance pieces are definitely not there at the moment. Can anyone
advise as to what’s going on?

Ta

Phil Driscoll
Dial Solutions
+44 (0)113 294 5112
http://www.dialsolutions.com
http://www.dtonline.org

Phil,
Thinking about this, there is a speacer at the top of the springs on some
cars, used for adjusting ride height. Varied depending on LHD/RHD, engine
no etc, but was basicallyjust 1/4 inch shims. Would this be what you are
thinking?

Alastair

Yesterday, I was going to fit the shock absorbers to the front of my 66 S
type. I read the manual an noticed that it made a big issue of making sure
that the distance piece was in position at the top of the shock absorber.
SNIP>Phil Driscoll
Dial Solutions
+44 (0)113 294 5112
http://www.dialsolutions.com
http://www.dtonline.org

Thinking about this, there is a speacer at the top of the springs on some
cars, used for adjusting ride height. Varied depending on LHD/RHD, engine
no etc, but was basicallyjust 1/4 inch shims. Would this be what you are
thinking?

No, the bit I’m talking about is a small ring that sits in the small hole in
the top of the spring housing that the shock absorber shaft goes through.
The service manual certainly suggests that one should be there and flags
it’s fitment as IMPORTANT. However, I don’t have any, nor is there any room
for one as far as I;m concerned.

Cheers–
Phil Driscoll

Hi Phil,

I pondered the use of this very same spacer (called a spacing collar in the
parts manual) when re-building my S type front suspension also. It is a
small split ring that fits very tightly into the hole at the top of the
spring turret. After the years of dirt, grime and rust you could easily not
realise it is there as it tends to sieze into place.

I decided that whether you need it or not depends on the “brand” of shocks
you are using - or more particularly the shape of the washers that go
around the rubber buffers on the top of the shock. New shock absorbers come
with these rubber buffers and washers included. The small lip on the
original style washers fitted inside this collar whereas the lip on the new
washers effectively replaced the collar, hence it would be discarded. I
cannot understand why the collar fitment would be flagged as important
though.

Peter
64 3.8 S
67 420G

SNIP No, the bit I’m talking about is a small ring that sits in the small
hole in
the top of the spring housing that the shock absorber shaft goes through.
The service manual certainly suggests that one should be there and flags
it’s fitment as IMPORTANT. However, I don’t have any, nor is there any room
for one as far as I;m concerned.
SNIP

Thanks for the info Peter. I think that you have solved my problem - the
shape of my dished washers seems to be of the ‘new’ shape you describe.

Cheers–
Phil Driscoll
Dial Solutions
+44 (0)113 294 5112
http://www.dialsolutions.com
http://www.dtonline.org

I have a 67, 3.8 Stype. Need to replace the shocks. Can anyone indicate to me which are the correct replacements and maybe a link to online shops like ebay? Would really appreciate it. I am from South Africa and hopefully they are available off the shelve.
Thanks and Regards
Chris

Hi Chris

I always used John Gordon Jaguar Spares Specialists in the UK. Fast service,
and I can’t remember having problems getting hold of any parts I needed.

http://john-gordon.co.uk/

Cheers

Phil

Thanks so much Phil. Will request a quote from them.

Regards

Chris

Nice to hear from you after 13 years.