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3 Speeder Front Shock Absorbers? #639453
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Hi - got a '33 super sports, been toying with the idea of fitting shock absorbers to the front suspension. Anyone else done this? Any kits out there, or suggestion for parts? I've heard lambretta dampers used, but I'm not sure how I'd mount them? Thanks

Re: 3 Speeder Front Shock Absorbers? [Re: Tim Reynolds] #639463
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I think Chocadoodledoo and Brilliant Green should be able to help with that info.

Re: 3 Speeder Front Shock Absorbers? [Re: Tim Reynolds] #639483
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Yes lambretta dampers are a good option, I hope to either refurb my existing dampers which have perished rubber seals or fit lambretta versions see video here




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Re: 3 Speeder Front Shock Absorbers? [Re: Tim Reynolds] #639544
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Hi Tim,
They fit in front of the bronze sliders usually utilizing home made brackets and the lower grease nipple hole.
In the past there have been detailed drawings in The Bulletin. I know of no one supplying any kits.
I see you are a member of MTWC, will see if I can find which Bulletin has the best details
. Personally I have never found it necessary to have the added complication ( for road use) and we have driven our 34 SuperSports all over Europe, fully laden, two up covering 56,000 + miles in the last few years.
Ian


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Re: 3 Speeder Front Shock Absorbers? [Re: Tim Reynolds] #639652
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Hi both, thanks for the ideas. I'm not certain I'm going to go down that road, driven it for 15 years without them without problems. March 2020 had a good article about the use of front shockers but no diagrams or details. Anything like that gladly accepted so I can at least figure out how much effort is required. Thanks again

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Originally Posted by Tim Reynolds
Hi - got a '33 super sports, been toying with the idea of fitting shock absorbers to the front suspension. Anyone else done this? Any kits out there, or suggestion for parts? I've heard lambretta dampers used, but I'm not sure how I'd mount them? Thanks


Here's a few shots of shocks on the older M3W's. It looks like there's a couple different types of shocks installed and maybe a couple different brackets etc.

Sorry for the poor picture quality, but I've duped these from the Internet over the past many years and some are quite poor when blown up as I snipped them for these pictures.

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Good luck!

Re: 3 Speeder Front Shock Absorbers? [Re: Tim Reynolds] #640126
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Hi Tim,
2013, April issue of The Bulletin has an excellent detailed report. Is it worth it ?
Ian
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Re: 3 Speeder Front Shock Absorbers? [Re: Tim Reynolds] #640240
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As soon as I saw the word 'lathe' my immediate reaction was no it's definitely not worth it!! I'll mull the idea over some more, maybe have a look. Thanks for digging out the article, and the photos too - very useful! Cheers

Re: 3 Speeder Front Shock Absorbers? [Re: Tim Reynolds] #640263
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Surely there are small dampers used on lightweight trailers or the like that would be suitable. There are also short street rod shocks available, as per the link below, but I imagine their damping action might be too stiff for a lightweight vintage 3w.

https://tinyurl.com/short-damper

or perhaps

https://wingsandwheels.com/shock-absorber.html

and bit off the wall...

https://tinyurl.com/tiny-damper


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Re: 3 Speeder Front Shock Absorbers? [Re: Tim Reynolds] #640557
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Hi Tim,
Similar to Chocadoodeldoo, I have a SS and have never found the need for shock absorbers and the added complications. As long as your springs are good and the suspension does not bottom out or bounce too much then its not a problem. Also driven over Europe etc, considered dampers but dismissed the idea.
Colin


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