Stock shock leak fix

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Stock shock leak fix

Post by suicidemachine1 » Sun Jun 04, 2006 4:00 pm

Well after some hard bashing the shock caps were leaking. Didn't have time or money for new shocks. So what to do? I took the teflon tape to seal couplers on my air compressor and gave the threads on the shocks a couple of wraps. Not a drop has escaped my fix.
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Post by SavageGoZoom » Sun Jun 04, 2006 4:27 pm

interesting... lets see how they hold up
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Post by Dhamal » Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:30 pm

Can I use this method... I opend up all my shocks and saw all the o-rings are strecthed or out of place.. I top of the shocks aging seal the cap and removed 3 minutes later the o-ring just stretchs.. can I use the teflon tape methid to stop the leak... my truck has not been statrted yet.. and now the shocks.. what's next.. please help... :cry:

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Post by savage-master » Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:16 am

That would be great if it worked. Very cheap fix. Let us know what happens.
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Post by Dhamal » Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:29 am

I'm thinking of going to a hardware store and get some rubber washers to put inside see how that turns out.

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Post by benzzyo5 » Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:42 am

i use that meathod, the teflon tape works very well. i suggested it to somone on here

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Post by Dhamal » Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:45 am

IS there a fix for the streched ornage o-ring? I've pressed it down so many time but still seems not being able to sit tight inside the shock cap.. any suggestions?

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Post by ImanX » Fri Aug 04, 2006 9:23 am

Dhamal wrote:IS there a fix for the streched ornage o-ring? I've pressed it down so many time but still seems not being able to sit tight inside the shock cap.. any suggestions?


Buy some new ones?

Seriously, I bought some replacements for a few bucks.

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Post by Dhamal » Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:20 am

I will buy new o-ring's.. pretty bad on HPI's part.. I've not even run the truck yet.. :roll:

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Post by ImanX » Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:49 am

Yeah, I think the stock shock caps are poorly designed. I bought an ss4.6 kit and didn't fill the shocks properly the first time (they weren't leaking, but clearly there was still air in them as they were sagging about 1/2 inch without the engine mounted). So I opened them up to add more fluid and of course, when I opened them I could see that some of the o-rings were stretched. I tried to re-seat them but they were all leaking after opening them up... Which I am sure is because the cap threads now had some shock oil in them and the air wasn't able to squeeze out - instead oil would push out.

When you open your plastic shock caps, you have to make sure that:

1. The o-ring isn't damaged. If it's stretched, replace it.
2. The cap threads are dry - no shock oil.
3. The shock body threads are dry - no shock oil.
4. Be very careful when putting the cap back on not to knock the 'dome' of oil so that oil spills...

If it spills, you may as well start over as the shock will leak.

The shock cap should have a very small screw hole at the top to allow the air that inevitably is between the shock cap and the 'dome' of oil to escape. Then the scew could be sealed with a small washer. Not to mention, you could ensure that the shock truly was full of oil by using a syringe to fill the shock and you wouldn't need to worry about the 'dome' of oil at all.

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Post by sicj » Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:54 am

don't even need to go through all that trouble. Just remove the stupid cap o-ring and crank down the cap. Never have had a problem in three years of running them like this.

The cap w/ o-ring deisgn wasn't thought out enough, the o-ring makes them leak, the complete opposite of what it should be doing.
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Post by ImanX » Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:56 am

No teflon tape? Just crank it down you say?

Sounds like a plan to me! I have a leaking shock right now, I think I'll try that....

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Post by Dhamal » Fri Aug 04, 2006 11:24 am

Let us know.. This is very frustrating... :?

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Post by SavageGoZoom » Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:44 pm

sicj wrote:don't even need to go through all that trouble. Just remove the stupid cap o-ring and crank down the cap. Never have had a problem in three years of running them like this.

The cap w/ o-ring deisgn wasn't thought out enough, the o-ring makes them leak, the complete opposite of what it should be doing.
Ya ive dont that method a few times as well... Works good IMO... im tired a the poorly thaught out stock shocks and waiting to get my hands on some lsts
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Post by kybert » Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:23 pm

I've also got leaking shocks. 3 of them, and they are brand new stockers .. very anoying.

So teflon tape: is that the stuff plumers use, like PTFE tape?

Also, is there another direct fit shock that can be used on the savage that can take the usual abuse?

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Post by SavageGoZoom » Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:31 pm

kybert wrote:I've also got leaking shocks. 3 of them, and they are brand new stockers .. very anoying.

So teflon tape: is that the stuff plumers use, like PTFE tape?

Also, is there another direct fit shock that can be used on the savage that can take the usual abuse?
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Post by ginge » Sun Aug 27, 2006 5:24 am

lst shock's are to stiff, and at 26.00 uk pound's each that's alot & you really need to modifie the pistons so they are a bit softer!i had the same problem with the standard shock's,after useing 16 o ring's and still they leaked, hpi alloy one's fitted end of leaky shock.allso 8 is far stronger than 4.just think you have converted you savage to use lst shock's your out bashing and get some big air upon landing your savage takes a tumble and one lst shocker's bites the dust end of bashing for you.but if you have the good old 8 shock's and one bite's the dust just keep bashing with the other 7 !!!!!!!!!! :wink: :wink:

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Post by Naossoan » Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:02 am

I have stock shocks and I don't think I've really had any problems...How would I know if they were leaking? Shock oil all over the place?

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Post by ginge » Sun Aug 27, 2006 5:37 pm

yes m8 all over :x :x :x

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Post by worstenemy453 » Mon Aug 28, 2006 11:42 pm

i have never had a problem with my stockers they are excellent
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