Commando rear shocks

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A firm on eBay.co.uk is selling 'Girling equivalent' rear shocks for approx. £50, plus postage. They claim that they are the same shocks that the shops sell for £70. Here's the link:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... TQ:GB:1123

They seem the correct length (12.9") and look the part, but has anyone tried them? Forum members' experience and advice would be appreciated.
 

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They *could* be "NJB" shocks?: http://www.njbshocks.co.uk/

If so, then from what I've heard elsewhere, they would be good value for the original price of £70, as a set of Hagons are about £100+ so for £50 that seems a bargain, IF they are NJBs?
 
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Thanks for that, L.A.B and Ron L. They don't have NJB labels (which of course doesn't mean they aren't) and they could be EMGOs. £50 is not much, so I think I will take the chance.
 
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If you use your Commando rather than polish it then spend the money & get yourself decent shocks, having finally got fed up with hagon's & un named cheapo's which need to be replaced regularly I've ordered 2 set's of IKON's (Koni's) for the 2 Interstates. I'll keep you guy's posted on the results. I've a set of old Koni dial a rides on my JPN & they are brilliant compared to the girling/ hagon/ unnamed shocks. 8)
 
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I'd be interested in the ikon as well. We should make some sort of list of shocks that fit the Commando. I have looked into Progressive Suspension rear shocks or even Works Performance but heard either don't fit worth a damn and are more trouble to fit than they are worth. So I was told anyway.

There is another higher end Brit made shock (British company anyway)but I can't recall the manufacturer. Maxton perhaps???
 
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I've always had (non Dial-a-ride) Konis on both my Commandos - Very pleased with them. I believe at the time that Koni said there were clearance problems with the Dial-a-rides on Commandos but I've seen them fitted as Gino says.

The more traditional type also have adjustable damping but you have to remove the springs and push the damper rod down before turning it to adjust. It's not therefore a roadside option. I have played around with the settings but always came back more or less to standard.

I've never got on with Hagons (which are supposed to be a copy of Gas Girlings) but the OE Oil-filled Girlings always felt more compliant to me anyway.
 
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79x100 said:
I've never got on with Hagons (which are supposed to be a copy of Gas Girlings) but the OE Oil-filled Girlings always felt more compliant to me anyway.

Koni would be nice if I could find a pair.

I did buy some Hagon's and have not fitted them yet and for the price they seem ok. I've gone pretty much all out on my MKIII and the only thing that seems sub par to me is the Hagon's but I'll make a final decision once I try them.

I was looking for something more exotic like Koni but also checked into Progressive and Works brand, which is where I came up with all the fitment problem stories about those two brands not really being a simple drop-in replacement.
 
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I don't think that there can be many NOS Konis for Commandos left but the Australian-built Ikons are Konis under licence.

Looking at their application lists, it seems they still don't recommend the 7610 for Commandos.

The Type 76 more or less like the centre image are what I have on mine.

http://www.ikonsuspension.com/content/p ... ocks.shtml
 
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I have Ikons on my 73 850. They work well. Be a bit nicer if they had adjustable rebound damping, but they don't. Ah well.
 
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Talking about Hagon's, I got a pair from Norvil and fitted them. Works OK and I have used them for a while.
Recently I was about to adjust them, I got the tool with them but looking at the shocks I don't see how you know how they are adjusted???
On my old (and totally worn out) Koni's there are "steps" so you will see how they are adjusted but for the Hagons?? Anyone that can explain?

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The easiest way is to click them all the way down (left to right as you look at them) to the soft position (they probably will be on soft if you've never adjusted them yet?)

Then just count the positions as you turn the cam adjuster (from right to left) as you look at it. The rings will need just under a quarter turn to move one position. There are only three positions, (same as the old Girlings) On medium setting, the edge of the fixed cam should just be visible below the adjuster ring, and on hard, it's about 10mm below the adjuster.
 
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I expect delivery of these 'Girling equivalent' shocks next week and I shall report back to the Forum on how they work.
 
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Gino,

Where and how much?

Got them from SRM engineering in the UK but there is a US distributor , because I bought 2 sets I got a really good discount worked out at £244 a pait ( 2 1/2 times the cost of Girlings)
 
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Gino Rondelli said:
If you use your Commando rather than polish it then spend the money & get yourself decent shocks, having finally got fed up with hagon's & un named cheapo's which need to be replaced regularly I've ordered 2 set's of IKON's (Koni's) for the 2 Interstates. I'll keep you guy's posted on the results. I've a set of old Koni dial a rides on my JPN & they are brilliant compared to the girling/ hagon/ unnamed shocks. 8)

Are there issues with Hagons? I haven't gotten my Commando together yet but purchased a pair already (too late to return). I'd always heard good things about them.

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