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Rebuilding
January 31, 2001
Some kit shocks come with the spring moulded in place. Not only is this hard to paint convincingly, but they don't look very realistic. You can easily rebuild the kit springs into ones that look more realistic.

  • First measure the 'spring' length in between the top and bottom of the shock.
  • Cut off the upper and lower ends of the shock.
  • Drill an appropriate sized hole in the shock ends to accept a length of music wire. Drill the holes at least 1mm deep. 1/16" or 5/64" are good sizes.
  • Cut the music wire to the length of the 'spring' plus 2 to 4mm.
  • Now you need a shock body. You can make this from brass or aluminium tubing that fits over the music wire. Cut the tubing to the required length.
  • To make a new spring, wrap 28gauge or heavier wire around a length of the shock body tubing. Making sure the spring spacing looks like the plastic one.
  • Paint all the pieces.
  • Assemble with CA glue.

Shock partsAs they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are the parts to the Honda Z50J-III Gorilla shocks before painting. The kit 'spring' is to the right of the assembled shock.

 

 

Painting
May 28, 2001
Some kits include metal springs for the shocks that need to be painted. To get a nice uniform coat of paint and the proper colour, the metal should be primed. Before priming, lightly sand the metal spring with 400 grit paper and then prime with White Primer or Flat White paint. This will give the gloss colour coat a textured surface to adhere to.

Handle the painted springs with care during assembly. The 'primer' and paint can chip fairly easily.

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