Rear Dampers

All the bits that soak up the bumps and point the car in the right direction.

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Postby Neilyman » 28 Oct 2005, 16:24

No worries Tim, typing in caps is the forums equivalent of shouting, I knew you`d left the caps lock on `cos the post started with a small letter!
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Postby CR500Dom » 28 Oct 2005, 20:53

Right, I went to the local scrappies today with the intention of getting some Nova Dampers. Not neccasarily to run, more to check fitment, length etc.

Well I got there just as they were closing and as I was passing one of the local motorfactors on the way home, not wanting to do the scrappy again Tomorrow, I called in to see what they had.

They had New KYB Nova oil dampers in stock @ £11 each or he had some GSI Gas ones that he wanted to get rid of so he did them for £16 each including VAT, result :D

Chevette/Kadett Gas KYBs were £29 each from the same place but not in stock :wink:

Went home and jacked it up 8)

Free length of the damper is about 1-1.5" shorter than Kadett, and the lower bush is a metalastic type with a sleeve... :( so they do not bolt straight on the rear.

Took a small drill and drilled out the rubber bush so I could use the Kadett lwr bushes.

Then it all fitted fine :D :D

I fitted the old front springs on the rear while I was there as they are stiffer, ended up about 2" higher.

Took them out again and cut 2.5 coils off :twisted: now its stiffer, damped and about 1.5" lower than standard 8)

That will do for now until I get the new springs.

I`ll give a driving update once I have done some miles but the initial rag round the block was much better :roll: :shock: :D

So to summarise:
Nova GSI rear Dampers will fit the rear of a Chevette/Kadett hatch, but you have to drill out the lower bush to use the standard ones :wink:

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Postby Shellysowner » 29 Oct 2005, 12:15

Presumably then they're ideal for cars that have been lowered 1 to 1 1/2 inches!
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Postby Neilyman » 29 Oct 2005, 12:20

I think you`ll find `normal` Novas, not SR, GTE, GSi, etc, have the same length shocks as a Chev, all the `sporty` Novas are lower to start with, so will have a shorter shock me thinks.
Did they change the bottom shock mount on later Novas?, The ones I have are just a ring at the bottom, no bush fitted, so I used the Chev ones.
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Postby CR500Dom » 29 Oct 2005, 14:48

Dont know which ones they were ?
Nova GSI rather than GTE so they may well be later ones.
They are on now though and it was easy enough to do
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Postby shuvit-tim » 30 Oct 2005, 20:17

Neilyman wrote:Did they change the bottom shock mount on later Novas?, .


nope, same right the way through their production
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