DAF T244 Shock Absorber - parts help please

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Re: DAF T244 Shock Absorber - parts help please

Postby Waddmiester » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:33 pm

Any joy Tom?

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Re: DAF T244 Shock Absorber - parts help please

Postby Tom_DAF » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:22 am

In short: Issue sorted, we found a part and made it fit.

I didn't manage to find an exact match in any of the catalogues out here that were also in stock. Short of shipping 20 year old replacements from the UK I had to find a local solution. The couriers won't even quote for parcels > 500mm.

The Front Shocks for an Isuzu FVZ 1400 will fit perfectly but Namibia had none and South Africa quoted £200 each!

I got in touch with someone on the facebook owners group, Nick, who had replaced his with Monroe shocks and kindly dug out the original drawings and the replacement parts numbers. Unfortunately I couldn't source these either, probably because they were intended for vans of which there aren't many here.

In the end, I fitted Gabriel Fleet-Ryder 76016 shocks which are the same type (Stud-top and 22mm Ferrule bottom). The bottom didn't have a steel sleeve, but no bother, and the shoulder almost clashed with the mount so I re-purposed the old top-washers, drilled them out to 22mm and used them as a spacer. They have a slightly shorter travel (min length is 373mm, should be 360mm) but nothing to be too concerned about.

So far 1000km of corrugated roads later and they are fine. Perhaps this post can help someone else later.

If anyone else as the same issue in another country/continent you need to find:
- a TRUCK shock absorber (not a car one)
- Stud top and eye/ferrule bottom (coded I/O usually in catalogues)
- Eye needs to be 22mm (or you need to drill it out to that)
- Min length 360mm, max 560mm from stud shoulder to centre of ferrule thereabouts
- Isuzu FVZ1400 and SPZ, SHZ, SPR, SHR front shocks can be compatible (check ferrule diameter)

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Re: DAF T244 Shock Absorber - parts help please

Postby Brian-reynolds » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:20 am

Good work Tom, glad you are back on the road and having fun!

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Re: DAF T244 Shock Absorber - parts help please

Postby Waddmiester » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:12 pm

Good work Tom.

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Re: DAF T244 Shock Absorber - parts help please

Postby Ivan C » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:40 am

Good result Tom.
As long as the shock isn't bottoming out before the bumpstop you should be fine,
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Re: DAF T244 Shock Absorber - parts help please

Postby crinklystarfish » Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:58 am

For 244s (but the logic holds for all vehicles) 14 inch tyres run at low pressure give both occupants and truck a much easier time on rough roads. The extra compliance offered by 14s - especially when aired down - is dramatic. The extra rolling diameter also allows them to roll over (rather than fall into) potholes and similar irregularities.

Of course, there are many out there who will claim 14 inch tyres on a T244 are both impossible to fit and utterly pointless; yet curiously hardly any have tried them and fewer still have done direct comparisons with the standard 12s.

Ho hum.

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Re: DAF T244 Shock Absorber - parts help please

Postby Tom_DAF » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:07 am

Yes, I'm certain 14 inch tyres would be better. After becoming stuck in the sand on some terrible roads in Chobe, Botswana I am convinced the footprint is too small even deflated down to 40psi. We are only 8 tonnes too. Having said that new tyres are expensive and a new set of tyres starts at £2.5k so they are not an option for us.

The new shocks seem to be coping just fine and have survived some very rough roads where my head has hit the cab ceiling so all in all, a reasonable fix for £130 for the pair. On to the next problem!

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Re: DAF T244 Shock Absorber - parts help please

Postby Brian-reynolds » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:36 am

I can also concur with Steve on the fitment of his tyres, they fitted perfectly and easily when we first fitted them, the only modifications we did was rotate the front brake air lines round a bit to make sure there was not going to be any contact with the new tyres, and Steve added a small cover/wheel arch over the rear tyres.

AND the look great!!!!!

Can't comment on the ride though...

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