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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-05-2015, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Shocks comparison - anyone used SPAX?

I'm looking to replace my 86 Spider, standard shocks, which have gone rather squishy on me, and after looking at the Koni, Billstein and other mass offerings, a friend told me to look into SPAX out of the UK. They're fully adjustable, gas and you don't have to dismantle them to adjust them. I was wondering if anyone has tried them. They're very expensive, so before investing, I guess I wanted to get some thoughts so I can weigh cost/benefit.

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I run Spax on my GTV6 and prefer them to Koni's and certainly Bilsteins. They are easily adjustable, so for track days you can stiffen them up, and then loosen them for the drive back. Overall, very high quality shocks.
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Check with bianchi1 also.

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I have Spax on the front of my Spider and on the rear of my GTV6. I would have them on the rear of the Spider if I could find them at a reasonable price. Needless to say I am a fan of Spax. I have stiffer than standard springs on both cars and the Spax handle them fine.

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Thanks for your responses. Don't know Bianchi1. Any of you happen to know which shock fits my Spider as it's not listed on their site and I don't want to go custom if I can save money on an existing part number that fits. I contacted SPAX but they are not so helpful. I'm not looking to track the car, only to replace the stock shocks with something more fun, stiff for winding roads.
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Yes. PM Bianchi1. He runs something that is adjustable. I've driven his car and it really holds the road well.

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Out of the box I like Spax best for fast road use, as compared to Koni (red & yellow) or Bilsteins. They give a smooth and well controlled ride, better than stock red Koni or stock Bilstein.

Revalved Bilsteins are another matter - I think they are superior to all others but they will raise the car in the springs which needs to be taken into account for set-up. Also they do load the pick-up points due to their hi-pressure construction. Spax are low-pressure gas.

Only downside on the Spax in my mind is the longevity and build quality are not quite up to the same level as Bilstein or Koni.

Also Spax are easily adjustable without taking the shock off ...
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I can't give you any first person experience with the new stuff but if I remember correctly non adjustable Spax were OEM on my Spider back in 1972. I replaced them with the same in the mid 90's and they've always been good to me but I am about due now for new shocks so I'll probably take a look at them.

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A couple of places in England have them listed for 90 pounds each. Google is your friend.

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SPAX

Thanks for the responses guys! I don't know the part number for the SPAX shocks that would fit my 86 and they're not listed on their site. I've contacted SPAX who say they're not made for my car, but have been told an existing adjustable shock is made.....the search continues....
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I have to correct my earlier post, the OEM shocks on the '72 were Sachs, not Spax so disregard whatever it is I said.

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I have to correct my earlier post, the OEM shocks on the '72 were Sachs, not Spax so disregard whatever it is I said.
My 79 Spider had Sachs shocks when I bought it in 99. They were light blue. The PO had installed several "performance" parts from Shankle and Sachs shocks are in the old Shankle catalog so I figured that mine were not original. They were stiffer than the stock SPICA shocks, the rear ones being much stiffer. My car rode better after I replaced the fronts with SPAX and the rears with Koni Reds.

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Memory ain't what it used to be Ed. I think my '72 had original Spica shocks and I put the Sachs on sometime in the 80's.

Yea, it's all coming back to me now

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Wasn't it Elvis who sang " I forgot to remember to forget"?

I just realized that SPICA Sachs SPAX could be a headline by a congressional reporter.

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Wasn't it Elvis who sang " I forgot to remember to forget"?...
This sums it up for me:


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