An experienced and informative response, good on ya' Sir. In the costly world of high-performance vehicles, be they 2, 3 or 4-wheelers, enormous attention is given to handling, and costly high-performance shocks are a marketing requirement. But for the other 95% of good value vehicles sold, shocks are a component that manufacturers' can shave cost on. All shocks are good enough, some are better than others.windmill wrote: ↑Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:57 pmI wouldn't dismiss them out of hand that quick. There was a noticeable difference when I upgraded my Patrol from the Russian shocks to the Sachs shocks, and that was just a small step up in quality, where as the 2WIN are a pretty big leap. Also, the folks here who tested the iKon shocks had nothing but positive things to say about them, and that included improved ride quality which anybody can appreciate.
If they were available for the M70, I would seriously consider it.
A shock absorber's function is pretty simple: convert mechanical energy (ultimately) into heat. If they fail (seal wear and ultimate failure being the most common problem) it's usually not a catastrophic event, the vehicle can limp home. And it's a "fair wear and tear" component, it is expected to wear out and be replaced over the usable life of the vehicle. Good enough is good enough.
The factory Sachs shocks are perfectly adequate as shock absorbers. Unless you exceed the maximum permissible weight of 1,325 pounds (total load max of about 595 pounds) they do their job. If anything, they fall on the side of "robust", but as a tunable suspension component, not so much. They do have a limited range of stepped preload adjustment, but that's it.
Whether as an upgrade or replacement, I believe after-market shocks offer real advantages. Of course the pocketbook pain with our URALs is - 5 shocks are required ;<( A constraint is, they're fairly short travel, and have to absorb a lot of energy. However, having the ability to seamlessly set preload, and adjust compression damping and rebounding damping to your most general use case, makes for a better experience overall, and should you wear them out, there's usually the option of refurbishment vs. new.