Triumph Spitfire Rear Suspension Options

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Introduced at the London Motor Show in 1962, the Triumph Spitfire was a British two-seater sports car. There were eventually five models: the Mark 1, Mark 2, Mark 3, Mark IV and 1500. According to Triumph cars enthusiast Michael Cook, one of British Leyland's key aims in introducing the Spitfire was greater penetration of the U.S. market, and there are still many American Triumph enthusiasts.

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Non-adjustable Shock Absorber

Dayton company British Parts Northwest sells pairs of non-adjustable shock absorbers for the Triumph. Known as the Shock Absorber Gas Rear Spitfire GT6 (product number GDA4011HD), they are non-adjustable, meaning you are not able to vary the stiffness of your suspension to suit your taste. Consequently, they are comparatively inexpensive, at around £32 a pair as of March 2011. Each part weighs 1.25 Kilogram.

Adjustable Shock Absorber -- 28 Stage

The Spax KSX Rear Shock Absorbers are suitable for the Spitfire and other Triumphs. A pair is part GDA4011 SPAX. These are of the cylindrical, telescopic type pressurised with Krypton gas, with a yellow piston casing sitting within a black cylinder casing. You attach them with the chassis attachment and axle attachment eyes. As they have 28 stages of stiffness adjustment, you can choose your preferred stiffness setting. You can adjust the stiffness without having to dismantle the part, and the manufacturer claims that to make the shock absorbers last longer they can be fitted with new valves when needed.

Adjustable Shock Absorber -- 30 Point

Pandora company TS Imported Automotive sells the Spitfire Adjustable Front Shock Set by GAZ, suitable for a Spitfire or GT6. The units are zinc plated to protect them from road grime and salt spray. GAZ claims that each unit is individually tested at the factory with a dynamometer, a device for measuring force. The shock features a 30 -point rotary adjustment, so you can fine tune it without removing it from your vehicle.

Six-Leaf Spring Type

Rimmer Bros., of Lincoln, UK, sells a six-leaf spring type rear suspension system. The system's principal part is the rear leaf spring assembly complete with bushes (part number 305894) This consists of six layers of metal in a spring designed to absorb the energy of wheel impact with the road surface. You fix it in place with a top retaining plate with six-stud mounting. The original plate (part 128352) is unfortunately no longer available; however, a used part, number 128352U, will do the job. The appropriate bushes, studs, nuts, flat washers and pads are also available.

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