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    I got 3 paddle shocks in a parts deal several years back. I don't know the brand name of any, but 2 are the same and the other 1 is different. Those 2 work like magic but the other is a terd. When traveling from odd lane to even it's fine but when traveling even lane to odd, it will bottom out on in imcoming ball and destroy a kicker wheel, regarless of any type of adjustment. The other 2 have ample travel in both directions and work great. Can you guys guess at which brand name/s the good 2 might be?

  • #2
    Re: spring paddle shocks

    i little better descrition might be more help. if the springs are on the outside, its vantages prototype. if the springs are in a big housing and have a black lock nut, its an AMF shock. If it has a silver lock nut its Vantages second version. even tho Vantages first version failed, they did get the ball rolling on this great idea


    • #3
      Re: spring paddle shocks

      Ok, they have a black case, internal springs, and the black ajustment nuts, so they sound like the AMF versions. Any other good ones on market, maybe Stahls, Zot, Murrey, or any other of the good names? I've read on here about these things breaking springs so I'm just looking for opinions, even though I haveint had it happen to me yet.


      • #4
        Re: spring paddle shocks

        I've been using the ones from Murrey for 5-6 yrs. Other than the 1 (out of 6) that likes to squeak I haven't had a problem with them. They worked perfectly, right out of the bag.

        The 1 that squeaks... I just give a shot of WD-40 into the body every 4-6 weeks.


        • #5
          Re: spring paddle shocks

          Make sure you take them apart and apply a small amount of grees to the shaft the inner wall of the tube, and the springs. In time, rust develops in the tube, and they will start to squeek. When you take them apart (after the rusting) you will have a large concentration of redish powder that I can only describe as rust, but I can find no way for moisture to have entered the tube. I foud this to happen to both AMF and Vantage, took about a year for it to occure, did on almost everyone I used, and It went away after greesing... (Granted, this was in Vermont where the humidity averages over 85% year round) I still do it is a precaution.


          • #6
            Re: spring paddle shocks

            We had a couple of those big black spring-driven paddle shocks with the adjuster nut on the back of them. We could never seem to get it adjusted low enough to keep the paddle from banging against the stops too hard, but high enough so it accurately drives the paddle.

            Not to mention that the ones we had didn't last long... the springs inside them cracked in half after a pretty short period of operation, like a few months.

            We went back to the old-style hydraulic shocks.
            <span style="font-style: italic">Educatio est omnium efficacissima forma rebellionis</span>


            • #7
              Re: spring paddle shocks

              for all those that dont like their mechanical rudder shocks, please send to me!!! thx [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif[/img]


              • #8
                Re: spring paddle shocks


                You live in Reno, Nevada now. 2 words for you;

                What's rust? [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/confused.gif[/img]


                • #9
                  Re: spring paddle shocks

                  For the squeaks....drill a small hole in the top for non detergent oil.

                  Position of the hole is 1 inch from where shaft protrudes from the lift side of the shock.



                  • #10
                    Re: spring paddle shocks

                    Originally posted by 82/70 king:
                    drill a small hole in the top for non detergent oil.JK
                    <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Good one! have to buy a small enough drill bit now


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