Inverted Strut Type Shock Absorber explained
Top Mount Camber Adjustment:
Loosen the 4 allen key bolts on the sliding top mount to slide the top of the strut into its desired camber position, then re-tighten.
Because struts have to be very strong, we use this extra case to protect and reinforce the insert shaft which runs inside it. It contains red grease for lubrication that may need to be topped up every couple of years or so.
Bottom Mount & Locking Ring:
This is used to adjust the shock’s length and travel range. This is preset by MCA Suspension at a position that should suit most cars of the same model. If you wish to move this, please contact MCA Suspension first.
Springs come in various lengths and rates. These are marked on each spring in the form of 5 numbers. For example “18006” means 180mm long and 6kg/mm in spring rate.
Holds oil and gas. Inside there is a floating piston that separates the gas from the oil.
Depending on the model might be right at the top of the strut top peg or under the top spring seat. DO NOT tamper with the gassing system.
This is used to adjust the vehicles ride height. If you wish to change the ride height, do not worry if you have to pre-load the spring or have it sitting loose (untrapped) to achieve your desired ride height. This is perfectly fine. To adjust the spring seat, loosen the allen key and then twist the seat with the MCA C Spanner.
Shaft (Not Visible):
The shaft is attached to shims and a piston that moves up and down the oil inside the insert body. The bump stop is on the shaft.
This is where the damper adjuster is positioned. For more information see the damper adjuster info sheet.
These are used to adjust the vehicles ride height. If you wish to change the ride height, do not worry if you have to compress the spring or have it sitting loose (untapped) to achieve your desired ride height. This is perfectly fine.