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Merlin 1953 Rear Shocks

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Merlin 1953 Rear Shocks

Post  trickydicky on Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:53 pm

Hi, I am reassembling this bike after stripping down repainting etc. I had the rear shock lower cases rechromed and I am now reassembling. I took photos when dismantling so have fitted new fiber washers and the rubber rings at the bottom in the same order. However when I fit them back they seem very loose (up and down) in the frame (no engine fitted yet) and wanted to know whether this is correct or not or whether there is some way they have to be specially assembled first? Any picture, hints most welcome. Also how much oil will I put in them? Thank you. TD
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Post  piston 197 on Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:50 pm

Francis Barnetts instructions are a bit vague, but it says "A small quantity of SAE 30 ( no more than 1 fluid ounce) should be fed in through the filler plug . This will inevitably fin it's way to the bottom of the centre tube"
" There is no level indicator, an excess will leak between the plated and enamelled spring covers "

JH
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Merlin rear shocks

Post  MoscowFlyer on Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:54 am

Hi, not sure if this is the correct suspension unit, if it is, it states in the instruction manual, a half petrol filler cap measure of engine oil (SAE30). Looks like three fibre washers and one grummet. Mike

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Merlin Shocks

Post  trickydicky on Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:23 pm

Hi guys, that information is spot on. The diagram is exactly as per my shocks. Thanks very much. TD
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Post  keith livingstone on Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:54 pm

Hi Moscowflyer
Thanks for supplying the cross sectional drawing of the Merlin shocks. I have a model 58 originally fitted with shocks of this design which just fell apar. I know a little bit more about the basic design construction but your picture is most helpful

Best woshes
Keith
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Re: Merlin 1953 Rear Shocks

Post  trickydicky on Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:23 pm

Keith,

When you say "fell apart" is that by design or doers that imply that they are faulty? I could not see anyway they can be made to stay in one piece which does concern me.

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Post  MoscowFlyer on Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:17 pm

Here is the literature that goes with the diagram, this will make it as clear as mud. Mike

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