My local mechanic says I am missing what he calls, a shock isolator, for my Hall Aldan shocks setup. Said it is a rubber piece that goes in between the spring, and the top hat of the shock itself. I bought these used, but the previous owner says he never had such a thing. I called Aldan, and they don't have it. Shop says Hall does, but wants $200. Any thoughts or experiences?
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I have Aldins on mine, I believe it is just a rubber stopper, no big issue.
I am getting mine rebuild as they have fallen apart.
I have been told they are very low quality.
Hall did not supply them with the Aldan shocks they sold as it was assumed you would remove the ones from your OEM shocks and mount them on the Aldans. If you still have your OEM shocks then you also have the isolators Wink

If not then someone that has a set of the non-adjustable Tecalmit (or whatever they are called) OEM shocks that are pretty much worthless. I'm sure some of the other vendors would have old shocks and hence rubber isolators lying around.
The isolators aren't sized shock specific? My old OEM's were trashed.
The Hall Aldan's have the same spring diameter as the OEM's and really the rubber isolators are only to help seat the spring to stop it rattling around.
I have the Aldans on my car. I love the way they look, but that's about as far as it goes. I have had alot of problems with them leaking. I've sent them all back twice so far and the third time they are leaking again. I guess I'm going to have to try a different brand.
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Originally posted by Rapid:
I have the Aldans on my car. I love the way they look, but that's about as far as it goes. I have had alot of problems with them leaking. I've sent them all back twice so far and the third time they are leaking again. I guess I'm going to have to try a different brand.

Sorry I had to laugh, mine when i got the car the tops unscrewed and all the oil leaked out.
So I know where you are coming from !
The local shock absorber rebuilder here , when he rebuilds them he pulls all the guts out and puts a quality car shock in there. it all looks the same but has no rate adjustment. He did say the Aldin ones were more ornamental, than a functionaing shocker !
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Originally posted by Rapid:
I have the Aldans on my car. I love the way they look, but that's about as far as it goes. I have had alot of problems with them leaking. I've sent them all back twice so far and the third time they are leaking again. I guess I'm going to have to try a different brand.


What other brand would you go with? Aldans shocks are not all that cheap! Well maybe cheaply made? Leaks two and three times, I'd move on also!
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Originally posted by Cyboman:
Most people remove the isolators to lower their Pantera a bit. Were you aware of this?


I did, but heard most people call them spacers, then now I hear the term isolator. I'm now realizing these are the same things. I'm thinking maybe just forgetting the whole thing.
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Originally posted by Cyboman:
Most people remove the isolators to lower their Pantera a bit. Were you aware of this?

I did, but heard most people call them spacers, then now I hear the term isolator. I'm now realizing these are the same things. I'm thinking maybe just forgetting the whole thing.


They are not really the same thing, yes the OEM shocks have an aluminum 'spacer' to increase ride height to meet DOT requirements. The isolator is the rubber boot part that the spring seats on to stop it rattling around, there is a ring for the bottom and a larger boot that covers the piston arm for the top.
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