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Fitting instructions


before fitting

Check :

  • The good condition of the front axle and the steering.
  • The good condition of the rubbers of the stabilizing rods.
  • That there is no play in the ball-joints and coupling rods.
  • The good condition of the shields, ball-bearings, bump stops and other associated suspension elements environing the shock absorber.
  • That the springs have not given in.
  • Tyre pressure and wheel balance.
  • That the selected shock absorber part numbers are the right ones.


The Record-France shock absorber works only with rod and dust-cover upwards.

An arrow points to the top.

Hold the shock absorber in its normal position and make the oil circulate to prime the damper.

Use appropriate tooling during the fitting of the shocks on the vehicle.


  • It is strictly forbidden to hold the piston rod with pliers or mole grips. Avoid any contact with tools (screwdrivers, spanners, hammers…). A dented rod puts the seals out of order, causes an oil leakage and therefore damage to the shock absorber.
  • Replace any top bearing kits in bad condition : a blocked bearing or a worn-out top plate set may lead to a snapping-off of the upper attachment.
  • Replace any worn-out protection kits : this will prevent the piston rod chrome from being corroded, and therefore the damper from leaking.
  • Do not lock the attachments fully while the wheels are hanging. The final locking must be carried out with the wheels on the ground, in the normal functioning position of the suspension.

Please install all the mounting components & parts in the correct order and in the correct position, and please observe that the torque settings for the fixing bolts and nuts are tightened in accordance to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications, to avoid any risks of knocking noise and any risks of breaking-off of the attachment(s).
The use of an air gun is not advisable.

After fitting

When front Mac-Pherson struts are replaced, wheel-camber angle and steering alignment should always be checked.
!! Not taking the above instructions into account may invalidate the warranty !!

NB : The worn shock absorbers which are removed contain oil and perhaps gas.

They must be disposed of, according to the procedures specified by the environment protection regulations.