Rear Shocks - What is everyone running?

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About 2 years ago I got my hands on a set of unused original rear shocks and put them straight on the car. Over the weekend one has started to leak quite a lot of fluid.

I don’t fancy my chances of finding one at a reasonable price so was thinking of either putting the Koni adjustables or the standard cup shocks on there.

I understand the cup ones are very close to the originals but how close are the Konis when dialled in?

On another note the shock that is leaking was unused but had probably been stored for quite a long time. It does make me wonder whether the front shocks we bought in the group buy will go the same way. Has anyone been running them?


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A dilemma we are all facing right now with a 16 year old car with an ever decreasing list of available new parts.
I have boxed up my original rear dampers, have a new old stock pair on the shelf( no idea if they will last 5 mins on the car).
The car is currently running a new set of cup dampers which are absolutely fine in conjunction with my recently rebuilt Sachs.
 
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I'm currently still running original Sachs on the rear of No. 407 which were sourced and fitted back in 2016 by previous owner Ant - @Frp422 , luckily they still seem to be in fine fettle.

I think if they were to be replaced I'd personally probably pop on the 182 Cup items as I believe they are very similar.

On another note regarding storing the front Sachs off the car, in one of my many recent fairly in depth conversations with BG Motorsport about the construction, inner workings, materials etc of the dampers I was strongly advised only to refurbish the dampers when they are due to be fitted straight onto the car and be in use. Apparently they don't necessarily keep well off the car, with seals in particular suffering in dry storage! I was quite surprised by this revelation but they had a number of experiences to back up this advice, worth taking on board I thought.
 

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Here is a picture of just one seal from a new Sachs damper.
If this is anything to go by I would be worried about the rest of them also if in storage.

I believe and I have heard that KY Jelly is a good thing, A lot of people have used it for window rubbers on older cars and frameless doors.

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