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Old 01-10-2014, 07:14 PM
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Ferris 3100Z shocks

The rubber grommets on my shocks are dry cracked and shot. The shocks are fine, just the rubber is faulty on the mounting ends. Ferris only sells replacement shocks for $120-$125 each, but not just the grommets. Has anyone came up with a replacement solution for the grommets without spending $125 for an entire shock when the rest of it is fine? Less than 800 hours on the machine.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:24 PM
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Something made of polyurethane would solve that problem. I bet a skateboard wheel on the lathe could be shaped into a bushing that would work. Maybe convert to a solid bushing? HD has drawers of them in the harware section.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:52 PM
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I would check with NAPA auto parts store to see if they had something that would work
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:09 AM
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Eh dont worry about it. Just run it. I have never done anything to any shocks on my ferris's. Ive put around 10,000 hours on multiple z's and it doesn't make a difference.
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:25 AM
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To the op,

Mine have steel bushings in them, is your's an older model?
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:28 AM
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There is getting to be quite a bit of slop on the front shock and I notice an occasional slap/bang when the bolt sleeves move before the shock. The shocks are set on the softest setting.
This is a 2011 IS3100Z with a 72" deck. I will try to get a pic posted later today.
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:20 PM
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Something made of polyurethane would solve that problem. I bet a skateboard wheel on the lathe could be shaped into a bushing that would work. Maybe convert to a solid bushing? HD has drawers of them in the harware section.
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I agree. Poly would be the way to go.

Lots of moving parts on Ferris means a bit more maintenance.

To the OP, how much deck bounce/sway are you getting?
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:43 PM
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They are monroe shocks. Check for parts with them
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:46 PM
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Attached are a couple of photos of the bushings on the right front shock.
I have a friend that works in a machine shop and could make me something up out of poly or metal.

I don't seem to have much deck bounce, but I have a lot of sway. I replaced the bar and plastic bushings on the push arms trying to eliminate some of it, and they were worn, but it still has a lot of sway. Turning slowly in my drive with the window down on my truck I can hear the deck banging back and forth and it drives me nuts!!!
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:13 PM
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Attached are a couple of photos of the bushings on the right front shock.
I have a friend that works in a machine shop and could make me something up out of poly or metal.

I don't seem to have much deck bounce, but I have a lot of sway. I replaced the bar and plastic bushings on the push arms trying to eliminate some of it, and they were worn, but it still has a lot of sway. Turning slowly in my drive with the window down on my truck I can hear the deck banging back and forth and it drives me nuts!!!
I have demoed several now with excessive deck sway and bounce. Otherwise awesome machine.
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