My Series III 88in has parabolic springs and Explorer dampers. While the springs are like new and give an excellent ride, the dampers look tired and rusty, and one of the back ones seems to be leaking oil. I can’t find any part number markings on them.
The front springs have two leaves (markings appear to be TIC 715 11H) and the rears seem to have three leaves plus one helper leaf (markings are long gone). All four springs were originally blue.
From this rather inadequate description, can you recommend reasonably priced dampers that would suit these springs? The vehicle never goes off-road. Paul Harris, Hampshire
There are principally three mediums used in dampers: oil, gas and a combination of gas and oil. These combination types are usually described as gas dampers, which is why your rear damper is leaking oil. They do need to be replaced.
Your front springs were produced by TI Console (TIC). TIC springs were typically blue so it’s likely the rears are of the same make, especially as it would be unusual – and inadvisable – to fit a mixture of makes. TIC springs are now called Heystee (heystee-automotive.com). This Dutch firm also supplies its own brand of dampers to suit the springs.
Contact the firm, quoting the details from your current springs and asking for a set of Heystee-brand dampers to match.