Our museum of fakes has a new exposition: spare parts imitating the products of the Skopinsky auto-aggregate plant, a supplier of shock absorbers for VAZ and GAZ conveyors.

Maxim Sachkov

Shock absorbers and struts - fakes "under the SAAZ" as such are quite rare - the site is complex and cannot make its entire handicraft. It’s easier to shake the shock absorber that has served its term - physical and financial injections will be required much less. We will not argue that the enumerated is always worse than the new factory one. An experienced conscientious master will bring the old shock absorber back to life - and it will be no less long. But the market requires cheap products, hence the low quality of the restored nodes. Here are two typical examples of poor-quality bulkheads - parts sold as new Skopinsky.

VAZ 2108 stand: First of all, pay attention to the quality of painting. The black coating is shiny, in some places it fell off (photo 1, left). And here they just forgot to put the paint (photo 2). Compare with the factory: matte coating, with "shagreen leather" (photo 1, right).

Take a look at the release date of the batch - it is affixed next to the catalog number and the manufacturer's logo. The number "7" means the year (1997), and the letter "D" means the month (May). Can factory goods lie so much in a store or warehouse? Even under the most unfavorable conditions for trading, the difference in dates on the “zero” shock absorber body and your flip calendar will not be more than a year.

Try to pull out the stock - doesn’t work? Let's both together - phew, ready, but how hard. A factory rack? Hold it by holding the stem thread. A brilliant bar slowly leaves the case almost without your help. Just do not forget to pump the shock absorber before testing - pull out and drown the stem two or three times. And do not conduct such experiments in the cold: the liquid is too thick.

Consider the suspicious stance closely. The thread under the nut of the upper support is jammed (photo 3, on the left; on the right - a new stand), the stock is all in small sinks. Yeah, besides, there are droplets of shock absorber liquid on it - probably the masters decided not to change the old stuffing box. The stem should be greasy to the touch, but not so much that the oil flows down it. By the way, sometimes, instead of shock-absorbing fluid, “pickers” fill everything that comes to hand … even water.

Need more proof of the bulkhead? Carefully knock down the metal cover (buffer support). On a nut for a special key, the traces of a chisel, it is immediately visible - the rack was opened. In addition, rust got here (photo 4). Everything, move on to the next exhibit.

This “updated” rear shock absorber for the “Lada” was not even deigned to be prepared for painting - the enamel was placed directly on the rust (photo 5, left; original on the right). The plastic casing is easy to remove - a mess. We pull out the rod - it seems to be going fine … No, at the end of the turn it went easier - probably, the resuscitators regretted the fluid. By car, such a shock absorber will knock from the very first days.

The stock itself also does not look the best way - in some places it is literally dotted with black dots. If you look closely, there are signs of wear - the shock absorber has worked a lot in the past and its hours are numbered.

In fairness, we note that sometimes sellers honestly warn: a cheap rack is from a bulkhead, and this one, more expensive, is “native”. The choice between price and quality is yours. But in any case, it is useful to learn how to distinguish factory products from handicrafts yourself … before you feel the difference when driving with your own "soft spot".