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cyclehead
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I posted this a few years ago, on every site I could find.   One more site is sure to help someone, right?

A european company "Ravenol" published that their "GHA-F" Hydraulic Fluid was a good substitute for our SMT system.   They were wrong.   The SMT system uses brake fluid throughout.  Any kind of hydraulic oil will cause all the internal seals to swell and will destroy the entire system.
To my knowledge, Ravenol company never gave any Spyder owner a red cent in compensation for the destruction they caused with their sloppy crossover information.

Me and a few other unfortunate Spyder owners tried the new substitute.  I documented all the destruction, plus I did a little test-tube test with three HPDM o-rings to show what happens.   Within 24 hours the seal has swelled enough to cause trouble.

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This topic was modified 5 months ago 6 times by cyclehead

I make Amateur Armrests - see the Commercial Forum. I also have SMT seals available.

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Posted : July 13, 2019 6:14 pm
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 Galo
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ch, did anyone seriously try to get compensation for any damage done? I'm not an attorney, and I haven't stayed at a Holiday Inn Express, but it seems taking Ravenol to court could have reaped some rewards. Are/were they too big to sue?

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Posted : July 16, 2019 9:29 pm
cyclehead
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I asked repeatedly for Ravenol to give some compensation for the damage they caused.  I offered many times to send them the destroyed HPU and GSA for their inspection.   Instead they demanded I send them inspection results from “a certified shop”.   Prices for forensic examination by a professionally licensed lab are very high.   They wanted me to spend all this money up front, then send them paperwork for them to look over and pick apart.   That smacks of throwing good money after bad.   I don’t have the time, money or stomach to pursue an international lawsuit.    

I would have been happy with a sincere apology.  

 

I make Amateur Armrests - see the Commercial Forum. I also have SMT seals available.

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Posted : July 17, 2019 1:16 pm
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