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bureau13  



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:52 am    Post subject: Shocks Reply with quote

I'm probably not going to do it right away, since the queue is getting longer and longer, but...my suspension needs some work. It's very bouncy...I sometimes bottom out on a speed bump in my neighborhood if I go over it too fast...and there is a lot of lean in corners. I also get some odd sounds...sort of a thunk in slowish turns, etc.

Before I do anything like upgrading sway bars or whatever...I have no idea if that's even needed...I think I need to fix the obviously known problem, which is shocks.

I saw a set of 4 KYB on Ebay for super cheap, but I suspect they're not so good. Most I see referenced are Koni and Bilstein. My inclination was the latter, but I'm open to suggestions. This will mostly be a street car, but I want it to feel tight and precise. The roads around here are pretty average, certainly I don't drive on a lot of dirt roads, etc. I don't need a soft ride.

Thoughts?
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Eric P  



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If price is a concern, there's always Sachs shocks. They're a bit more expensive than KYB but they're cheaper than the Konis and Bilsteins.

I've had bad experiences with KYBs so I'd probably steer clear of them personally. They only lasted about 6k miles on my F250 with normal road use. There's no way I would install them on my 924.

If it were my car, I would save up and just get Koni's or Bilsteins. Get something that's quality and will last.

There are a lot of options, but the price only goes up from there.
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bureau13  



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I figured those KYBs were too good to be true. I hate changing shocks, so I definitely don't want something where I'm going to have to do the job again any time soon...

Eric P wrote:
If price is a concern, there's always Sachs shocks. They're a bit more expensive than KYB but they're cheaper than the Konis and Bilsteins.

I've had bad experiences with KYBs so I'd probably steer clear of them personally. They only lasted about 6k miles on my F250 with normal road use. There's no way I would install them on my 924.

If it were my car, I would save up and just get Koni's or Bilsteins. Get something that's quality and will last.

There are a lot of options, but the price only goes up from there.

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MugenRep  



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RockAuto has a KYB mail in discount for 4 struts $100.00 off. I needed rear struts, so I bought the KYB Gas-A-Just rear monotube shocks for $26.xx and shipping less 5% discount. After mail in rebate, I'll only be out about $23.xx/each with shipping (2 KYBs were $40 off).

Head over to RockAuto and check.
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MugenRep  



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Btw, GR-2s aren't very good. AGX and Gas-A-Just are decent, but Bilstein and Koni are better. Sachs is between along with Monroe struts/shocks.


https://www.rockauto.com/lang/en/promoCat.html
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Fifty50Plus  



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't buy cubic zirconium for your girlfriend. Get the Bilsteins.
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ideola  



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree^^^. My favorite street shocks are Bilstein HDs.

Available here:
http://garage.ideola.com/prod-SuspensionUpgrades.html#Dampers

The rear shocks are an absolute cinch to install.

Even the fronts can be done without messing up alignment...best when using spring compressors...and you'll likely need a big pipe wrench to get the top strut housing nut removed.
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bureau13  



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's probably what I'll go with. Good to hear it's a relatively painless job. On the 928, it's supposedly a PITA and I'm not looking forward to it, but I kinda have to now....but that's another story...
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bureau13  



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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So are the shocks for this car the same as used on the early 944s?

The reason I ask: I have a source for some lightly-used Konis from an early 944...if they're the same, sounds like a nice cheap step up from the bouncy stockers I have now...
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