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shocks/struts

Postby WildPony » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:08 pm

I'm in the market for new shocks/struts. Very budget conscious right now so thinking HD Bilstein or something of the sort.
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Re: shocks/struts

Postby Pitcru » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:44 pm

What are the current units from the factory??

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Postby WildPony » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:40 am

I'm trying to figure that out. I was wondering if the frequent tire changes has led to premature degredation of the shocks/struts. So, I'm sort of concerned about the next set and their durability. I question the need for adjustable because I would probably just crank it up and leave it there...
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Re: shocks/struts

Postby Pitcru » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:57 am

From that picture it looks like the fronts are the only problem. It almost has the look that the springs have gone soft. I have seen that on other cars. I found this quote below on a VW forum. You may want to check this just for laughs.

My car with stock springs and shocks (the TDI Cup Edition suspension that is for sale here) measured 26.5" at all 4 corners - ground to high point on the fender.


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Re: shocks/struts

Postby WildPony » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:04 am

I am concerned about springs but will address them next season but I've been watching how much higer I have to jack the car up just to get the wheels up to change it...I'm running out of throw on my jack! I'm getting more knocking and banging as well during manuveurs so will address the related mounting hardware as well.
My understanding is the springs are from the GLI....so overall not likely to be very rugged...
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Re: shocks/struts

Postby Pitcru » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:27 am

Knocking and banging is never good. Don't trash a new set of struts if the springs are cooked. If the problem can't be rectified for Loring, you are welcome to drive the Honda.

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Re: shocks/struts

Postby kustomizm » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:08 pm

Could the banging be worn out upper strut mounts? Sounds to me like a possibility.
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Postby MR Chuck » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:10 pm

Pitcru wrote:Knocking and banging is never good. Don't trash a new set of struts if the springs are cooked. If the problem can't be rectified for Loring, you are welcome to drive the Honda.

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Yup! Springs are cooked! Go for it John! :lol:
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Postby solfly » Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:08 am

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Postby DM » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:06 am

check out the KONIs that are adj off the car, compress and rotate, I love them on my old E30 changed the whole car's personality. Much less expensive than the double ext adj
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Re: shocks/struts

Postby WildPony » Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:41 am

Thanks for the insight (I can explore more Saturday when I swap the wheels out for Sunday) and expecially the offer- Mark I'll certainly keep that in mind. Thanks...John
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Re: shocks/struts

Postby Rocwandrer » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:35 pm

DM wrote:check out the KONIs that are adj off the car, compress and rotate, I love them on my old E30 changed the whole car's personality. Much less expensive than the double ext adj



Pretty sure they only make those in a shock damper configuration, not a strut.

Koni single adjustables (rebound only, no cross talk), revalved by koni NA for your specific application (probably not necessary with stock springs) would be my pick. In the early spring they usually have 10-30% discount available for a few weeks each year.

For the price point, I don't think any of the bilsteins are a bad value, but if I bought them I'd make sure I bought rebuildable ones, not disposable (because that way revalve kits are available to change the damping curves).

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Re: shocks/struts

Postby DM » Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:28 pm

Rocwandrer wrote:
DM wrote:check out the KONIs that are adj off the car, compress and rotate, I love them on my old E30 changed the whole car's personality. Much less expensive than the double ext adj



Pretty sure they only make those in a shock damper configuration, not a strut.
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nope, inserts for the front, shocks for the rear on my e30

many find the Bilsteins too hard on the street.
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Re: shocks/struts

Postby MR Chuck » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:39 am

I find my bilsteins too soft. :lol:

Valving is easy to fix. Available spring rates isnt.
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Re: shocks/struts

Postby Vanos » Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:08 pm

koni double adjust external best! I have S/A they make up a lot for having 100Lb. front, stock springs.
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