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Bilstein HD's VS SLP Bilstein

This is a discussion on Bilstein HD's VS SLP Bilstein within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; Which is a better shock? I do alot of twisty turny roads. I'll be lowering the car onto strano springs. ...

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    Bilstein HD's VS SLP Bilstein

    Which is a better shock? I do alot of twisty turny roads. I'll be lowering the car onto strano springs. i want something that'll have the best performance/ non harsh riding feel. Anyone?

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    Koni's are the best but if your like me and some people I hang out with KYB AGX's are good alternative. My friend has strano's and kyb's and loves them.
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    My understanding is that only the front shock valving is different, the SLP fronts have more rebound and less compression dampening than the HD fronts.
    IMO, get the SLP Bilsteins. Or better yet get just the front SLP Bilsteins, and the 3rd generation camaro/firebird rear Bilstein sport shocks.
    Yeah, Koni's would be best, but I believe there out of his budget range.

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    That's why I suggested the KYB's since there cheaper that Koni's but are still adj. which I liked over the bilsteins that's what made me choose them.

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    having multiple settings is sometimes nice, but i'd take build quality over adjustability any day. kyb's adjust rebound and compression together (i believe) which is not ideal, and most say that they're not built as well as bilsteins. i had SLP bilsteins and they were pretty decent, but i certainly would not want anything less. i now have koni's in the front and koni's coming for the rear and feel that if at all possible they are the way to go.

    not saying KYB's are bad shocks, just saying..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue28 View Post
    My understanding is that only the front shock valving is different, the SLP fronts have more rebound and less compression dampening than the HD fronts.
    IMO, get the SLP Bilsteins. Or better yet get just the front SLP Bilsteins, and the 3rd generation camaro/firebird rear Bilstein sport shocks.
    Yeah, Koni's would be best, but I believe there out of his budget range.
    so why do people suggest to use 3rd gen rear shocks. do they work? do they work better? thanks I'm doing my shocks soon and are looking at SLP Bilsteins,

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00camaro16 View Post
    so why do people suggest to use 3rd gen rear shocks. do they work? do they work better? thanks I'm doing my shocks soon and are looking at SLP Bilsteins,
    There designed for lowering springs ,better valving and a little shorter.

    Also the 3rd Gen rear shocks are completely interchangeable with the 4th Gen rear shocks.
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    well im gonna be getting either the slp's or the hd's... so im looking for whatever would be better for doing road course racing..not auto x but road course. windy twisty turny roads

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    so the slp bilsteins are more for lowered cars?

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    Nut up for Konis and just be done with it.....anything less is just that .....Less......Yeah I have them so I can say this......

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    slp bilsteins are for the slp spings that came on some of the slp optioned cars hd's are for strano springs

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    whats funny is sam said the opposite. That i should go with the revalved slp bilsteins

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramairgod84 View Post
    whats funny is sam said the opposite. That i should go with the revalved slp bilsteins
    huh, well I have slp bilsteins w/ stranos and I guess the shocks are done because I hate the ride, maybe i'm getting old
    Mine probably aren't the revalved slp bilsteins and just the slp bilsteins I got mine used so who knows

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    ive got Bilstein and hypercoil springs. Bilstien has a them in a kit that is tuned for our cars. I like the response and its a bit lower

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    well i know i dont want a harsh ride.. A buddy of mine had eibach pro kit on his car, and it was almost unbearable. There's some good canyon carving roads out here. From my understanding, the slp bilsteins are a little more for daily driving.

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    My stock decarbons sucked
    bilsteins were a little better w/ less swaying in the initial turn in
    went to stock decarbons w/ 30k on them (clearance issues w/ 16's until I get new rims/tires) I never thought I would be happy w/ decarbons but I guess mileage made a lot of difference in my case not sloppy and takes turns well. You could always buy a pillow if the ride gets to rough haha

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    Everyone I spoke to recently has told me the same thing, Including SLP. ALL new Bilsteins are ONE specification. there is no longer an 'SLP' or a 'HD'. That's what I am told and mine are coming from SLP.

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    SLP Bilsteins will beat you up. I had them on my 97 SS and they were very harsh. They do handle pretty good though. I now have DA Koni's in the front and SA 4th gen Koni's in the rear. The fronts are baddass but i wish I spent the extra on DA rears!
    Quote Originally Posted by Ramairgod84 View Post
    well i know i dont want a harsh ride.. A buddy of mine had eibach pro kit on his car, and it was almost unbearable. There's some good canyon carving roads out here. From my understanding, the slp bilsteins are a little more for daily driving.

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    I thought Bilstein fronts were unavailable ?
    Where are you guys getting them from?

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    well who here has had the bilstein hd/ strano spring setup? what did u think
    also, who can compare it to bilstein hd/ eibach pro kit

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