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Do I need new shocks?

This is a discussion on Do I need new shocks? within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; I just bought my 99 T/A yesterday, and the back end feels kinda soggy. When I push down or against ...

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    Do I need new shocks?

    I just bought my 99 T/A yesterday, and the back end feels kinda soggy. When I push down or against the back end, it moves and bounces VERY freely. It doesn't feel stiff at all.

    Do I need new shocks to fix this or is it normal?

    If I do need new shocks, what are the best kind to buy for a reasonable price?

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    depends on the rest of your suspension setup... you know which springs you have on the car ?
    Regardless, you definiteley need shocks.
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    no i don't know what suspension i have.. according to the dealer everything is stock.. i think it's all stock too.

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    are you thinking on keeping stock springs ?
    If so, depends if you want to lower the car a bit.
    If you want stock springs and lower a bit, get Koni SA front and Biltein HD for the rear.
    You'll be able to lower ~ 3/4" due to 2 perch locations on the Koni SA, while doing the hose-mod in the rear for same lowering.

    If you want stock height, just go w/ Biltein HD shocks on stock springs.

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    but do you think i definetly need new shocks? i thought the back end should be a little more stiff than it was...

    how much does it cost to lower it? i don't know much about suspension

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenio_SS View Post
    are you thinking on keeping stock springs ?
    If so, depends if you want to lower the car a bit.
    If you want stock springs and lower a bit, get Koni SA front and Biltein HD for the rear.
    You'll be able to lower ~ 3/4" due to 2 perch locations on the Koni SA, while doing the hose-mod in the rear for same lowering.

    If you want stock height, just go w/ Biltein HD shocks on stock springs.
    yes i'm just going to keep stock height.. should i get the Biltein HD shocks on both the front and the back? and where's a good place to get them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Ten View Post
    but do you think i definetly need new shocks? i thought the back end should be a little more stiff than it was...

    how much does it cost to lower it? i don't know much about suspension
    stiffness is defined by springs + swaybars.
    putting the rear stiffer will make the rear even more tailhappy when cornering... not sure it's what you are trying to accomplish... I'd say it's the reverse.

    shocks will just control the given stiffness, making sure it absorbs the imperfections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Ten View Post
    yes i'm just going to keep stock height.. should i get the Biltein HD shocks on both the front and the back? and where's a good place to get them?
    I'd get them on all corners.
    A great place to get them from is http://www.stranoparts.com
    Best thing is to give them a call and talk to Sam.

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