Shocks - Basic Question
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12-04-2010, 09:07 PM #1
Shocks - Basic Question
This is actually my first post to this site, so give me a break if I come off a bit naive about what I'm about to ask
My Camaro SS has 160k miles, and (no joke) I think the struts on the front are the DeCarbon originals, so I'm thinking I'm going to replace them shortly (both struts/shocks in front and rear).
The question is... which shocks to get.
The shocks range from $29 - $4XX
Why such the big difference, is the $400 shock really 13x better?
I'm looking at getting Monroe - Sensa Matic, which are relatively cheap compared to the Bilsteins.
I used to go to the track, but dont anymore, my driving style is moderatly aggressive, and I'm looking for a shock that is comfortable, and handles well but not mushy or sharp.
Any thoughts or advice would be appreicated.
Maybe a better question is - what shocks and struts are best to stay away from entirely?
12-05-2010, 12:14 AM #2
99% of people stick with qa1's, kyb's, bilsteins or koni's. I don't know the compression rate of the cheaper shocks you listed so I can't compare them. For our cars most people want a shock that will improve the cars handling and people are willing to pay more for that peace of mind, you won't hear from anyone buying a $29 shock for a sports car. If it was a camry it would be different, in fact just put some monroe's on one and they are way better than the originals that were shot.
If you are looking for a middle of the road shock I will say look into the slp bilsteins. They came on slp equipped cars so you know the ride won't be much rougher but will of course still be a step above the de-carbons.
12-05-2010, 07:33 AM #3
1st - Koni
2nd - SLP Bilstein
3rd - KYB
I wouldn't go with anything other than those above three, and I've listed them from best to worst. QA1's are a choice also, but I'm pretty sure those are more geared for track use.
12-05-2010, 08:58 AM #4
Thanks for the advice, much appreciated.
I'm torn between KYB and Bilstein... Would there be a noticeable difference between them in terms of quality and lifespan?
12-05-2010, 09:14 AM #5
Remember...KYB...Keeps You Bouncing
Get the Bilsteins!
12-05-2010, 09:14 AM #6
I know a girl named Sarah from San Ramon...haha. Dated her best friend for a while.
12-05-2010, 09:18 AM #7
Sweet.. Thanks again.
I bought in san Ramon last year so I'm still somewhat new out here :-)
12-05-2010, 09:55 AM #8
Welcome to the site from Livermore
12-05-2010, 11:43 AM #9
C5z28 - thanks for the welcome :-)
12-05-2010, 01:45 PM #10
for you have the money get the koni, if not, got the SLP Bilstein
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How are the Edelbrock Performer IAS shocks vs the Bilstein
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