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    Shocks - Basic Question

    Hi All,

    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    Remember...KYB...Keeps You Bouncing

    Get the Bilsteins!

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    Sweet.. Thanks again.

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    for you have the money get the koni, if not, got the SLP Bilstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9T8W66 View Post
    Do it right the first time

    GET Koni's

    Twice the price of bilstiens but worth every penny.
    think there more then 2times the price?....well they where last time i looked them up

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    http://www.lmperformance.com/839/1.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02transamce View Post
    http://www.lmperformance.com/839/1.html

    here you go,from a site sponser.
    the ws6store has them ALOT cheaper the last time i looked

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird-WS6 View Post
    the ws6store has them ALOT cheaper the last time i looked
    WOW!!!! 200 bucks cheaper in fact!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02transamce View Post
    WOW!!!! 200 bucks cheaper in fact!



    on black Friday it was even cheaper and free shipping lol

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    How are the Edelbrock Performer IAS shocks vs the Bilstein
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