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Struts/Shocks for a daily driver

This is a discussion on Struts/Shocks for a daily driver within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; I'm looking for recommendtions for struts & shocks for a daily driver. I'm thinking KYB Gas-A-Just's. Is there a better ...

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    Struts/Shocks for a daily driver

    I'm looking for recommendtions for struts & shocks for a daily driver. I'm thinking KYB Gas-A-Just's. Is there a better choice for non-performance applications?

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    bilstiens are nice and not expensive..go with those

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    If keeping stock springs... I'd vote for Bilstein HD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenio_SS View Post
    If keeping stock springs... I'd vote for Bilstein HD
    will the Bilstein HDs keep my 315s from rubbing?
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    the shocks shouldn't make any difference on rubbing... if they rub, chances are it's in the inner well... do like I did and many have done ... BFH-massage-therapy !
    BFH = Big F***n Hammer
    having the rear centered will help w/ adj-PHR.

    But the HD will have better damper properties matched w/ the stock springs... so you will ru bless often than with stock shocks until you get the BFH mod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenio_SS View Post
    the shocks shouldn't make any difference on rubbing... if they rub, chances are it's in the inner well... do like I did and many have done ... BFH-massage-therapy !
    BFH = Big F***n Hammer
    having the rear centered will help w/ adj-PHR.

    But the HD will have better damper properties matched w/ the stock springs... so you will ru bless often than with stock shocks until you get the BFH mod.
    i have an adjustable panhard bar (the stock one actally was centered fine), rear is centered.

    I did the BFH mod when i installed the rims and tires. only thing i didn't do was roll the fenders, which i need a body shop to do...but the car does need shocks...did for a while. this sucks. i like the 315s look, but i can't see all the guys on here rubbing and not complaining about it. i guess i'm just frustrated at this point...i'll try the Bilsteins

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    Stock springs and Bilstein Hd, GREATLY improved my DD duties

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    I would also say Bilsteins HD with 1LE springs are a nice cheap option.
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    My 98WS6 has the 1LE spings and sway bars.

    Will the Blistein HD's work with these spring rates, What did you notice in ride quality?. Someone told me they were marginal for that spring rate. Sure would save some bucks.

    Anyone with Konis and stock WS6 1LE springs? any feedback on ride quality.

    The ride right now is pretty harsh...tons of vibration in the seat of the pants. Rear feels like it's skiping over the expansion joints. Steering wheel tends to move on every little road imperfection. It almost feels as the shocks have gotten harder, not softer and floaty as I normally see with other cars. almost solid. The roads are not all that bad just looking at them.

    I don't plan to lower the car. Just want a decent ride. Did the alignment, the printer was not working, but he said he set it up to OE with 0 toe.

    I am running 31 psi front and 29psi rear. 285's all around.

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    The 1LE springs are just a bit more stiffer than stock but not enough to make your ride harsh. Bilstein are your ticket. If you got the money for Konis they are even better and they will ride great with 1LE springs or aftermarket springs. I was using my stock 1LE's for a while with my Konis and they where great. even in their softer setting they will take corners better than stock and provide you with adjustability (from Cadilac soft to stiffer more sportscar oriented handling).

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    Get Koni SA's (Single adjustable) from sam and a adj. panhard bar. Best mods ever!

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