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Tokico HPS or Bilstein HD's?

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    Question Tokico HPS or Bilstein HD's?

    I have a stock 2002 TA Engine with anly a few simple mods done, i just want an opinion between these 2 shocks. I dont want to get anything adjustable i just want a simple single shock for my rear set up. Ive heard people saying that Bilsteins have had some problems but what kind of problems? Does anyone really know? or have any experience with them? And as for the Tokico i cant find one review its like they dont exsist or no one has bought them yet? Any info would be greatly appreciated!

    (Side note) The reason im looking for new shocks is because when my rear hits a bump or a dip to fast i hear a clunking in the rear. I was thinking it was either my exhaust pipe that goes up and over our rear axle hittin the frame or the shocks, Any ideas on that to?

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    What is the mileage on your car?

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    ive got 50k now and my car is not lowered

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    It's been beaten to death on here and other sites that the stock decarbon shocks SUCK. The bilstiens would be a nice upgrade but unfortunately they are on Nation Wide Back Order.
    I know Tokico makes shocks for our cars but I've nver really heard much about them. Maybe Sam Strano can chime in on this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLEX3269 View Post
    ive got 50k now and my car is not lowered
    Well the deCarbons are a P.O.S.
    I would check for a rub mark on the over the axle pipe before dumping money into shocks. There is a hanger on the passenger side of the car where the mid-pipe mounts to the body. I would check that first.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 9t8z28 View Post
    Well the deCarbons are a P.O.S.
    I would check for a rub mark on the over the axle pipe before dumping money into shocks. There is a hanger on the passenger side of the car where the mid-pipe mounts to the body. I would check that first.

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    My exhaust does not have a hanger there, i think its because they had to move that pipe alittle so they couldnt put on on. I push on my exhaust and its on there pretty good, do you think that when i hit a speed bump or a dip that my axel is somehow pushing my exhaust up and makin it hit the underbody to make that clunk or you think that its my shocks that are going bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLEX3269 View Post
    My exhaust does not have a hanger there, i think its because they had to move that pipe alittle so they couldnt put on on. I push on my exhaust and its on there pretty good, do you think that when i hit a speed bump or a dip that my axel is somehow pushing my exhaust up and makin it hit the underbody to make that clunk or you think that its my shocks that are going bad?
    Yeah, the rear could be hitting the mid-pipe or the body since you do not have a hanger there. Is there at least the rubber isolator still intact?

    And yeah, your shocks could be bad and causing the rear to travel to far to quickly and it bangs into the mid-pipe.

    You are going to have to get under your car and look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9t8z28 View Post
    Yeah, the rear could be hitting the mid-pipe or the body since you do not have a hanger there. Is there at least the rubber isolator still intact?

    And yeah, your shocks could be bad and causing the rear to travel to far to quickly and it bangs into the mid-pipe.

    You are going to have to get under your car and look.
    Yea that little rubber piece on the right of the pic is intact and is holding one of my other hangers. I have also gotten under my car and from what i can see the axle is not leaving any marks on my pipe that i would figure you would see if it was hitting it causing it to push the pipe up. So as you said im guessing it is my shocks, i just recently ordered a pair of bilsteins for the rear, im hopin that solves the problem.

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