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I got a 96 and its lowered about 2" my shocks are worn out and I need to get new ones. Anyone have any suggestions on what to get? This isn't my main car so im not trying to put on the most expensive either, I just want a better ride.
 

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KYB makes economy and enhanced versions for a decent price, the cheap monroe and sensatrac stuff does not hold up well. Bilsteins are over priced and over rated.
 

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Cool I had KYB's in mind their site calls for kg5458 in the front and kg5507 in the back, was thinking of getting those heard anything on them. They are priced reasonably about $40 each
 

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Fronts are easy....rears take a while longer due to the long reach trying to hold the nut while using the ratchet with extensions to remove. KYB's are slotted so installing is easier by starting one nut and bolt then sliding on one end of the shock and starting the other nut and bolt.
 

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KYB makes economy and enhanced versions for a decent price, the cheap monroe and sensatrac stuff does not hold up well. Bilsteins are over priced and over rated.
Angel, how's it going?

I'd like to know whether the OE shocks on the Impala SS (deCarbon high pressure gas) were also overrated...same design as Bilstein.

9C1 cars had a Bilstein option, quite a few production vehicles have used Bilstein over the years, some still do--current Buick Lacrosse Super, for example.

Not sure I understand why you're down on Bilstein....GM uses them for a reason, and it's not because they're "overrated"? Yes, they are more expensive, but you get what you pay for in my experience, and I've used Bilstein on most of the cars I've owned since 1972.

Say Hi to George! :D
 

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Bill: you need to plug the rear shock mounting bracket you sell here too. Seriously. That thing is really, really helpful.
 

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Bilsteins are over priced and over rated.
Expensive? Yes.

Not sure I agree with overpriced and overrated though.

I absolutely love my Bilsteins. Wouldn't consider having anything else. I'll gladly pay the $250 - $300 for a set. Do em once and be happy with em.
 

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Depends on what you put them thru,where you live and such. Out here we see them on cars pretty often and they are usually worn or leaking even if they are not so old. Just depends on personal taste and budget,driving habits all of which play a role in how things perform/last.
 

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They are lifetime warrantied by the manufacturer though, so even if they leak they can be replaced. At $40 per, a set of KYB's is roughly $100 cheaper than Bilsteins.

That one set of Bilsteins could theoretically last your entire life. KYB's.... not so much.
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FWIW, The roads around here are arguably as bad as anywhere in the country.

I daily drive my car, as well as AutoX, Drag Race and Roadcourse it.

My Bilsteins are almost three years old and feel like the day I bought em.
 

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Whatever works for his/her budget. Sounds like WhiteLtz and I have done similar abuse to our cars with the exception that I took my car off road on motorcycle trails on a regular basis(Do not recommend anyone doing this) so again go with your budget.

Parts may have warranty but no shocks cover labor cost, so again whatever works.....and they both work.
 

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Sounds like WhiteLtz and I have done similar abuse to our cars with the exception that I took my car off road on motorcycle trails on a regular basis(Do not recommend anyone doing this) so again go with your budget.
That's funny lol.

When I lived in Colorado I used to take my Caprice off-roading in the rockies and in the desert all the time. I had Monroe Sensa-tracs at that point. Destroyed the shocks in just a few thousand miles.
 

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those shock bracket so simple and ssweet, i threw on the ias shocks wish i could comment on them havent driven enough on them to say, but having it lowered isnt there a concern on shock travel
 

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Whatever works for his/her budget. Sounds like WhiteLtz and I have done similar abuse to our cars with the exception that I took my car off road on motorcycle trails on a regular basis(Do not recommend anyone doing this) so again go with your budget.

Parts may have warranty but no shocks cover labor cost, so again whatever works.....and they both work.
These so called "motorcycle trails" wouldn't be down near the border would they?
 

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These so called "motorcycle trails" wouldn't be down near the border would they?

NO, lol. It was in victorville/phelan where all the druggies make meth. It was especially fun since I still had every piece of police equipment in my car inside and out. All the bubbas 4 wheeling it with beers in hand would see me and turn around and go up some crazy stuff to avoid me. Comedy. The one time I did get stuck, I had to hold up a beer of my own to prove I was not out to get them and just wanted a rope to pull myself out, that was funny as hell.
 

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ahhhhh ******* meth cookers always have the big 4x4s for those sticky situations:biggrin:
 
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