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Old 03-20-2014, 04:37 AM   #1
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As my '06 9-5 rolls over 106K (And i live in Southern NH where we have so many frost heaves in our roads, that there is a guy making a living telling jokes about them) i'm thinking about a suspension overhaul, i see that both eeuroparts and FCP sell a refresh kit FCP has the Bilstein front and rear kit for around $1K has anyone used this kit comes with everything i think i need not sure about all the brands used (other than the Bilstein shocks of course) eeuro is cheaper and i think i really only need the front kit, but they use a lot of " ProParts" stuff is it good?
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:47 AM   #2
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What makes you think you need to replace parts? Knocking noises, bouncy ride etc?
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before just ordering parts, i would go though the car, and ID exactly what has failed.
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Yes bouncy ride, clunking not to bad but its starting i'm also going down to 16" wheels with more sidewall see if that helps (Hi Mike, i met you the other day when you picked up that sub-frame in Peterborough)
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i would have an indy check it out to tell you exactly what failed. my parents 2002 Aero that they use like a pickup truck (overload the trunk with everything) only recently lost its rear shocks on a trip to the cape. and they are in NH as well potholes and all. they have 160k on the clock.

i think it was under $700 for the whole back setup to be replaced
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I would have someone check it over and make a list.

I would look at the propoly front bushing set. Check and see that is not a sway link, ball joint or tie rod.
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Ride quality had diminished on my 9-5 AERO. The rear end would sort of skip left or right over larger bumps. Had new rear shocks installed yesterday and it's like driving a new car. I waited too long to replace said shocks.

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At 100k+ miles I think it's generally good practice to fit all new bushings and shocks/struts on most any car. Just ordered all that up for my Saab. I went with the Bilstein B12 pro kit package, all the powerflex bushings they make (except subframe b/c mine look to be in perfect shape) and oem bushings where powerflex doesn't make bushings (rear end stuff).

BTW $1k for F&R bilstein is high. I got the B12 kit for just over $800 and that includes springs.
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At 100k+ miles I think it's generally good practice to fit all new bushings and shocks/struts on most any car. Just ordered all that up for my Saab. I went with the Bilstein B12 pro kit package, all the powerflex bushings they make (except subframe b/c mine look to be in perfect shape) and oem bushings where powerflex doesn't make bushings (rear end stuff).

BTW $1k for F&R bilstein is high. I got the B12 kit for just over $800 and that includes springs.
Kinda silly to buy hundreds of dollars of suspension parts unless they have failed and need replacing.
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