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Old 01-08-2013, 05:09 AM   #1
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Need help Selecting Shocks

I'm now getting around to replacing my springs and shocks/struts on my 97 900SE Talladega. The idiot before me heated the front springs to lower it and they simply have to go. I'm getting to Vogtland springs from Genuine. What shocks should I get? Koni's are out of my price range. Where can i get bilstein HDs for a decent price? I've found some on Ebay but I cant tell if theyre the right ones. I'll link below for an example. If not these could someone give me an example of what to buy? Everywhere I look it just says Bilstein HD's. Thanks in advance!


BMW E46 Bilstein HD Front and Rear Shock Absorber Set New BMW 325xi 330xi | eBay
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Bilstein HDs or Konis if you plan to lower the car and/or keep it for a while. Sachs-Boge is OEM replacement but about as pricy as Konis, IIRC. KYB is OK as a stock replacement but don't expect them to last very long. Dunno about Monroe or any of the chain store equivalents.

Try Shox.com for pricing.
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Are all Bilstein HD's the same?
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Are all Bilstein HD's the same?
No.

All shocks are made to the specific suspension travel length of the car, so no, those Ebay BMW shocks probably won't fit.

You order shocks to fit the specific model and year of the vehicle.
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If you're trying to keep things cheap, see if any dealerships have some old takeoffs sitting around.
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Yea I have a lot of buddies with Saabs, gonna see if ican find some used ones laying around.
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Any stock shocks from a 94-98 NG900 will work. They probably won't work for long, but should last long enough for you to save up for Bilsteins
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The ones currently installed might be OK, I'm going to check when i rip them out.
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The ones currently installed might be OK, I'm going to check when i rip them out.
Odds are against the fronts being good. If the rears are OK, put Koni's in the front and keep the stock rears. It's not a bad combo. When you have money, you can upgrade the rear shocks with no extra work.

FYI - you really shouldn't be planning on stiffer springs if you can't afford stiffer shocks. Shocks need to control the springs. If you can only afford one, just buy the high quality shocks.
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If the guy was dumb-enough to heat springs, he likely didn't upgrade shocks. they're probably blown, or close to it.

GR-2 are a good "OE" replacement, but not on a lowered car. I dont' know the vogtlands, are they much lower than a viggen? if not, GR-2 would be fine.
Get the HD's or the sports if you can budget them. They're about the best you can buy stateside. if you choose the right one, based on lowering, you likely will never need to replace them.
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