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Old 06-14-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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What struts are you running on your Gen2?

I need to replace my struts. 65,000 miles of abuse and they are done. I really want the Bilstein HD's but they are pricey... about $800 for all 4 corners. I need something stronger (?) than stock. Anybody have any choices they would like to share?


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Old 06-14-2012, 09:15 PM   #2
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A lot of people here run the Ford Racing (FRPP) kit. I have the GAZ struts/shock installed. I really like them because the dampening is adjustable. Other people go with coilovers which will cost you about 1K. You could also get the Koni yellows with the H&R race springs.
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Why do you think you need something stronger? Is this a daily driver? Is it lowered? Are you using stock springs? If not lowered I'm guessing KYB GR2's (aka KYB Excels) would be fine. They are a high quality OE replacement shock.
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I guess I should have clarified... Not only is this a daily driver, but the car is used all day long for work. I am not going to lower the car as I scrape and bottom out on some of the dirt roads.

Geezer you had mentioned the Bilsteins a while back. You said they gave your car a small lift. That, combined with additional pressure they hold, seemed perfect - except for the price.

As this job I have is beating the crap out of this little car, I try to upgrade any part with something better than the original. I cant seem to find anything other than the Bilsteins to replace them with - that arent for lowered cars.
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There's no question the Bilstein's are a very good damper and you pay for that quality. Yes, the high pressure design of the Bilstein monotube tends to raise a car a little at rest. It pretty much goes away once you sit in it (at least on my Miata it does). I understand most of us have to work within a budget (me included) and yes the Bilsteins have gotten pricey. My damper of choice for a daily driver is the KYB GR2 I previously mentioned (just put a set on my Mazda6). It really is a good shock and much better than most OEM equipment (I say most because many cars come with KYB's as original equipment now a days). Another option might be the Koni Strt. This is Koni's equivalent to the GR2 but may even be more versatile as it can also handle modest drops if needed which the GR2 can't. A somewhat outside the box idea would be to use SVT dampers with your stock springs. You'll need the Omni kit from Massive to make the front struts fit but in the end you'll still be under 300.00 for everything.
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I guess I should have clarified... Not only is this a daily driver, but the car is used all day long for work. I am not going to lower the car as I scrape and bottom out on some of the dirt roads.

Geezer you had mentioned the Bilsteins a while back. You said they gave your car a small lift. That, combined with additional pressure they hold, seemed perfect - except for the price.

As this job I have is beating the crap out of this little car, I try to upgrade any part with something better than the original. I cant seem to find anything other than the Bilsteins to replace them with - that arent for lowered cars.
You're kinda limited. Bilstein HD IMO are the best bang for the buck and you get what you pay for. Aftermarket replacement on our cars don't pass my standards, which are low I have FRPP suspension and love it. You may just want to look at stock replacement and maybe adding a spacer to give you a little extra lift. Look around, someone found a kit to "lift" his sedan. Can't remember his name at this moment.....
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What mileage do you think they are needed ? 65k ?
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If your'e running around on dirt roads I would highly recommend buying as cheap as possible. Even high quailty shocks are going to get ruined on bad roads.

I think it would be better to buy cheap or OE replacement for the next 65k miles than to buy some overpriced equipment that won't last any longer and will probably ruin the ride quality.
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St12131 had the lift put on his car. I was following his work. I might possibly do that also, but I need new struts and didnt want to put average ones back on... I just cant afford the $800 for a new set
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mac - thats a good point
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