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Old 04-27-2009, 11:46 PM   #1
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aftermarket shocks/struts

i have a question for the suspension gurus. how long do aftermarket shocks/struts last? i have the Saleen (Eibach Pro-kit) suspension. i was looking at Eibach's website and they guarantee their shocks for a 1,000,000 miles. i was thinking that's pretty crazy that a shock can last that long.


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Old 04-28-2009, 07:06 AM   #2
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Maybe that is a limited warranty for covering manufacturing defects, not including normal wear and tear?
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Eibach's warranty is horrible though. I know people that have had horrible experience with their customer service.
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Its possible a shock could retain "some" damping ability for a million miles but it wouldn't be much. Besides they're gambling that 1) they can prove some kind of abuse linked to a failure and 2) you no longer have proof of purchase from an authorized retail dealer. A shock gradually loses its damping ability, they rarely just completely fail (when they do abuse is usually the culprit). Once a shock loses about 50% of its damping ability (roughly equates to about 50 to 60K miles of normal use for an average shock) its no longer effective and needs replacing anyway. Here's were the manufacturer can talk out of both sides of their face. Yes it should be replaced as it is getting worn out but no we're not going to cover it by warranty because it is still working....albeit barely.
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Well, I have/had Koni adjustables with a "lifetime" warranty and they have been replaced by me 3 times. Their warranty policies are like dealing with medical policies...Stay away. Go coilovers.
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KYB GR-2's are great. they are designed 30% stiffer to compensate for worn bushings. It WILL ride better than new. I have them on the rear of my car. waiting for the fronts.

put them all around a 90's exploder and the difference was summer and winter
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KYB GR-2's are great. they are designed 30% stiffer to compensate for worn bushings. It WILL ride better than new. I have them on the rear of my car. waiting for the fronts.

put them all around a 90's exploder and the difference was summer and winter
Gr's are a great OEM replacement. Sure would be nice if they would make a little shorter one that could be used with modest lowering. Kinda like a non-adjustable AGX at a GR2 price.
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that settles it then. ill replace my shocks once I get 60K miles on them. should the springs be changed as well or are those good to go?
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Springs should be good for ever...especially Eibachs.
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That's just one thing that you never really hear is that the springs had given out on someone. Granted I am sure that there is someone on here that works in a body shop or something that has tales or has heard about the springs going out etc...I personally have been around racing and cars almost my whole life and not once have I heard about a spring going out. So as for the question of changing the springs? No, unless you are wanting to go with a much lower stance or raising it I wouldn't bother with the springs although it is a good idea to just pull them out and visually inspect them for any unusual bends or wear. Good luck in what you choose.
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