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Old 06-28-2012, 02:59 PM   #1
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First gen struts and shocks question

OK, I have heard two completely conflicting stories on this topic so will ask the experts here!.. Is there a difference in the length or operating length between a stock strut and shock, and an aftermarket shock strut? I ask because everywhere I look there is NO spec on operating length or a section or spec on the amount of drop you have!

I have never seen it listed anywhere that a type of aftermarket shock or strut is for an application say for a 1in drop or a 1.5in drop...so is there a difference or will stock shocks work fine on a 1~1.5in drop?


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you need storter, stiffer shocks when you lower your car.

Koni STR.T, Koni yellows, KYB AGX, Blisten.... ect

for 1-1.5" probably best to go with the FRPP kit that i think is made by KW... im not sure if they still make it, for some reason i remember reading somewhere they stopped making them but im not sure.
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you need storter, stiffer shocks when you lower your car.

Koni STR.T, Koni yellows, KYB AGX, Blisten.... ect

for 1-1.5" probably best to go with the FRPP kit that i think is made by KW... im not sure if they still make it, for some reason i remember reading somewhere they stopped making them but im not sure.
Is there a link that shows the shocks mentioned are shorter than stock?
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let me explain why I ask, When I did my conversion on my BMW Bavaria, and another 535i I had, the Bilstein Sports I got in the jkit WITH the springs that dropped the car almost 2.5inches, were identical in length to the stock shocks and struts, and yes, they were stiffer, but were the same length. The Sport rears had 4 or 5 positions for the sprng perch on the height but in the position where they looked good with the front height, they were about like a stock height shock. They worked and the ones on the 535 are still excellent after 30K miles. I also did a spring only on one of my 2002s and the stock struts and shocks were fine for years. It dropped about 2in too.
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