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 Post subject: AU rear shocks with IRS. Which brand to buy?
Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:30 pm 
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Hey all

As title suggests, I'm about to lower my mont and am trying to figure out a good brand that won't break the bank.

Can anyone suggest some good brands? I know of a few but not really about the quality of them.




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 Post subject: Re: AU rear shocks with IRS. Which brand to buy?
Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:29 am 
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If you going to use low spring then go for KYB but if your going lower than LOW spring then go for Koni or Bilstein shock



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 Post subject: Re: AU rear shocks with IRS. Which brand to buy?
Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:16 pm 
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I personally prefer KYB to anything with Monroe or Pedders branding - but Bilstein is by far the best you can use - and economics wise, my Bilsteins are still going strong after more than 10 years in the car.

I tried both Koni Reds and Yellows and didn't like either of them - they make for nice ride but don't compare to Bilstein for true handling - and one of the yellows s**t itself within a couple thousand km and the dealer wouldn't help replace it. "You must have used it wrongly" - yeah I really did - by fitting it to my car and actually driving the f&^%en thing!! Damned things didn't even work well as door stops - because of the leaking oil...

Another type of shock that I found handled as well as if not actually slightly better than Bilsteins was Gabriel VST (were extremely cheap too! ) - but they only lasted 5000km or so. Having already tried various monroes, pedders, konis and finally KYB's - the Gabriels were like gifts from God as far as handling went - so even tho they crapped out quickly I was about to just buy three sets of them at a time and put up with changing them every few months but decided to try Bilsteins first - which came so close to the Gabriels that I was happy - and like I say, still going good after 10+ years. I note that Brendan Mock used Gabriels of some sort on his EF...

I have heard that either the Gabriel VST's have been improved - or there's another type of Gabriel available now that lasts better. VST stands for Velocity Sensing Technology - ie. variable internal valving - Bilstein uses virtually the same thing (and it's not the same cra p slots in the cylinder nonsense that Monroe uses in their Sensapoo or whatever it is).

Gabriel VST used to be REAL cheap! So as a way of sampling what you can expect from Bilsteins, you could try Gabriels. I don't know if they come in a version suitable for super low tho.

That variable valving when it's done right like Gabriel VST's or Bilsteins - is almost like active suspension - marvellous result - for example going round a curve at high speed, the outside shocks will firm up but the inside stay softer - so the car acts and feels like there's more camber on the road than there really is. Konis will just suck down onto the road and then at a random point will tend to tip the wrong way - making the road feel like it has LESS camber than it actually does - not to mention instantaneously changing the whole balance of the vehicle - which is f*&^ing dangerous and terrifying!!!



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