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Shock absorbers , Front and rear

Discussion in 'Steering, brakes & Suspension' started by Klaus Schroeder, Sep 1, 2021.

  1. Klaus Schroeder

    Klaus Schroeder Member

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    Hi All, Can anybody recommend a good brand of shock absorbers to purchase, front and rear. Not really looking for most expensive but not cheap either. Also is it an easy job to do at home with the car jack ? I am assuming the thuds that I hear going over speed humps and pot holes etc means to replace the shockers. Along the freeway quiet as a mouse Cheers Klaus
     
  2. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Koni Reds, if you can get them, or Bilstein.

    Sachs is also a good brand
    KYB and Boge are good as well

    Stay away from Cofap, Empi or other “specials”

    Can it be done at home?
    Depends how big a breaker bar you have.
     
  3. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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  4. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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  5. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Thuds could also be shot bump stops…….check them first !
    They are a lot cheaper and easier to replace than shocks……
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  6. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Agree.
    Check all suspension parts first.
    Especially ball joints.
    If front is low you may have a broken spring.
    If boge go the heavy duty.
    Koni gives nice but controlled ride.
    Bilstein B6 more controll in both compression and rebound.
    Really stiffen it up but still not harsh.
    Kyb too harsh and don't last.

    Gaz , big range of adjustment in both directions.

    Compare prices from different sources.
     
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  7. Doob

    Doob Member

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    I have recently restored a 1971 transporter/campmobile. Based on recommendations from a VW mechanic I used Sachs 701 131 on the front and Sacks 793 031 on the rear.
    I think it was previously fitted with Fichtel Sachs VW 211 413 031 on the front and Fichtel Sachs VW 211 513 031 on the rear.
    But as stated above, check out the other suspension components for the 'thuds'.
     

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