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Old 09-16-14, 12:05 PM   #16
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Awesome write up! Thanks for taking the time to do this.
How did you feel about the ride before and after?

I need to just rebuild my entire suspension, I have around 145k miles and I plan on keeping the car for a while longer. I might as well just replace most of the other things while I'm in there. It's just hard to find a weekend to set aside and do it.
Thanks for the kind words. The car had 105K miles when I replaced the shocks - they were the originals that came with the car. With the old shocks, the front of the car dipped noticeably when I slam on the brake. The new shocks fixed that problem. I also noticed improvement on the steering wheel vibrations. I think the old shocks definitely had more "play" which allow the tires to have the mini-bounce off of the road surface (vibration). BTW, the car was never bouncy even with the old shocks.
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Any ideas on the best shock/struts to look at and where? I saw some Bilstein's and was interested.

I used to put the best monroe struts on my vehicles and I'd like to know if there's something better.

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Any ideas on the best shock/struts to look at and where? I saw some Bilstein's and was interested.

I used to put the best monroe struts on my vehicles and I'd like to know if there's something better.

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If you want stock ride, kyb is the oem manufacturer made in japan. Kyb gr2
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Thanks Doodoo..
I found the GR2's, now labeled Excel-G. They run about $100 on the site I'm looking at.

I have 155K on my 430. I wonder if I even need to change the coils or just do the struts? I didn't find any packages that were springs with the KYB strut together. My ride is rather bouncy and I need to do something asap. What about the mounts?

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Iif you want a stock ride get stock struts. Buy them from Sewells and with the club discount they are less expensive than Monroes, etc. Although right now I f you do want aftermarket till the end of October monroe is running a buy 4 get a rebate for the cost of one. (4 for the price of 3). They are about $100 each at rockauro.com. I really like the stock ride. My car has about 189,000 on it and although none are leaking, they need to be replaced. The dampening is not very good any more.

Has anyone used monroes on their LS430? If so is the ride like OEM? If so I can save about $200 over OEM struts with the rebate.
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Iif you want a stock ride get stock struts. Buy them from Sewells and with the club discount they are less expensive than Monroes, etc. Although right now I f you do want aftermarket till the end of October monroe is running a buy 4 get a rebate for the cost of one. (4 for the price of 3). They are about $100 each at rockauro.com. I really like the stock ride. My car has about 189,000 on it and although none are leaking, they need to be replaced. The dampening is not very good any more.

Has anyone used monroes on their LS430? If so is the ride like OEM? If so I can save about $200 over OEM struts with the rebate.
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