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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 09:08 AM
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Now that it's time to do the suspension in my 95 SS (124,xxx), i went looking for options and found that the deCarbon shocks are no longer available?!?!? Which shock if any performs the same or just like the originals? If I have to go with a slightly stiffer shock, ok, but i would like to retain the same ride.
For some background on my suspension, its all stock (i'm assuming) with Hotchkis sway bars and the Hotchkis LCA's are going to be installed when the shocks and springs are installed. Now...I have a set of Eibach springs and Tokieko shocks but i've decided to NOT go with that set up because it's probably going to be to hard of a ride. I can live with the 1" -1.5" drop the springs give me, but don't want the hard ride. I plan on going with stock springs but with which shocks? Thanks for any thoughts.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 10:12 AM
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They go in this order:
1) Hal Qa1's (sp?) - The best, adjustable but expensive. Many use them for the drag strip. About $500?
2) Bilsteins 1104/0929's - a little stiffer than stock, but will last a lot longer than practically everything. About $280 shipped
3)Monroe Severe Service shocks - Not sure on cost, but are getting some good reviews. I'm sure someone will chime in on these.
4) Everything else!

If you are going to install the Hotchkis Sway Bars and Lca's you will notice it firms up the ride some. It isnt jarring, but feels sporty. If you want a 1"-1.5" drop, stay with Hotchkis. Their products compliment each other very well.
Do a search with Eibach's and you will find many do not like them.

As for those DeCarbons, pop them on Ebay. There are people who will buy them as is! I got $80 for mine with the starting bid at $10.

Good luck. You will find everything you need (+ more) on your topic with the seach function!
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 10:53 AM
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2) Bilsteins 1104/0929's - a little stiffer than stock, but will last a lot longer than practically everything. About $280 shipped
I have these and love them. I would suggest them for you since you dont road race or auto-x, dont get the Hals, way to much money. Dont get another shock either, they will wear out fast. I had KYB's less than 10,000 I could tell they were getting soft.

Get the Bilsteins.
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 11:07 AM
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2) Bilsteins 1104/0929's - a little stiffer than stock, but will last a lot longer than practically everything. About $280 shipped
I have them and wish they were just a bit stiffer, perhaps it's time to replace the body bushings.
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 11:13 AM
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</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr /> 2) Bilsteins 1104/0929's - a little stiffer than stock, but will last a lot longer than practically everything. About $280 shipped
I have them and wish they were just a bit stiffer, perhaps it's time to replace the body bushings. </font>[/QUOTE]Or look into the sway bar/lca package. Does firm up the ride and practically eliminates body roll. Its a whole different car!
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 12:42 PM
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FYI Todd : even when the deCarbons WERE available, they weren't cheap. If I remember right, the Dal pricing on them was around $120 per shock!

As others have said, you can get better shocks for less money or even the HAL adjustables for about the same money as the deCarbons would have cost you!
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 01:17 PM
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Wow...Thanks for all the great info. I guess I will be going with the Bilsteins 1104/0929's. Thanks for all the help.

Any suggestions on where to find the best $ on those shocks. Thanks again.
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 01:18 PM
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I think they are basically the same price range all over. Try shox.com for a starting point. I bought mine through them.
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