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What is so special or unique or featured that makes the rear shock absorbers so expensive? Factoring standard or sport or fwd or awd or discount codes, they're anything from £85 to £120 each for what looks like a standard shock absorber?

Whilst potentially replacing, what is the difference between sport and standard? ride height (springs)? shock stiffness?
 

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IMHO, Bilstein and Sachs shocks are expensive for different reasons. Bilstein is because they're simply the BEST. As for Sachs, they are rare and were OEM on some European models from last couple of decades.
 

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IMHO, Bilstein and Sachs shocks are expensive for different reasons. Bilstein is because they're simply the BEST. As for Sachs, they are rare and were OEM on some European models from last couple of decades.
Hmmm, my n/s Bilstein strut collapsed on my vehicle's 13th year! My McPherson struts manufactured by Armstrong Oilers of York which are fitted to my Triumphs are now 41 years old and still o.k. corrosion wise (could do with a refurbishment with new inserts and springs now).
So, are they the best?

Kev
 

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Your shock more than likely failed because of the worn components around it e.g., failing Strut Mounts and/or worn Bellows and Stops exposing the assembly to the elements
 

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They are "Expensive" because they come with the mounts, and much better built than standard shockers with more ability to keep working for longer. You will notice the difference straight away... And to be honest they aren't really that expensive in real terms.
 

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They are "Expensive" because they come with the mounts, and much better built than standard shockers with more ability to keep working for longer. You will notice the difference straight away... And to be honest they aren't really that expensive in real terms.
I've just been quoted £240 to replace rear shocks and another 240 to do trailing arm bushes. Not sure what brand shocks hes going to use but it is a Jag specialist so I would expect decent ones. Any views on the price offered. Includes vat.
 

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I paid £90 each for genuine Bilstein and fitted them myself, so I guess £240 fitted isn't too bad as long as they are a decent brand.
 

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Corrosion is a natural process, which converts a refined metal to a more chemically-stable form, such as its oxide, hydroxide, or sulfide. It is the gradual destruction of materials (usually metals) by chemical and/or electrochemical reaction with their environment.

Corrosion is the deterioration of a metal as a result of chemical reactions between it and the surrounding environment.

 

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The originals were Bilstein, I think.
 

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Yes they were.
 

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And Monotube as well IIRC. I've changed the shocks on all my cars just about now. It seems a bit daft to me that people will gladly change their tyres but won't "service" the parts that keep them in contact with the ground. Doesn't matter how good the tyres are, if they are bouncing down the road instead of following it, they are compromised.
 

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I couldn't agree with you more Lost it! If the steering geometry is out of tolerance and the supporting components worn, putting on a new set of tires is just a waste of money.
 

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I paid £90 each for genuine Bilstein and fitted them myself, so I guess £240 fitted isn't too bad as long as they are a decent brand.
Hi Billy

I'm looking at replacing mine in the very near future. Where did you get yours from? I'm finding it hard to get near £90 for Bilstein

Cheers

Chris
 

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