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Monthly Archive for December, 2016

How can I tell if I have Nivomat shocks?

Nivomat suspension units have been used for more than 30 years on a variety of domestic and foreign vehicles, including Volvo, Ford, Opel, Saab, GM, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Rover, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Kia and others. The Nivomat self-leveling shock has a lightweight coil spring and gradually, over a mile or two, self-adjusts to normal ride height […]

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GM trucks and SUVs have Service Parts Identification Label sticker inside the glove box. This label will have your VIN, Wheel Base, Model designation and a list of 3-digit/character RPOs (Regular Production Options). If you see code “Z55” on the label, you have Autoride electronic suspension. Thanks to our friends at Arnott Industries for sharing this.

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Almost every week someone asks us about the “upside-down” mounting of Bilstein shocks on Ford vehicles. And yes, it’s true, they mount boot-side-down. Bilstein engineers added small holes to drain condensation from the boot side; in most cases they will only mount one way anyway, but if it looks weird to you, you are not […]

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When You Unpack Your Shocks

Sometimes, one shock may be more extended than the other. This is normal. See our August 18 blog post Koni STR.T is Fine for more information. The strap, if included, is purely for shipping purposes and has no function during shock installation. Some new shocks may show a small amount of oil in the seal […]

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In the first place, a lot depends on what you want. Shock absorbers or struts can cost anywhere from $40-$400 EACH, depending on the make and model of your vehicle and what you are looking for in terms of performance. If you need this question answered because you are facing your first replacement on a […]

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