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Shock Absorbers

Dear All,
I think the time to replace the stock shock absorbers is closer than ever.
My B has 81.000km (~51.000 miles) and still sits on the stocks it came out of Maggiora.
The question now is..
What do you recommend as a replacement? (Doc, no coilovers!!!)

Just as a kick start let me tell you that the prices here in Greece are something like this:

4x FIAT OEM 480euros
4x Bilstein B6 Sport 510euros
4x Sachs 290euros
4x Koni sport 600euros

Anything at all on this will help a lot! If any of you have any of the above, a comparison to the OEM is welcome!!

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Dear All,
I think the time to replace the stock shock absorbers is closer than ever.
My B has 81.000km (~51.000 miles) and still sits on the stocks it came out of Maggiora.
The question now is..
What do you recommend as a replacement? (Doc, no coilovers!!!)

Just as a kick start let me tell you that the prices here in Greece are something like this:

4x FIAT OEM 480euros
4x Bilstein B6 Sport 510euros
4x Sachs 290euros
4x Koni sport 600euros

Anything at all on this will help a lot! If any of you have any of the above, a comparison to the OEM is welcome!!

LRB is also still running on stocks but I will probably go for Bilsteins as I have fitted these to cars in the past and always been happy with them. I had adjustable Koni's on a BMW and never actually managed to the the balance between ride and handling to my satisfaction............ just my £0.02 worth....
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Re: Shock Absorbers

Replacment OEM shocks and some lower high end springs.
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Re: Shock Absorbers

I've just fitted the Bilsteins along with Eibach springs. The back ones were fairly easy (once I worked out how to use the spring clamps and found a way to get my socket in the right place), but I came unstuck with the fronts as I couldn't get some of the bolts undone, despite WD40, other oils and finally a blow torch. It's now booked into a garage for Friday to finish the job.

Anyway, once that's done I can tell you if they're any good :-) What's difficult of course is to compare with what others have done. I made my choice based on several write ups on the web and a couple of recommendations, but none of them were for Barchettas so we'll see!
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If you are talking about the bolts that join the bottom of the shock to the hub, then the only way I found to get them off is to hacksaw through the nuts.

Best of luck.

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If you are talking about the bolts that join the bottom of the shock to the hub, then the only way I found to get them off is to hacksaw through the nuts.

Best of luck.

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Given the day I have just had I think this statement fairly much covers all rusted bolts on the b!!!!
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Re: Shock Absorbers

What you want is a B with no rusty bolts, but the problem is the only way you can have one is by replacing all the rusty bolts yourself. Its a chicken and egg kind of problem.

Feels like this

Spent a few hours drilling out a single bolt on my drivers side wishbone a few weeks ago.
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Spent a few hours drilling out a single bolt on my drivers side wishbone a few weeks ago
And you didnt find it therapeutic??
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Nope not one bit. Rusty bolts snap in two seconds or only come off just as you are about to give up for good.
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Re: Shock Absorbers

I was looking round ebay.de when I found these for sale. I have these on my B but I paid a load more . Could be a bit of a bargin for someone looking to upgrade the front shocks.

Click ebay.de link



(Ebay link will brake at some point)

Ps I dont know this person so cant vouch or guarantee him/her.
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I'm putting my feedback on the shocks and springs under " Best replacement springs? " as that's where I started the job, so feel free to have a look if you're interested!
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Re: Shock Absorbers

Well, after waiting and waiting I have decided that the time has come to change the shock absorbers. MOT is due 15/01/2008 so cant wait any longer
I had my current shocks measured and they scored :
FL: 63% FR: 67%
RL: 36% RR: 36%

I have put an order in for a set of 4x Koni Sport (yellow) for 715 Euros fitting included.
Any points I should be worried about when I take the car in?
I ll be right next to the people fitting them, but should I pay special attention to something while they are touching my baby?

Pics and impressions will follow when its all over as usually..

I m also considering to combine the Konis' with a set of EIBACH PRO-KIT springs for an additional 200EUR but 30mm lower probably will mean scrapping the bottom quite often so I m still undecided...
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Re: Shock Absorbers

Mine's been lowered 40/40mm and I've only slightly scraped it twice - so go ahead and lower it
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Re: Shock Absorbers

Yeah but the asphalt quality here in Greece is just

Lots and lots of traps and bumps..
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It's the same in Norway
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