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Old 11-14-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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Which Struts/Shocks For My Car?

I've got an '04 Mazda 3 hatch, 93K miles, and definitely due for shocks.

Had previous cars with Konis, another with adjustable Tokico Illuminas, but this time just looking for original equipment type.

Thinking maybe KYB's? Priced them locally for a little under $400 for a set of 4.

Anybody have any ideas or recommendations?
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:12 AM   #2
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My vote; K Y B

I've had KYBs on a couple different cars. I think they are the best dollar value. Both were the "Gas Adjust" model. No issues.
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:46 PM   #3
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KYBs are OEM for many Japanese makes. Good stuff!
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:44 AM   #4
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I put KYB shocks on my Miata almost 7 years ago and they are still performing well.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:04 AM   #5
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KYB GR-2's if they still make them. Non-adjustable, but just fine for daily drivers.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:27 AM   #6
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I put some KYB's on the back of my Element a few months ago. Borrowed spring compressors, no alignment needed. Probably took me a good 4 hours total time, I have previous auto repair experience.

FYI on parts purchase. I shop online a lot at Advance Auto parts website. Log in/create an account for email specials. I typically get a 20% off email, and see a 20% off web bought parts banner when shopping. Research and buy online, pick up at your local store. Saves me quite a bit of cash.

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Old 11-18-2012, 11:28 AM   #7
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+1 on the KYB GR-2. Good strut for the money. Check out Rock Auto (rockauto.com). Front struts are around $86 ea. Rear are $39 ea. Quick shipping, easy to use website.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:18 PM   #8
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kyb (blue body) on a beater civic 200k miles ago still seems ok.....
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:43 PM   #9
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I have had Bilstein HD's on my '01 Jetta for 400,000 miles. They pound like a fricken jackhammer on cracked/broken/seemed pavement. They are fairly durable, 200,000 before replacements, but they are harsh as shit. I tried the Bilstein T/C's, bagged out in 80K. A much more compliant ride though.
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