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rear shocks

as you can see from my sig line, i have an '83 944. i believe the rear shocks are shot. they were put on by the previous owner and appear to be cheap replacements. any ideas what i should replace them with and what will fit?
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I used the KYB Gas Shocks

I have to say, for the 50 bucks I paid for them (KYB Shocks), they are great and you can adjust the stiffness.

You said "stiffness".

As far as removal / installation, this was definately the easist thing I have done on this car. The sunroof gear was an hour longer to do.

Do you have car stands? I wouldn't do this without them.

1) Put her on the stands, take off the tires.
2) Place the jack right under the shock, just enough pressure to make contact with the jack. Remove the bottom bolt. You'll need a wrench to "hold" the head of the bolt.
3) Let the jack down (from the shock) and allow the shock to fully open.
4) remove the top bolt (in the wheelwell above the brake assembly)

Now for my favorite line of all: Installation is the reverse of removal.

When you put on the new one, put on the top bolt 95% tight, using your jack, apply force until the hole in the bottom of the shock lines up with the brace, and install.

Good luck and if your shocks are bad, it is SOOOO much better.

That's it.

DONT: remove the bolt without having the jack there, it will put lots of pressure on the bolt and strip it. (Learn from my mistake).
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uh, huhuh, you said stiffness...

thanks for the info. per previous post, i am pretty sure they are bad.... back end literally bounces when i hit even minor bumps in the road. on smooth roads, it still drives great and corners well, thus my thinking it is just shocks.
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p.s. where did you get your KYB's?
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I got them from a friend of a friend kind of thing, but you can get yours online at a bunch of places.

Search yahoo with just this word: KG4529

I found them for 32 dollars here (clearance too) CLICKME

To be certain that they are bad (which I am betting they are), do the drop-knee test. Stand next to the car, plac your knee on one side of the end of the bumper. Drop your body weight onto the bumper through your knee and release. If the car bounces MORE than 1 and 1/2 times, you need to replace. Do it to a car with good shocks and then you will totally understand what I mean.

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thanks!!! did you say these are adjustable? how so?
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i dunno... is KYB a trustworthy brand? Are they kosher on the level of Bilstein or Koni?
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i just talked to another friend at work. he had heard of them and said they were very good. according to him, at 100,000 miles they still have 95% of their original effectiveness. for $65 i'll try them and let everyone know.
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I have the Bilstein HDs and I think they are great...no complaints so far...
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so...

after looking under my car, i discovered that the rear shocks were KYB's already. i made an executive decision and bought Boge shocks instead (from pelicanparts, of course). they arrived yesterday, after which i promptly installed them. (thanks for the great posts describing this operation!)

this is what i found: drivers side shock was completely blown. in fact, the bottom base part of it was split open. when i say blown, i mean i could compress the thing completely, with zero effort. the passenger side shock was very weak, but not as bad as the other. i am very glad i got the boges.

anyway, suspension problems seem to be solved and the car handles like a porsche should.
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I have the Bilstein HDs and I think they are great...no complaints so far...
ditto
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I'd go with OEM Boge gas shocks (originals were probably oil but replacements are now low pressure gas and oil). Only problem, gas shocks will raise your car about an inch, and this is bad for handling. The good news, is the 944 has a built in system for adjusting the rear height.

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the previous owner on my car put new boge shocks in the rear, and the car sits up a tad higher than before. I have to go out and measure it and take it to a shop to have it adjusted correctly. I want to do Bilsteins all around..I used to to them on VWs and BMWs and they ride like a champ...
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my car seems to ride just right with its new boges.
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