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Shock absorbers - std replacement?
« on: 10 June 2018, 15:17:52 »

Hi what shocks / dampers are recommended as an oe replacement? The car feels quite floaty and leans a lot in corners.
I don't want anything 'sporty' just the regular 2.6 cdx estate stuff.
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Re: Shock absorbers - std replacement?
« Reply #1 on: 10 June 2018, 15:34:29 »

Sachs from All German on the front are original equipment and sensibly priced. You should seriously consider new strut top-mounts and bearings while you're at it.


If your car doesn't have self-levelling(it was an option), then anything that's listed for the rear will be good enough. Self-levelling rear shocks are only available from Vauxhall, and are expensive.
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Re: Shock absorbers - std replacement?
« Reply #2 on: 10 June 2018, 17:08:22 »

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Re: Shock absorbers - std replacement?
« Reply #3 on: 10 June 2018, 18:19:32 »

That control arms kit is so much for the money! I'll look into that thank you.
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Re: Shock absorbers - std replacement?
« Reply #4 on: 10 June 2018, 20:44:54 »

+1 for the ATP kit, that's what I've run for the last 25k. One tierod went pop 2 MoTs ago, all others perfectly fine, so no great issue there.

B4s get my vote for shocks, however Sachs perfectly sound, of course.
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Re: Shock absorbers - std replacement?
« Reply #5 on: 11 June 2018, 13:04:40 »

I personally wouldn't fit any of the ATP stuff. I think its false economy, when the majority of the cost is in the alignment afterwards.

I personally prefer Bilstein B4 as an aftermarket shock, based purely on longevity. My next choice would be Sach/ZF.  Both give same ride, in my personal experience, the Bilstein last better.

The Omega will always be soft. Its an exec saloon, and a proper, comfortable mile cruncher.  To stiffen it sligghtly without completely balling up its handling, lower the front by 30mm on Irmscher or Eibach springs and the rear by 15mm (max) by using genuine Lowered Sports Chassis springs.  It will still lean in the bends though.
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Re: Shock absorbers - std replacement?
« Reply #6 on: 11 June 2018, 13:56:33 »

No point doing shocks and springs with the wishbone...

That kit is easily the cheapest way to do it, even if you rebush and change the ball joints before fitting.

Howevever you dice it up, it isn't a cheap process...

Shocks 2-300
Springs 200
Rear track Rods 100+
Rear donuts 40
Wishbones, drop links and track Rods 70
Top mounts 40
Alignment 100

Plus tyres if the previous wear is uneven.

And another 200 to poly bush both ends.

And if you can't do it yourself, add another 2-300.

We will agree to disagree re Bilstein shocks... The Sachs ones are genuinely OE and include the correct fittings, which for the money, you would have thought Bilstein would be able to manage  :-X
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Re: Shock absorbers - std replacement?
« Reply #7 on: 11 June 2018, 14:36:20 »

We will agree to disagree re Bilstein shocks... The Sachs ones are genuinely OE and include the correct fittings, which for the money, you would have thought Bilstein would be able to manage  :-X
What ZF sell to GM is definitely different to what they sell to EuroShite ;).  But, as said, would be my second choice :y.  No issues at all with the fittings supplied with the B4s Gixer and I recently fitted to TBE.  That said, with them off and on closer inspection, there wasn't much wrong with the old B4s that came off, even after 120+k on the silver bullet and 20+k on TBE.
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