Got Some Sport Bilsteins today. AJUSA.com hooked it up with a 10% discount. Will be putting this on soon. Will post pix up after done.
Excellent shock. Excellent choice.
I don't buy this argument. Have a look at your old shocks and tell me they don't take a beating under there. There's **** flying all over the place under there, the shocks are getting hammered, and it shows.You don't need dust boots unless you live in a VERY dusty area; sandstorm levels of dust. Modern shocks have advanced seals around the shock shaft to protect it. Notice AFCO/Xida don't have dust boots.
The shock deals with fine dirt, water, and a mixture of the two. Yes, the boots protect, but not that much. If you want the shocks to live a long life, avoid rough roads. 10,000 miles of potholes are much worse than dusty water. The shafts on my 89,000 mile stock shocks gleamed. The boots were destroyed, and the car lived in salty Columbus.I don't buy this argument. Have a look at your old shocks and tell me they don't take a beating under there. There's **** flying all over the place under there, the shocks are getting hammered, and it shows.
Sure the seals are good, and durable, but they're not magic. I look at them as a second line of defense, and they should never have to deal with the coarser rocks and grit. And why wouldn't you fork over a twenty to give the shocks every chance possible to never require replacement while you own the car. If you need any more reasons than those, the Bilstein blue dust covers look good.
You mean like these?If you want the shocks to live a long life, avoid rough roads.
Higher price does not dictate whether or not a shock should come with a dust boot. $2700 worth of Ohlins will get you dust boots. Every Tein from $700 to $2000 will get you dust boots (according to pictures/prices on 949's site). Its cheap protection that will let the OP (or anyone) have a better chance at getting the shocks rebuilt when he wants to as opposed to when the shaft gets damaged, which I'd imagine a damaged shaft will also increase the price of a rebuild as well..Again, you shell out $2k for Afcos, and you don't get dust boots. .............................. If they do somehow have a shorter life, that means the OP can send them out for a rebuild sooner, and run some serious springs.
Valve failure and internal damage is what actually kills shocks. Those shock shafts aren't made of cardboard. :dunno:The primary killer of shocks isn't seal wear, it's nicks and dings on the shaft. The seals don't protect the shafts; only the boots do. Have a rock ding your shaft, and your shock will leak. OTS Bilsteins are among the best shocks available anywhere at any price. Me, I spend the $20 and smile every time I look under the car.