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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-16-2011, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Need New Shocks and Struts

I need new socks and struts for my car and was wondering if the SS ones would improve handlign any by themselves or if I needed to get the springs as well?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-16-2011, 04:41 PM
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just the shock and struts would definately improve handling, and it would be even better with the springs. if you have a bunch of money to throw down get the fe5 and pedders package from this site, its 600 bucks.
Cobalt FE5 Struts and Shock with Pedder Spring Pkg TCSS - Crate Engine Depot
pedders springs are the best aftermarket spring for handling

or just get the struts at this link for 290
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aftermarket lowering springs can be found for 120, and can also improve handling, just not as much as pedders who pretty much destroy the competition.
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i got fe5 with dropzones. handling is much better, but that's also because i put in an SS sway bar with moog endlinks also.

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I wish there was more of a drop on the pedders :(

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Is anyone running the KYB Struts/Dampers? I saw them on Tire Rack for a little over $200 for the complete set.
I have Koni Sports on my Mazda and LOVE them, but I am thinking about going with these or the SS/TCs for the Cobalt because they are $2-300 less.

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Kyb aren't bad but they are not really performance parts
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Kyb aren't bad but they are not really performance parts
Lol I wanted t say this but I couldn't think of how to say it...

The only thing I could come up with was "omg they are teh suk!". But I didn't feel that would be very constructive.

But on the real kyb are basically stock (FE1) repacements. Like drumrush says, they are a decent product for what the are, but don't expect an upgrade.

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The ss/tc shocks and struts (FE5) are a huge upgrade to your everyday base model shocks. I've even heard people say they are a step above koni yellow shocks! Honestly I can't personally vouch for this. I ride on koni yellows but I've never had the chance to drive a car set up with FE5 suspension

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Thanks, guys! Seems like both are nice options for less than OE shock cost. Can anyone give an idea as to how their ss/tc shocks or KYBs have been holding up longevity wise? It would be nice to have a smoother ride and less body roll, but I don't want to get the FE5s if they are going to blow out quick like my crappy oem Ms3 shocks did.

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they are not going to blow out as long as you don't go insane on potholes all the time. they're built for performance. the FE5 IMO are probably just as good as the koni yellows, but the fe5's aren't as much of a PITA to replace, also much cheaper

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The FE5's will last a lot longer than the kyb's. Like bankerbalt said the FE5 shocks were tuned for performance driving. KYB shocks are just your base model shocks pretty much. Not an upgrade whatsoever.

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