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Best Rear Shock Brand

My rear shocks show some oil residue and road grime on them so it's probably time to replace them. I have a 2005 base coupe 2.2L and was wondering what the best brand is for ride comfort and durability.
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Stock would be your best choice for comfort and quality. (FE1s) but it you want handling get FE5s or Koni's
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Rockauto is cheapest. It has the suspension codes available on the site

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Probably a good idea to do both front and back shocks/struts at the same time. Lowering springs might be nice too if the money is there.

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You just have to do both sides if you do replace shocks. No need for struts if they are still working correctly : )
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There's nothing else needed for it is there ? No bearings or anything ? What size sockets?


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FE1 is the best for ride but Koni's by far the best for handling with FE5 being a step down from the Koni's.

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If your just doing shocks its two bolts each side. Forgot the socket sizes u will need.
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If you routinely do any kind of enthusiastic driving, I'd highly suggest skipping the FE1 stuff and move straight up to FE5. The ride is a bit firmer, but so will the handling dynamics of your car be. To me, a stable car is better than a comfortable car.

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