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    Suspension refresh, which shocks/struts?

    I know there are countless threads on the best suspension replacements, but I wanted to hear what everyone thinks the best options are. I have replaced the bushings with polyurethane so I should be set there. I have noticed that my tires seem to wander on the interstate and when going over bumps. At 130k miles, I think it's time for shocks/struts. I really liked the oem suspension on this car and my immediate thought was to replace with the oem parts. I don't have a huge desire to lower any, but if there is a better option that lowers the car a little I would probably like it. I want to keep the original springs in the car for cost reasons, but I have been looking at the Koni yellow or bilstein sports. I don't want a rough aggressive suspension, but everything I've read about these two shocks sound perfect for what I want. Does anyone have any advise or insight into which shocks and struts would be best? Or any particular site that has the best deals?

    Thanks in advance!

    Edit. So far tirerack and pelicanparts have the best prices and options that I've found

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    Bilstein HD's work great if you don't want to lower the car

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johal E32 View Post
    Bilstein HD's work great if you don't want to lower the car
    Thanks for the quick response. Are they adjustable like the Koni yellows? Also, is it just the fronts that are adjustable or the rears as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmurphy View Post
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    Bilstein HDs are stiffer than OEM shocks, right? I was planning on sticking very close to stock so just going one small rung up the ladder and getting Sachs Advantage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmurphy View Post
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    Isn't dinan just Koni yellows with slightly different springs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLL0003 View Post
    Isn't dinan just Koni yellows with slightly different springs?
    Koni shocks set to
    Dinan's preference with a Dinan Spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELCID86 View Post
    +1 LOL
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