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Unread 07-30-2014, 04:36 PM   #31
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Teraflex are the ones to get. Get them off jeepinbyal.com Those are the ones 99 percent of lifted Libbys use.

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Unread 07-30-2014, 04:39 PM   #32
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Teraflex are the ones to get. Get them off jeepinbyal.com Those are the ones 99 percent of lifted Libbys use.
correction......99.972%




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Unread 08-03-2014, 08:58 PM   #33
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Thanks.

What's the gripe with KYB items? Not good quality? For someone who off-roads once a year and tows a boat to unimproved ramps every weekend I'm sure they'll work fine?
I can shed a little light on what is talked about. Sooooo...

KYB isn't necessarily a bad brand.. From what I understood, they were one of the OEM suppliers to Chrysler for the LX cars (Charger, Magnum, 300). I couldn't pin it down since some other sources said they were also supplied with Sachs shocks as well. Anyway, I used KYB's gas shocks when I did the front suspension rebuild on my 300C. I also replaced the rears. I put on about 25 to 30k miles on that rebuild and traded it in with it still riding like a new car. Handled great as well. So, I can say that they did a good job. That said, I didn't even consider them when I looked to replace the shocks on my Liberty. Here is why.

It has been known that Bilstein makes a great truck shock. I wasn't sure I needed to go "that good" except for my experience working on my wife's Mercedes R350. That tank had air springs in the rear. They are a known major issue with those beasts. I converted hers to coil springs. That was at 75k miles. The constantly failing air bags toasted the shocks as well. Bilstein is the OEM provider for Mercedes, so I got a pair. Pricey but figured go with OEM quality. Like I said, that thing is a tank. It weighs over 4900lbs dry!!! I thought for sure the fronts would be going.... at 96k now, they are still fine. Unbelievable. So, given that car's history with me, I am now a firm fan of Bilstein.

Will the KYB's serve someone well... maybe.. I wouldn't say they are a bad brand, far from it. Just will what they make for a truck work as well as their car stuff? I wouldn't chance it, not when Bilsteins can be had for only a little more per unit.

Oh, and when I was doing up my Chrysler, the KYB's were about $50 a unit when the equivalent Bilstein for that car was $150, and the Sachs were $100. So I decided to stay away from the German stuff for that....
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Unread 08-03-2014, 09:55 PM   #34
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Bilsteins can be had for only a little more per unit.

Oh, and when I was doing up my Chrysler, the KYB's were about $50 a unit when the equivalent Bilstein for that car was $150


I didn't base my purchase solely on cost.

But to be fair:

KYB:
Front 64.35 *2= 128.70
Rear 43.11 *2= 86.22
Total 214.92

Bilstein:
Front 154*2= 308
Rear 88*2= 176
Total 484

Difference of $269 or a 125% premium for bilstein.
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