just buy some KYB GR2's. inexpensive and good. a bit stiff for some, but i love kybs in general. they are what are going on my next vehicle again(tried tokico last car, had kybs on my last 5 and loved them) @ ~$60 /shock cant go wrong.
Del, they look fine. Don't stress over the rough spots on the right shock, that's not abnormal. It's just the result of the plastic cover getting stuck in one position sometimes. When that happens, the dirt buildup doesn't wash off as well during normal usage, causing the discoloration. If both compress at fairly the same tension, and there's no oil leaking out, they should be fine. If they were blown, the piston rod would be sunk into the cartridge and would be hard to pull out. Shocks can last up to 100k, so you probably still have some decent mlieage to go with those.
OEM Boge's will give you the best as far as a cushioned ride and least amount of harshness. If the springs and spring pads weren't part of the deal, I'd tell you to just buy new shocks. However, if you're still unsure about using these used shocks, you can get new ones at AutohausAz for $67 each. What's hard to tell in the pictures is the condition of the rear shock mounts. I don't recommend reusing them, and at the very least, do not reuse the gaskets. Either buy new ones, or make new ones out of cardboard (lots of people do this, including myself), they're pretty easy to trace and cut.
NEVER BUY USED SHOCKS!!!!! EVER!!!!! You have no idea of how the guy drove his car. He could have taken the bumpy way home...every day. It's just not worth it to go sheap on this. Are your current shocks broken, or just worn out? If they are worn out, just deal with the crappy ride for a bit, save up some cash, and get a decent set of shocks when you have the cash. I bet someone around here would send you their old shocks that they swapped out for new, better ones. Hell, if I had already swapped mine into the project M3, I would send you mine for just the postage. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get around to doing that swap yet. Nuke's right, but I would suggest the KYB AGX shocks, as they are adjustable. AGX has been making suspension for decades. They manufacture the shocks used on very heavy-duty equipment, such as backhoes, bulldozers, etc. Pretty good deal for the money. And pick up a set of TEIN springs (Got mine for $164 shipped). Another good deal for a killer price. Also, I just thought of the fact that you probably should go pop your trunk and see if your rear shocks shot through the rear end into your trunk. The upper rear shock mounts are really weak and have a tendency to do that if not reinforced.
why not take this as an excuse to upgrade to Bilsteins? a PSS system costs aout 1k.
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