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Is there any advantage to replacing the shocks on a 40k mile car when installing aftermarket springs? Does anybody yet have a sense how many miles the stock shocks are good for? Is there any overlap in labor in replacing the springs and shocks? Thanks.
 

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I think, to change the shocks at 40K is wasting money. Under normal condition, shock could easily go past 100K. For me, if it is not bad, don't change it except some preventive maintainance. Also, shocks unit on our cars are not cheap.

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On many cars, shocks dont even last 40k.

Also, typically when people install lower, high rate springs, stock shocks blow out pretty quickly. As a result, it has become common practice in most car communitys to always switch to aftermarket shocks when switching to aftermarket springs.

Aftermarket shocks also typically provide better control of the car with the charachterstics induced by new springs.
 

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shock failure and stiffer spring

...typically when people install lower, high rate springs, stock shocks blow out pretty quickly. As a result, it has become common practice in most car communitys to always switch to aftermarket shocks when switching to aftermarket springs.

Aftermarket shocks also typically provide better control of the car with the charachterstics induced by new springs.
Does this hold true for skyhook with adaptive suspension (i.e. does stiffer spring cause skyhook shock to prematurely fail)? If so why? Does the shock not have to do less with a stiffer spring as the car isn't bobbing as much?
 

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I was under the impression that springs and shocks should be changed at the same time as well. I was thinking about buying the formula dynamics springs, then taking my time to see if any further modifications would be required before doing the install.

My installer is looking into the best combination to acheive better handling without compromising the quality of ride.
 

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I have not seen any need to replace the skyhook shocks, they use a variable dampening control which seems to do very well over time. When they fail, you'll know it.

Conventional non-skyhook shocks probably should be replaced at 40K. That is you will see a benefit in doing so. Usually you don't really NEED to replace shocks unless, the fluid has been exposed to oxygen or is past its recommended service life or the seals are leaking. It's worth an inspection.

Remember that our springs will do more of the work and thus will put less load on the internal dampeners. However the more you lower the car, the more load is put on the seals as well. This is not something to really worry about however there is some impact worth noting.

Yes there is certainly overlapping labor.
 
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