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    I've got a 14 Canadian spec RS package which has 11mm shorter springs, re-valved struts/shocks and 18" wheels. (Mine is silver too.) With my winter steelies and snows, mine looks to sit almost identical to yours, but that is the tire gap from the snows.

    I started researching Bilsteins a couple of years ago. The North American Cruze is a match for the European Astra J. For Canadian's we're better off ordering from one of the big online English sites. The USD kills us.

    My car is 35 months old with only 34M kms on it (20M miles). No rattling end-links yet, but they must be reaching the end of their lifespan. The struts/shocks are still excellent, but I have owned cars with Bilsteins on them going back to the 1970's. Back then, Bilsteins were sold as high-pressure gas shocks, and easily lifted a car an inch or so. To compress a strut, you had to brace it on the floor and really put your weight into it. I vaguely remember being told back then that Bilsteins had 80lbs gas preload pressure on them. But I have no idea if that is accurate or not. On my rally car, I could race along the most gawd forsaken rutted and pot holed forest roads with no problems. The big teams had fancy coilover suspension setups. The rest of us just sourced out the heaviest stock spring we could find, and bolt in a set of Bilsteins.

    I'm thinking about Bilsteins strictly for the fun of it. My struts/shocks will last years more, but why wait to change them and probably dump the car a year later? Better to change them now.

    One of the Bilstein sites I found said the B8 was good for cars lowered 10-60 mm, but I will probably go for B6's
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    Hello! I'm quite excited that you posted this thread only a few weeks ago, as I've been researching struts/shocks to replace on my 2012 LT 130K miles.

    Question: If I get the B4s, do I need to find corresponding Strut Mounts from Billstein? Or I can throw on some from Monroe, etc.. I cannot find Strut Mounts from Billstein, and I imagine if I do, they might be a tad overpriced.

    Thoughts?

    I'll report back how I feel about the B4s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butt_Dragger0903 View Post
    Hello! I'm quite excited that you posted this thread only a few weeks ago, as I've been researching struts/shocks to replace on my 2012 LT 130K miles.

    Question: If I get the B4s, do I need to find corresponding Strut Mounts from Billstein? Or I can throw on some from Monroe, etc.. I cannot find Strut Mounts from Billstein, and I imagine if I do, they might be a tad overpriced.

    Thoughts?

    I'll report back how I feel about the B4s.
    The B4 shocks will feel just like stock; there should be no difference aside from the difference between your worn shocks and new OEM-like shocks. I'd recommend moving up to the B6 HD.

    You can use any strut mounts with the shocks; OEM, Monroe, KYB.

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    Thanks for your review.

    Surprisingly after 100K on my odometer my suspension still feels comfortable and I have no complaints. But I know its only a matter of time in which they will need to be replaced.

    Out of curiosity, who manufactures the OE struts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XtremeRevolution View Post
    I can't disclose the price I paid for them, but as soon as they show up on the BNR website, I'll be able to let you know. Expect somewhere in the range of $600 for all 4, give or take.
    I just noticed that these part number 35-171669, 35-171676, and 24-171687 have been added to the Rockauto catalog, but the items are listed notify me when available. I'm guessing these are made in Germany based on Extreme's boxes, and stock has not reached US warehouses yet.

    I was a bit surprised to see Rockauto carrying performance part numbers for shocks. It will be interesting to see how competitive they might be for pricing.

    Seems like a lot of updates in the catalog for suspension options. Since the first Cruze in North America is now 5-6 years old, it makes sense that these items are now being listed in the aftermarket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XtremeRevolution View Post
    I can't disclose the price I paid for them, but as soon as they show up on the BNR website, I'll be able to let you know. Expect somewhere in the range of $600 for all 4, give or take.
    I was off the website when you asked me those questions about Bilstein, lol, sorry. (In other thread)

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    Quote Originally Posted by XtremeRevolution View Post
    B6 (HD)

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    did you reuse the shock mounts or bought new ones?
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    Quote Originally Posted by boraz View Post
    did you reuse the shock mounts or bought new ones?
    I bought new

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    Quote Originally Posted by XtremeRevolution View Post
    I bought new

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    What was the reasoning for the new shock mounts? I have yet to install mine and previous experience with shocks was buy shock and reuse metal mounts as they really did not wear out. Is there something I need to look at to determine whether or not I should buy? Do you have a part # as well.

    2nd Question - did you use any Camber bolts? I purchased a set of Eibach bolts with my struts and wanted to know if they are needed or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blasirl View Post
    What was the reasoning for the new shock mounts? I have yet to install mine and previous experience with shocks was buy shock and reuse metal mounts as they really did not wear out. Is there something I need to look at to determine whether or not I should buy? Do you have a part # as well.

    2nd Question - did you use any Camber bolts? I purchased a set of Eibach bolts with my struts and wanted to know if they are needed or not.
    The fronts needed to be done as they were worn. The rears, I replaced just to make sure. They weren't bad, but I didn't want to find out they were bad in 10k miles and have to pull the shocks off again. Not that it's difficult on the rear.

    I bought the mounts from rockauto, KYB for the rear ands Monroe for the front

    I did not use camber bolts and don't believe they are necessary on stock springs.


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