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After 113k miles, the shocks and struts on my '11 Eco are starting to feel a little frayed. Did some searching here on CruzeTalk and didn't find much regarding KYB replacement units. Is anyone running these, and, if so, what are your impressions?
 

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IME, none recent, KYB have not been of the same quality level as Bilstein, Koni, or Boge/Sachs.
My last KYB experience was with a pair of adjustable struts, lifetime guarantee. After a couple of years one started leaking, KYB replaced them both without a quibble. A couple of years later, one failed again. By then KYB had discontinued the 4 position adjustable model, so they gave me a cheaper set of nonadjustable Gas-A-Just struts and informed me my lifetime warranty was over, don't come back asking for another set. So, I never went back to KYB.
 

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IME, none recent, KYB have not been of the same quality level as Bilstein, Koni, or Boge/Sachs.
My last KYB experience was with a pair of adjustable struts, lifetime guarantee. After a couple of years one started leaking, KYB replaced them both without a quibble. A couple of years later, one failed again. By then KYB had discontinued the 4 position adjustable model, so they gave me a cheaper set of nonadjustable Gas-A-Just struts and informed me my lifetime warranty was over, don't come back asking for another set. So, I never went back to KYB.
I can't say I've ever recommended KYB's performance shocks. My recommendation for KYB was as an OEM replacement shock, not as an upgrade. About on par with Monroe.
 

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Thank you so much for the replies, everyone. I really value your advice!

I probably should have mentioned that I'd like to add a rear stabilizer bar when it's time to get the shocks and struts done--something just aggressive enough to make my Chevy behave more like an Opel. There's some seriously twisty/hilly stretches along my most-traveled routes, and I'd like to quell the understeer.

I've long been aware of the Bilsteins, have read the positive reviews about them here on CruzeTalk, and will likely go that route. Still, I think it's prudent to evaluate all the possible options in order to make the most informed decision.

I have never been impressed with the Monroe dampers that have been installed on my family's cars. Lumber-wagon ride quality along with clumsy handling pretty much sum up my experience with them. Never again.

Gabriel products, on the other hand, have historically been pretty good at restoring ride quality back to as-new while sharpening up the handling--though not to sporting levels.

Still, this is my first GM car. Were this a Ford, VW, or Toyota, I'd already know from experience just what to do...
 
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Thank you so much for the replies, everyone. I really value your advice!

I probably should have mentioned that I'd like to add a rear stabilizer bar when it's time to get the shocks and struts done--something just aggressive enough to make my Chevy behave more like an Opel. There's some seriously twisty/hilly stretches along my most-traveled routes, and I'd like to quell the understeer.

I've long been aware of the Bilsteins, have read the positive reviews about them here on CruzeTalk, and will likely go that route. Still, I think it's prudent to evaluate all the possible options in order to make the most informed decision.

I have never been impressed with the Monroe dampers that have been installed on my family's cars. Lumber-wagon ride quality along with clumsy handling pretty much sum up my experience with them. Never again.

Gabriel products, on the other hand, have historically been pretty good at restoring ride quality back to as-new while sharpening up the handling--though not to sporting levels.

Still, this is my first GM car. Were this a Ford, VW, or Toyota, I'd already know from experience just what to do...
Did you have the TSB performed on your car for the front shocks at any point? If not, you'll need new springs as well if getting Bilsteins, as GM redesigned this after the 12/11 production month, which resulted in a lower spring perch and longer spring. You'll want to pick up front springs for a later VIN 2012+ or a 2013+ Eco as your front springs are too short. If you did have them replaced due to clunking noise early on, you'll have the new design.

The rear sway bar can be picked up on the BNR website, but be sure to review my tutorial first to ensure that your spring seats are the same as mine were or that sway bar may not fit. They had a different sway bar for early 2011 models that may or may not fit your car.

http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/153-...ne-bhr93-rear-sway-bar-2011-2016-5-cruze.html

Bilstein B6 shocks are currently being ordered from Germany and take approximately 8-12 weeks to arrive. Be sure to factor that into your plans. It's a bit of a wait, but it's well worth it. I recommend ordering them from BNR: Bilstein B6 HD Shocks 2011-2016 Chevrolet Cruze

I wouldn't say I've had any exceptional experiences with Monroe. Due to a lack of options, I installed them on our 2011 Odyssey. It was either Monroe shocks for $94 apiece or OEM Honda shocks, which were worn out by 76k miles, for $325. I chose KYB for the rear.

For performance shocks, the only options I know of are Bilstein B6 HD or B8 (for lowered springs). Aside from that, you'd have to look at coilovers, which will cost even more and may ride worse.
 

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Did you have the TSB performed on your car for the front shocks at any point? If not, you'll need new springs as well if getting Bilsteins, as GM redesigned this after the 12/11 production month, which resulted in a lower spring perch and longer spring. You'll want to pick up front springs for a later VIN 2012+ or a 2013+ Eco as your front springs are too short. If you did have them replaced due to clunking noise early on, you'll have the new design.

The rear sway bar can be picked up on the BNR website, but be sure to review my tutorial first to ensure that your spring seats are the same as mine were or that sway bar may not fit. They had a different sway bar for early 2011 models that may or may not fit your car.

http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/153-...ne-bhr93-rear-sway-bar-2011-2016-5-cruze.html

Bilstein B6 shocks are currently being ordered from Germany and take approximately 8-12 weeks to arrive. Be sure to factor that into your plans. It's a bit of a wait, but it's well worth it. I recommend ordering them from BNR: Bilstein B6 HD Shocks 2011-2016 Chevrolet Cruze

I wouldn't say I've had any exceptional experiences with Monroe. Due to a lack of options, I installed them on our 2011 Odyssey. It was either Monroe shocks for $94 apiece or OEM Honda shocks, which were worn out by 76k miles, for $325. I chose KYB for the rear.

For performance shocks, the only options I know of are Bilstein B6 HD or B8 (for lowered springs). Aside from that, you'd have to look at coilovers, which will cost even more and may ride worse.
Wow, that's a wealth of information and exactly what I needed to know! Thanks so much!

No, I haven't had the TSB done on the front springs. The car, however, has spent over 20 overnights at the dealer, so perhaps it's been done. Will take a look at my service records.

I'll have to have a suspension shop put in the rear bar, and the notion of them possibly getting the wrong bar and then trying to make things fit is a bit troubling.

Alternatively, how about putting in the B6's up front and a less aggressively-damped shock in the rear? Would that make a difference with the understeer, along the lines of running less air pressure in the rear tires versus the front?
 

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Wow, that's a wealth of information and exactly what I needed to know! Thanks so much!

No, I haven't had the TSB done on the front springs. The car, however, has spent over 20 overnights at the dealer, so perhaps it's been done. Will take a look at my service records.

I'll have to have a suspension shop put in the rear bar, and the notion of them possibly getting the wrong bar and then trying to make things fit is a bit troubling.

Alternatively, how about putting in the B6's up front and a less aggressively-damped shock in the rear? Would that make a difference with the understeer, along the lines of running less air pressure in the rear tires versus the front?
I would honestly do the rear bar yourself. The date ranges for the two bars from Whiteline for this car are for the Australian Cruze, which had the changes made at different times than the US Cruze did, so it's a bit complicated.

I wouldn't add a weaker shock in the rear. The Bilstein is a lot smaller in the rear as it is than the front. I think it's very well balanced with Bilsteins all around. If you want to cut out understeer, add the rear sway bar, some chassis bracing from Ultra Racing, and the front control arm bushings.
 

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I have the KYB struts and shocks installed in my 2013 RS. Replaced them at 105,000 KM with B&G lowering springs. Overall happy with everything, currently at 130,000 KM and will be inspecting everything when I switch over my wheels and tires for winter.
 

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I have Bilstein B4s and they're great. About the same price as KYB.
 

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Autoanything.com is where I got mine. They will price match pretty much anyone.
 

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I went with the KYB/B&G combo because it was the most affordable at the time. I admit I should've looked into the Bilsteins or coilovers at the time but I'm still happy with my decision for the time being. I have bottomed out a few times but I'm blaming that on the springs, haven't read other cases like this with the B&G's.

Will be inspecting the struts and shocks very soon as I plan on installing my winter tires and wheels, will comment if I see any issues.
 

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koni is supposed to release this month,
KONI NA | List
I called Koni and they referred me to Tire Rack.
So I did a chat with Tire Rack. They sent me a quote and a timeline of 2 or 3 weeks for a special order.

For Koni Sport I thought that quite reasonable. They should be rebuild-able.
Here it is.

11-17 sedan & hatchback sport#
1Special Order$157.76$157.76
11-17 sedan & hatchback sport#
1Special Order$157.76$157.76
11-17 sedan & hatchback sport#
2
Special Order$113.68$227.36

Quote Total: $587.75 including tax.
 

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How do the Bilstein B4's compare to KYB's? B6's are double the price and always out of stock.
 

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Tire rack had the best price I found for bilsteins and springs. Not sure if they are the eibachs or not though. Think like $830. Mines starting to bottom out on rough bumps @ 80k miles.


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This computer won't let me quote w/o chaos.

For the Koni Sports/Yellow are they a full set of inserts you have to chop the front OEM struts to mount? Google search doesn't really say the difference or change. A generic set keeps showing up that showed up when I ordered my set in 2005.
 
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