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Old August 28th, 2011, 06:54 PM
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Shock bushings or new shocks

I searched the forums and found nothing that directly addresses the questions I have.

My 95 D90 ST just turned 100,000 miles, I recently noticed a clunking coming from the rear of the truck. I looked around back there, and I noticed my lower rear shock bushings on the passenger side had turned to, well, like a sticky tar! I've seen bushings get hard and cracked before, but I've never before seen bushings that look like they'd been put in an oven........

In any event, the shocks on the truck appear to be original, and they seem to work fine (totally stock suspension). Therefore, I went in search (locally) for some replacement bushings, and they were nowhere to be found.

My questions are:

(a) Do any of you know where I can find some replacement bushings (preferably rubber, not polyurethane) without having to buy complete shocks? I've looked and can't find any (and, while I ordered some replacements from a well-known Rover parts supplier, they sent me replacements for a different style shock......CRAP! They've sent me wrong parts before, so it was not a big surprise.)

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(b) With this truck having 100K on it now, even though I'm going to leave the suspension in stock form, would I be better off going ahead and changing the shocks now? Again, the shocks that are on it work fine now, but if the factory shocks have a known life span, I'm wondering if it might be better to toss them and go with new replacements.

I realize that's a long post for a simple problem, but I'm hoping some of you with more D90 experience than me can point me in the right direction. Thanks.
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Old August 29th, 2011, 10:40 AM
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At 100K miles I think you can't go very far wrong by replacing the shocks
with new ones.

Just my $.02.

-Bryan
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Old August 29th, 2011, 10:46 AM
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Change the shocks.
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Old August 29th, 2011, 10:51 AM
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OK. Is the general consensus (on a factory ride height vehicle) Bilstein, OME or other?
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Old August 29th, 2011, 02:22 PM
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Old August 30th, 2011, 01:38 PM
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I just put OME springs and shocks on mine (2" lift) and I'm pretty happy so far.
I'm with Bill on the Bilsteins though for stock suspensions. I ran those for the last
100K miles and was happy with them as well.

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Old August 30th, 2011, 02:35 PM
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I am impressed that you got a 100k out of the stock suspension. Mine was absolutely toast at 70k.
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