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Factory Bilstein Shocks - Where to find?

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Hi,

 

My 2007 JDM import Legacy 2.0GT got a factory option Bilstein shocks on them and the RhF one is wearing out. Brought it to Alignment Specialists had a rebuild.

 

I noticed the shocks have SUBARU engravings (and parts number etc, forgot to record them) on them, and the guy did the job told me they are tailor-made for subaru so you are not likely to buy an original aftermarket from Bilstein. They are similar to B4/B6/B8 or whatever it is but not exactly the specific model.

 

Just wondering if these shocks go out & I want to buy an identical replacement, where should I ask? Maybe Winger?

 

Thanks

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Keep in mind that most available used will be in questionable condition too, you could get 10k km or you could get 100k km from them, it’s always a gamble. 

 

I wouldn't do one at a time, but if you have the cash to get some new standard Bilsteins as a whole set you’ll find they are pretty similar to the Legacy specced ones. 

They do it quite often in the US for these cars since theirs came with much worse shocks than ours as standard even on the Spec B’s.

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Get some Bilstein B6/B8 and you'll be all good. 

Check local prices but most likely you'll be far better off importing from the EU (based on my experience anyway). 

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On 2/10/2019 at 2:27 PM, Andy_Mac said:

Keep in mind that most available used will be in questionable condition too, you could get 10k km or you could get 100k km from them, it’s always a gamble. 

 

I wouldn't do one at a time, but if you have the cash to get some new standard Bilsteins as a whole set you’ll find they are pretty similar to the Legacy specced ones. 

They do it quite often in the US for these cars since theirs came with much worse shocks than ours as standard even on the Spec B’s.

Thanks. I'm thinking about maybe buying a front set of standard B6. Happen to find an interesting info from one of the B6 reviewers on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Bilstein-35-118312-Performance-Suspension-Assembly/dp/B009FU6ALO

Damping Values:
Model Compression Rebound (measured @0.52m/s)
35-118305 1090 2460 <- Front Left
35-118312 1090 2460 <- Front Right (this model)

20310AG411 750 1280 <- Front Left (OEM Spec B strut)
20310AG401 750 1280 <- Front Right (OEM Spec B strut)'

 

20310AG401 is the correct part number on my shock. Looks like a bit differences in damping force but I guess won't matter too much when changing both front.

 

Also interesting piece of info I found on Japanese parts site (translated.):

https://www.afterparts.co.jp/bilstein/bilstein_subaru.html

Legacy 03/5~09/5 BP5/BL5 (B4 2.0R/2.0GT)    B6    Front   Left)VE3-3066LJ; Right)VE3-3066RJ

 

It appears JDM Subaru Bilsteins are indeed a B6 variant, and they are given unique codes/no.

 

23 hours ago, sobanoodle said:

Get some Bilstein B6/B8 and you'll be all good. 

Check local prices but most likely you'll be far better off importing from the EU (based on my experience anyway). 

 

Thanks. I guess either way we have to import from EU/NA since Japan has export law that forbid freighting compressed air components like shocks or it is what I get the idea.

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1 hour ago, Mercurius said:

Japan has export law that forbid freighting compressed air components

 

I'm pretty sure you can still do sea freight if you're prepared to wait for a couple of months and find a retailer willing to assist. 

 

From what I remember B8 are designed to be used with lowering springs and B6 for stock.

 

Also keep in mind that that different revisions of BL/BP were equipped with different revisions of Bilsteins hence you'll see different part numbers. Earlier revisions were the stiffest ones.

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15 minutes ago, sobanoodle said:

I'm pretty sure you can still do sea freight if you're prepared to wait for a couple of months and find a retailer willing to assist. 

 

People here have used @mlracing.co.nz and had good experiences!

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11 minutes ago, Individualities said:

People here have used @mlracing.co.nz and had good experiences!

 

Which is a container and is a few months wait.

 

I had an unpleasant experience with 41 Automotive which are/were a CS sponsor. Nor they ended up being much cheaper than going through buyee of the likes anyway. Priced up a few things through MLR too (including a Bilstein B12 kit). Was still cheaper and certainly much quicker to import myself directly.  

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Yes you can't ship shocks with EMS anymore but we can container as mentioned above if you don't mind the wait. 

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