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So i have a right rear blown shock on my 98 230...104k miles

I have the parts blow up catalog from you guys but just seemed to realize that the front and rear shocks are the same size...is this correct?

Ive been going online like ebay and other import part places and searching by part number and it says that the shock parts are usually the front ones..

Is this correct? Are they interchanable?

Also i want a solid ride - a bit of caddy but a real sport gripper on the turns..

I hear the kyb's are too hard to ride on
So i have between bilstein or OEM...or whatever else you suggest.

Any justified advise is welcome...
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You do know that shocks are like tires-you should replace them in pairs?
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Of course... In going to change all 4 judt want to make sure im buying the cirrect parts and brand
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There is a number of different varieties available for your model. You might want to decide that you want to a stiffer ride or a softer ride – keep that in mind as you go about the selection process.
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im not sure about the fronts and rears being interchangeable, but I put a set of bilstein's on mine, along with some h&r lowering springs, it's a nice solid ride now, not noticeably stiffer either, looks better IMO, especially with some 18in wheels
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Can anyone confirm that front and rear at the same?
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As SirClass wrote up above, ride is significantly dependent on your wheels as well.
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I have the stock spoke wheels..16's?
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OEM is not bad. Front and back are different. I'd pass on the Kybs.
You ride a duke so id go with Bilstein if kept at stock height.
I like tirerack.com for pricing and reviews.

X2 The Bilstein with H&R is a great choice when lowering.
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Yea but oem vs bilstein ...what are the differences?
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I put Bilsteins on my 98 Slk 230 and am very happy with them. Tire rack had excellent prices on them. I didn't want a stiff ride so I went with the street/performance ones. I've read that lowering the ride was maybe not a good idea for street driving. If you want oem you can get them from a dealer or find the exact shock from the manufacturer direct for much less. I would imagine they would be satisfactory. They came with different parts #'s front/back, so I assume they are not interchangeable. Good luck.
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I put Bilsteins on my 98 Slk 230 and am very happy with them. Tire rack had excellent prices on them. I didn't want a stiff ride so I went with the street/performance ones. I've read that lowering the ride was maybe not a good idea for street driving. If you want oem you can get them from a dealer or find the exact shock from the manufacturer direct for much less. I would imagine they would be satisfactory. They came with different parts #'s front/back, so I assume they are not interchangeable. Good luck.
Did you have to buy new mounts? Did you get the hd billsteins?
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Everything I needed came in the box. I suppose you could replace the rubber mounts, but mine seemed to be fine, so I didn't bother. I know there are heavier Bilsteins available, but I didn't want a harsh ride, just better wheel control, so I got the "regular" (called heavy duty) for street and performance rather than the ones tuned to the track. They were not hard to install- not like struts. Just be sure to support the axel before removing the shock so it doesn't fall too far. I've also heard that lowering is not a good idea unless you stay mostly on the track. My next project is to squeeze more ponies out by a bigger pulley driving the supercharger and some headers. I can't see popping $1200 on some supersprint headers, so I will go with some for around $150. If there were something made in the USA I would probably go for that if they weren't too expensive. Anyone know of any?
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