Which shocks to buy?

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Which shocks to buy?

Post by Scottyx » Mon 15 Oct, 2018 7:24 am

Hi there

I want to replace the 4 shocks on my 71 280S.

Has anyone had any good or bad results with any particular brands?

Thanks for your thoughts
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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by CraigB » Mon 15 Oct, 2018 10:50 am

I would always go with the original Bilstein parts. Especially when I think of my pagoda that still had the paint dots on the original bilsteins showing it left the factory with them over 30 years earlier. They did need replacing though but fantastic once fitted. I am sure they will be cheaper than you would think - last time I heard mentioned on here someone got them from Rock auto in the US for what seemed an incredibly cheap price - PCEuro seems to be good too and good with freight price. Locally I am not sure price/supplier, but be careful whoever is not trying to sell you something else - the bilstein will restore your perfect ride and you will probably not need to replace again in your lifetime.
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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by edenning » Wed 17 Oct, 2018 8:35 am

I would certainly put Bilstein or Sachs on. Sachs were a factory fit for some Mercedes, and both have a much bigger bore than cheaper replacements. The cheaper thinner replacements weren't than much cheaper when you consider they will be on the car for a long time. My local auto parts store sourced new Sachs in Australia for me.

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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by John Green » Thu 18 Oct, 2018 6:39 pm

We have used either Bilstein or Sach's for years as both companies are OE for Mercedes-Benz. HOWEVER, there is a bad batch of SACHS W108 rear shocks around at the moment. We have just had to send 4 brand new ones back, were leaking when taken out of the box.

Don't think they are a dud brand, there just like everyone, some times it just goes pear shape.
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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by Scottyx » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 8:01 am

Good stuff, thanks for the responses

I have ordered Bilstein front and rear. I priced them here in Sydney and they want $1400 for the set. I forgot about the Rock Auto recommendation and I have already gone and ordered them from Amazon in the US. They have to be sent to a reshipper and then sent out to me. I think I may end up paying a little more than rock auto price but no more than $50 I'm hoping.

I will post up here the total cost delivered to my door for reference when others may need shocks.

Have a good one
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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by Scottyx » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 10:03 am

Dam it

The reshipper I use no longer ships by post, they only use fedex. Very expensive compared to US Post

Long and short of it is because I didn't go back and read Craigs post and check out Rock auto first I over paid by just over $200 aussie.

I might go back and do an exact total but it makes me a little sad at the moment.

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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by Scottyx » Sun 21 Oct, 2018 7:32 am

I had a better look at how I stuffed up.

The first obvious thing is Rock Auto charge $50 delivery while the reshipper I used charged $150 to ship by FedEx. ($100US right off the bat)

One of the other things is the shock price itself Rock Auto $275 and Amazon $317 ($42 US down the drain)

But when you run $317 for the Amazon price through a currency convertor you get about $445 Aussie. While Amazon use a different exchange rate and they converted it to $463 Aussie $'s so another $18 Aussie.

Anyway I think the reshipping company I have used over the number of years will be given the flick and I will be careful of Amazon's exchange rate in the future.

$142 US is just under $200 Aussie and then the extra $18 on the Amazon exchange rate.

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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by CraigB » Sun 21 Oct, 2018 3:44 pm

And only for the exercise of comparison (and not to increase you pain!) but did you check fcpeuro? They are usually fairly competitive price wise but from what i have seen where they beat others is in their freight price that seems to be better generally. You can get a precise freight cost at the checkout too before you commit. But don't think about it too much - once on there and spread over the years of enjoyment a couple of hundred here or there will soon be forgotten - main thing is you got the best part for the job.
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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by Scottyx » Mon 22 Oct, 2018 4:49 am

I had a look around FCP website and will go back once I have a better list of what I need.

As far as shocks go 4 Bilsteins including shipping to Sydney is around $536 Aussie, while the same at Rock auto is about $457 Aussie

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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by Aegean » Mon 22 Oct, 2018 6:28 pm

Rock Auto is the place to go, and no GST either.
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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by Scottyx » Tue 23 Oct, 2018 8:54 am

It’s not getting any better with this order.

I just got an email from the reshipper along with a refund for shipping costs as they won’t send shocks due to their policy of pressurised items.

Now I need to find out if I can send them back to the place I bought them from through Amazon and then try to actually do it.

I think it’s called a nuisance

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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by CraigB » Tue 23 Oct, 2018 9:30 am

They are not a gas shock but policy is policy and maybe they blanket all shocks. There are other resending companies no doubt but if they will take them back sounds best - even with a penalty if you then get them from Rock might work out the same. There will be no problem sending them direct from Rock because so many others have already done it.
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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by drew56cus » Mon 05 Nov, 2018 7:50 am

Hey Scotty, good timing for you. I saw on the Ozbenz facebook page a post from Shane Herbert saying he is going to order in some shocks and was looking to do a group buy. I have got stuff from him in the past and it all went fine. So see if you can piggy back onto that order. He used to be on bits4benz@gmail.com.
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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by CraigB » Mon 05 Nov, 2018 10:37 am

That's a good point to put that here Drew - its on the Mercedes parts facebook page - but I am pretty sure Scott has a set on its way already.
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Re: Which shocks to buy?

Post by Scottyx » Mon 05 Nov, 2018 6:13 pm

Cheers Drew for the heads up, it’s appreciated.

I still don’t know for sure where my shocks are, but they should either be with the original vendor or on the way to Oz

I went about it in a very wrong way and am up to about $300 in shipping (that’s US dollars)

It does include shipping Weber’s here too, but a lot of coin was wasted on the shocks

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