|11-22-2011, 06:48 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Date registered: Nov 2011
Vehicle: 2000 ML430
Front Shocks KYB vs Sachs
I just purchased a 2000 ML430 with 146K. I am in process of upgrading the ride. It was pretty bad when I got it. First was alignment. That was good. New Pirelli's are on the way.
Next up are front shocks. I will DIY those. I have been reading the forum for front shock recommendations/warnings. Probably will stay away from Bilsteins or Monroe.
autohausaz.com has the following
Sachs-Boge OEM Shock Absorber; Front Left/Right Part #311367
Limited Lifetime Warranty. $88.89 each
partsgeek.com has the following
KYB Shock Absorber Position: Front
Part Number: 6420-05118021
Notes: GR2 / Excel-G -- Recommended OE Replacement
I read that KYB was OEM but as of now I am not certain. Will I need a mounting kit or special tool for this with either?
Anyone find better pricing or recommend a different supplier?
Anything I should be watching out for?
|11-23-2011, 03:47 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Date registered: Apr 2009
Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes ML55 AMG (Silver)
Location: Northeast U.S.
Im running the KYB GR2's also, and Im happy with them. They feel a bit firmer then the OEMS but they are a great value and not an extreme change.
|05-15-2012, 07:45 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Date registered: Dec 2004
Vehicle: 2007 ML500, 1999 ML430
Location: Derby, Kansas
|05-15-2012, 11:38 PM||#6 (permalink)|
I really like the Sachs. Installed a few sets and the ML owners loved them. One had the Monroes and
was ditching them after 20k miles. I have been in a 430 with the 1st gen Bilsteins and it was a hard ride.
The 2nd gens are supposed to be less harsh, but are only made for late production 99s and newer.
I can't get them for my ML. It was built in 11/98.
|05-16-2012, 06:50 AM||#7 (permalink)|
BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Jan 2004
Vehicle: 2004 ML500,Sport; 2009 ACURA TSX
Location: New York City
Bilsteins on all 4 corners.
Fronts are DIY. Rear, not recommended as DIY. Shop took 2 hours just to remove them. Don't forgot about pro spring compressor is needed.
|05-16-2012, 09:13 AM||#8 (permalink)|
Date registered: May 2009
Vehicle: 99 ML430, 99 C43 AMG, 04 Cayenne S
I have two OE rear strut assemblies with the Benz logo stamped on the box. Pull them out and there is the word kyb on a plastic sticker tag. So I am inferring the factory rears are kyb. Which makes me want to go kyb for the front too.
Last edited by pdxgrease; 05-16-2012 at 09:18 AM.
|05-16-2012, 12:38 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jul 2006
Vehicle: 2000 ML430, 2006 BMW 325i, 2007 BMW 328i Coupe
Location: South Florida
My fronts were originally KYB... stamped right on them. Went with the new Bilsteins and have no regrets.
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