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#1 (permalink) Old 11-22-2011, 07:48 AM
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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
$54.86 each

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?
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I got gr2 from rock auto (same as original) for $51 each no special tools also try to change sway bar bushings (from dealer $39 maybe less in us?)
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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.
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Dogger - Did you need a mounting kit or did it come with all the bolts and stuff you needed?
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....I have been reading the forum for front shock recommendations/warnings. Probably will stay away from Bilsteins or Monroe.
I installed Bilsteins on the front about 90K miles ago and they still feel like new.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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My fronts were originally KYB... stamped right on them. Went with the new Bilsteins and have no regrets.


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Next time I try KYB or Sachs... the Bilstein I have up front are a tad to harsch for me..
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