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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-29-2011, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question Bilstein hd or sp???

I know this has been done to death and I have searched and read tons but I still need opinions....

I have a 1996 Tbird and I am gathering parts needed to drop and replace worn out suspension parts... I have a nib set of sport front shocks and a set of 1.25 vogtland's due in on Mon..

I can't seem to pull the trigger and order the Bilstein sp I am thinking they will be to stiff...I have read lots of folks like how stiff they are but I have found little to none on the heavy duty shocks..

Around here most roads are chert or just full of asphalt patches and I am thinking I will better off with the softer shocks...

Opinions welcome..

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Meh, I think it all comes down to personal preference. I don't think there will be a substantial difference between the two; they're both going to be significantly firmer than anything else on the market for MN12's. I honestly have no idea how much of a difference there is between the two but I bet it's not much.

If you want to try the Bilstein HD's over the Bilstein Sports knock yourself out and then let us know what you think of them ... As far as I know, no one else has the HD Bilsteins on their car.

My only experience is with the Bilstein Sports matched with the Ford Tbird Sports in front and I'm very pleased with them.

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Meh, I think it all comes down to personal preference. I don't think there will be a substantial difference between the two; they're both going to be significantly firmer than anything else on the market for MN12's. I honestly have no idea how much of a difference there is between the two but I bet it's not much.

If you want to try the Bilstein HD's over the Bilstein Sports knock yourself out and then let us know what you think of them ... As far as I know, no one else has the HD Bilsteins on their car.

My only experience is with the Bilstein Sports matched with the Ford Tbird Sports in front and I'm very pleased with them.
Rough on the back roads??
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Firm, yes, but not harsh in any way.

Aren't back roads rough on any shock? The whole point of having a firmer shock is to have a better feel of the road, and these shocks instill confidence as to where the tires are at all times.

The bottom line is you're going to give up a degree of comfort for a degree of performance.

You just need to decide what's right for your particular needs. Either way I think you'll be very pleased with the Bilsteins.

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Around here most roads are chert or just full of asphalt patches and I am thinking I will better off with the softer shocks...
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