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    Default EP3 shocks, Sachs, Bilstein B4 or OEM?

    Hello

    Sorry if this is a repeat question but I'm quite new to the EP3.

    Standard car on 14 year old, 63k, original shocks and one of the fronts has slight play in the slider. Thinking it's time for a shock refresh?

    I've done a couple of bushes and drop links so all of that is OK.

    I think my options are Sachs, Bilstein B4 or drop the money and go OEM?

    Would I be correct in saying that the best top mounts are OEM?

    Any advice most welcome!

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    I believe the OEM items are Sachs so just go with them and as you say, use original top mounts.

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    OEM Honda shocks and either OEM top mounts or SNR

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    Thanks for the pointers.

    I took a look at the shocks fitted and they are Nissin Showa. They have the same part number on them as I get on the Lings parts catalogue, so assume they are original?

    I've ordered 4 shocks and front top mounts from Honda, thinking that original Showa shocks will be supplied. Lets see.

    Cheers

    Steve





    Original top mounts

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    Fitted the front shocks today, that went well. The ones supplied by Honda are Showa and have "Type-R" stamped into the tube bellow the steering arm. Both shocks removed had play in the sliders but the damping was not appreciably different than the new ones, Honda quality showing through 14 years and 62k miles. Replaced the top mounts with new Honda items too but the originals were perfect and had thousands of miles left in them.

    Found that the track rod ends did not have castellated nuts fitted, though the split pins were, doing nothing! I suspect that these have been replaced at some time?

    While I couldn't feel any play, the track rod ends are very floppy, so need changing anyway. Hope the new ones have new castellated nuts or ny-locks.

    The bottom bolts on the rear shocks wouldn't budge with an 18" breaker bar and a very hard tug, so I have decided to leave these for now. There are no leaks knocks or bangs back there at the moment.

    Cheers

    Steve

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