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Morning gents,
I'm about to have the front shocks replaced (passenger side leaking) - is there any point in replacing the bump stops /gaiters at the same time? I'm not after any sort of modification (shortening the stops etc) but while they're off...
Car has done 77K.

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Morning gents,
I'm about to have the front shocks replaced (passenger side leaking) - is there any point in replacing the bump stops /gaiters at the same time? I'm not after any sort of modification (shortening the stops etc) but while they're off...
Car has done 77K.

Cheers.
Rob.
i very rarely do unless they are clearly damaged or the rubber parts is cracked,, as if the rubber is then it will be weak and would allow the shock to over move go past the point it was designed to go it to and cause it damage maybe,, say if hit a pot hole hard sometime,, that said to do this the car would prob have bottom arm and wheel damage to go with it,, and maybe the extra up bumped stopped travel and stop could add to it,
i would also while doing that job replace the top strut mounts with new ones as a future proof exercise as while strut and spring off only do job once if that makes sense,,
this all said on all my own cars i'm fairly anal about these kinds of jobs and just do it once will full kits knowing it should be good for another 70k plus miles,, rather than doing one things to find something else is also getting worn out,, sometimes the saving a few quid will bite you on arse where a worn part will wear out the new part a lot sooner.. rubber on cars tends to have 7-10 year life before it gets soft and cracks as a rule,, and mileage has a small bearing on it oil heat cold water how much its gets hammered when car driven,
 

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Cheers Mike,
Yeah, I'm definitely in the camp of 'do it right, do it once'. I might change them anyway, they're relatively cheap.
Good call about the top mounts - are they the same both sides (ie not handed)?

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Cheers Mike,
Yeah, I'm definitely in the camp of 'do it right, do it once'. I might change them anyway, they're relatively cheap.
Good call about the top mounts - are they the same both sides (ie not handed)?

Thanks,
Rob.
if were me would think about the springs at same time as not very to much money,, i always say cars are designed with around 80k 4 years in mind by makers and does seems a lot starts to need doing around this mileage, car with 100k drive like it normally, its that's thing i hate doing the same job twice and tend to use a if i have move it then replace it,, but thats on my cars i always say to people what i would do if me and normally get asked to do cheapest best job as a lot odf people see the if its not broke dont fix it,, me when its something that is designed to wear and has covered its 79-80k and i'm going to put my family in it then i just do once and forget about it, do all the front one year and rear the next year sometimes fits, as for lower bushes the poly bushes are good last longer worth doing makes steering sharper
 

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Just a quick update on this - I ended up having the shocks (Koni FSD), gaiters, bump stops and top mounts replaced and what a difference it has made to the car! It's almost as dramatic as going from RF to non-RF tyres; the ride is just so much better now.
The garage shoved the old shocks in the boot and to be honest they were totally shot - one was leaking anyway but they were just so soft. The top mounts didn't look too bad but as Mike says you can't really tell the condition of the rubber just by looking at it and for the extra few quid it was defintely the way to go. All I need to do now is refit my strut brace and give it whirl down the twisty stuff (and consider if the wallet can afford to do the rears!). Happy days!
 

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Just a quick update on this - I ended up having the shocks (Koni FSD), gaiters, bump stops and top mounts replaced and what a difference it has made to the car! It's almost as dramatic as going from RF to non-RF tyres; the ride is just so much better now.
The garage shoved the old shocks in the boot and to be honest they were totally shot - one was leaking anyway but they were just so soft. The top mounts didn't look too bad but as Mike says you can't really tell the condition of the rubber just by looking at it and for the extra few quid it was defintely the way to go. All I need to do now is refit my strut brace and give it whirl down the twisty stuff (and consider if the wallet can afford to do the rears!). Happy days!
good it all worked out well . i bought a outlander type 4x4 the other day and i'm already looking at all new bushes and mounts that on 2009 with 80k on it is about their life same as any car it all sags and gets loose, always better to do all on front then back or in a perfect world all on it at same time,, priced up rear arms and front arms for it hmmm not cheap over £140 a corner for just arms, so think will be buying the bushes loose £100 for the lot me thinks, worn out running gear tends to cause issue when have to stop or turn in a emergency just when you need it to be right,,
 
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