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Product Spotlight: Shocks & Struts


When it’s time to replace shocks and struts, some of the latest parts you’ll find offer superior comfort and the ability to adjust to the road without any disruptions in the ride or handling. Many brands cover an array of vehicle models and provide extensive warranties to get the most out of the product. Some current options are included below.

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Arnott recently released the rebuilt OE front air shocks for 2007-12 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans. According to the company, the shock features a new rubber air spring bladder manufactured by Continental Contitech. New features include an improved upper seal design and O-ring sealing technology, rather than the original epoxy that cracked, causing leaks and other damage. Each shock is covered under a lifetime warranty, Arnott added.

Bilstein Street Rod shocks are designed to provide the ultimate ride with superior comfort and performance. Each shock is 100% hand-assembled in the U.S. and is independently valved, front and rear, for the specific application, according to Bilstein. Coil-over or smooth-body aluminum and steel body models are available for stock to fully-custom applications, in both coil-over and non coil-over options.

Federal Mogul
Federal Mogul said its Moog steering and suspension brand offers complete strut assemblies to help tire dealers save time while performing comprehensive, high-quality repairs. Moog complete strut assemblies are fully pre-assembled for fast, easy, bolt-on installation and feature a premium nitrogen gas-charged strut engineered specifically for the corresponding application, according to Federal Mogul. To help shops avoid leakage concerns associated with many lesser quality struts, Moog engineers developed a unique triple piston rod seal design that helps lock out contaminants and prevent fluid loss. Each strut also features a highly polished, hard-chrome finish piston rod for superior strength and sealing performance, and a sophisticated valving technology that provides OE-style ride quality and control, the company added.

Gabriel said its newly expanding ReadyMount line is one of the broadest lines available, growing by more than 50 SKUs to almost 200 SKUs. Forty of these premium pre-assembled struts are new/first-to-market applications that can’t be found anywhere else, according to the maker. All new Gabriel pre-assembled ReadyMount designs are precision engineered, component and unit tested, then fit and ride tested to ensure quality, durability and performance, the company added.

According to KYB, its Gas-A-Just shocks use higher gas pressure to keep tires glued to the road. The Gas-A-Just shocks’ velocity-sensitive valving system adjusts quickly to changing road conditions for maximum comfort in any situation, the company said. Additionally, their monotube configuration eliminates aeration and foaming; their micro-smooth, hard-chromed pistons extend life; and their seamless cylinders and eyerings completely eliminate seam failures.

Fully guaranteed Monroe Quick-Strut replacement strut assemblies are available with an exclusive damping technology that enables tire dealers to meet the unique demands of today’s domestic and foreign nameplate vehicles, according to the manufacturer. Quick-Strut assemblies for foreign nameplate vehicles feature the Monroe brand’s revolutionary OESpectrum struts, which provide exceptional control without the unwanted noise, vibration and harshness commonly encountered in vehicles with lighter-weight suspensions and low-profile tires, the company added.

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