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#4750208 - 05/07/18 02:08 PM Rear Shocks
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Registered: 01/01/12
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My daughters 2012 Mazda 6 needs rear shocks. I was thinking of doing this myself - or should I have a shop do it? Any brand of shock I should avoid? Any brand you recommend? Thanks in advance.

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#4750223 - 05/07/18 02:36 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn]
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Originally Posted By: greasegunn
My daughters 2012 Mazda 6 needs rear shocks. I was thinking of doing this myself - or should I have a shop do it? Any brand of shock I should avoid? Any brand you recommend? Thanks in advance.



ehhhh Imports can be tricky. Learned this hard way with my brothers LS400 And other bro's Camry


Monroe/KYB have been good for me and Monroe always has some rebate/promotion going on


AVOID Gabriel at AZ 100% garbage




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#4750246 - 05/07/18 03:11 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn]
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I'd go OEM, Bilstein, or Koni.
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#4750311 - 05/07/18 04:34 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn]
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#4750321 - 05/07/18 04:45 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: rooflessVW]
Dave1027 Offline


Registered: 05/02/18
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Loc: California
Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
I'd go OEM, Bilstein, or Koni.


+1 to those recommendations.

OP, your best bet is to search youtube or a forum dedicated to that generation Mazda's for a DIY. That will be your best information regarding this topic. I can tell you that the times I did rear shock replacements, it was a very easy job. Not much harder than changing oil. The hardest part was taking the wheels off and putting them back on.

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#4750350 - 05/07/18 05:19 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn]
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Any half way decent shock will be miles better than the worn out stuff on there.

Yeah, Bilstiens and Koni's are good, but for a daughter run-around car ...
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#4750351 - 05/07/18 05:19 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn]
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Bilstein makes shocks for your 2012 Mazda 6, so that would be my choice smile

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#4750355 - 05/07/18 05:23 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn]
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2012? How many miles? My Mazda3 is a 2012 (88,000 miles) and is nowhere near needing shocks.

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#4750369 - 05/07/18 05:46 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: DBMaster]
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Registered: 02/21/11
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Originally Posted By: DBMaster
2012? How many miles? My Mazda3 is a 2012 (88,000 miles) and is nowhere near needing shocks.


Road conditions and driving styles have a big input on how long shocks/struts last on a vehicle.
Just because your car is fine doesn't negate some one else's experience.

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#4750405 - 05/07/18 06:25 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn]
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i put bottom of the barrel Monroe shocks that were so cheap they had no warranty on the Sentra 90K miles ago and they are just starting to go bad.
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#4750421 - 05/07/18 06:37 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn]
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OE from the dealer.
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#4750462 - 05/07/18 07:14 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn]
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You may also want to replace the rear upper strut mounts as well.
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#4750470 - 05/07/18 07:22 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn]
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Registered: 10/09/11
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Loc: USA
Its a shame,with the state of technology today that every choice....be it Monroe,Gabriel,Boge,KYB,Koni,Bilstein,etc.....isn't worthy of consideration.Just goes to show,just because things are supposed to get better/smarter/more technologically advanced,doesnt mean it really is.

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#4750482 - 05/07/18 07:32 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn]
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Since you have had luck w KYB, I would go with them, especially cost. If cost not a factor, get bilstein. If you go Gabriel, get the guardians, not the ultras.
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#4750484 - 05/07/18 07:34 PM Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn]
Richie Offline


Registered: 06/10/04
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Loc: Valencia, CA
Bilstein

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