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Rear Shocks #4750208
05/07/18 01:08 PM
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greasegunn Offline OP
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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.

Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn] #4750223
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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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Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn] #4750246
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I'd go OEM, Bilstein, or Koni.


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn] #4750311
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2008 Toyota Yaris 1ND-TV 1.4 D4-D Elf FullTech FE 5w30
1997 Toyota Landcruiser KZJ95 3.0 TD Shell Rimula R6M 10w40
Re: Rear Shocks [Re: rooflessVW] #4750321
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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.

Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn] #4750350
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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 ...


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn] #4750351
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Bilstein makes shocks for your 2012 Mazda 6, so that would be my choice smile

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

Re: Rear Shocks [Re: DBMaster] #4750369
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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.

BC.


2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring (Soul Red)
2015 Porsche Cayman
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Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn] #4750405
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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.


2006 Nissan Sentra 200K miles. How far will it go ?
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT
Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn] #4750421
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OE from the dealer.


2011 Toyota Prius - 181k - M1 EP/EP HM Mix 0W-20
2007 Honda Accord 2.4 - 134K - Mobil 1 EP HM 5W-30
Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn] #4750462
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You may also want to replace the rear upper strut mounts as well.


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Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn] #4750470
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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.

Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn] #4750482
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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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Re: Rear Shocks [Re: greasegunn] #4750484
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