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My car ('87 5000 CSTQ) is in dire need of front shocks (actually strut
inserts). I have read the previous discussions in this list about the
various shocks and am leaning towards the Boge since I don't want to
make the ride too stiff - after all its my daily driver and the family-hauler.
I have a few questions though:
1. Glen mentioned the Koni Sport adjustables. How is the ride compared to
the Boges? Are they externally adjustable or does everything have to come out?
Also, do the Konis come with a lifetime warranty like the Boges?
2. There are apparently two types of Boge struts - the plain hydraulic
which are an OEM equivalent and the Boge Turbogas which are little stiffer
and offer better handling and cost slightly more. Any one have any
recommendations - the plain hydraulics vs. the Turbogas?
My Audi dealer is willing to install the front strut inserts for $90 (both,
labor only) which I figure is a good deal. The parts guy suggests I get the
Boges ($88 each for hydraulic or $99 each for Turbogas, after the usual 10%
discount he gives me) instead of the OEM Sachs. He`ll also give the lifetime
I found that I can get the Boge Turbogas at $65 each including S&H from
a mail-order place (ND 800-683-2890). I have to find out if the dealer
will install shocks supplied by me.
3. Is $90 reasonable for installing the strut inserts? On a 5000, the job
is straight-forward - the strut inserts can be removed and installed through
the hole in the shock towers without removing the strut assembly or compressing
the spring. A special tool is needed though (an extra long socket to open the
strut cap) which I don't have (over $100 for the tool itself).
Any ideas/suggestions will be helpful. Thanks.