I have the base suspension with 53,350 miles on it and over 4 years old. Last year I bought a set of used (3,500 miles) LSS dampers/springs for $350 from an EliseTalk member who had upgraded to Ohlins. I hadn't put them on, so I decided to try them out to see if they eliminate or at least diminish the remaining clunking. I have also had squeaking sounds when going over speed bumps, entering my driveway, etc., and was wondering if that could be the shocks as well.
So, on Sunday night, I put the LSS damper/spring units on (took about an hour and half).
I test drove it Sunday night on some good twisty roads, and a bunch of bumps. No squeaking. There was also no clunking, but the temperature was cool so I wasn't expecting any.
By-the-way, with the old shocks, I had tried lubricating the rod multiple times to see if that would eliminate the squeaking. It didn't. But, replacing the shocks did work. I wonder if that was an indicator that something was wrong with the performance of the shocks.
I drove it today for about 130 miles on the freeway in warmer weather, but not what I would consider really hot. Still no clunking, although I think I can feel just a very slight play in the steering judging by a little click I can feel when starting to turn a bit.
Now I just need a really hot day again, but I am on a business trip near the water, so it won't be until Friday that I can really try it. The weather forecast predicts Ramona should hit 101 F that day, so it should be a good test.
If base or LSS shocks are bad, can they be rebuilt (cost effectively with full performance restored), or do they have to be replaced?
Is there a good quantitative way to test the shocks and springs? Preferably a way that can be done by a rig at home.
Last edited by ChrisH; 09-29-2009 at 05:34 PM.