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      08-08-2011, 09:44 AM   #1
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Cool What do people do with their OEM shocks when they get new ones?

Is it possible to sell them, even for a little $? Or do you just keep them around in case you have to switch back?

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      08-08-2011, 11:18 AM   #2
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I generally keep them, though you could sell them depending on what condition they are in. I wouldn't want to buy someone's stock suspension with 50k miles on it for instance. :P
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Yeah you can sell them, though it would just be for a little $. But if you know you're going to need them back later, such as for a lease return, it's probably better to just keep it if you have the space.
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Is it possible to sell them, even for a little $? Or do you just keep them around in case you have to switch back?

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Keep em..u never know if u want or have to go back to stock..also you will eventually need to rebuild your aftermarket dampers..so having the OEM set around will allow you to switch back
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      08-08-2011, 02:00 PM   #5
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Gotcha, thanks. And it's not like the shocks take up a lot of space anyway.
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Some people send their stock shocks for revalving and they change the shock oil with one with different viscosity. I've known a few VW gearheads who managed to achieve some pretty impressive results by revalving their stock shocks and struts.
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always wise to keep them -- never know when you will need them (plus you probably won't get that much $$ for them anyway!)
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I threw the OEM shocks in the trash which is what BMW should have done with them instead of putting them on the car.

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Thanks! Great advice from everyone. I loved captainaudio's comment.

I'm still confused by why manufacturers don't offer this type of thing more often as an option.
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      08-10-2011, 12:31 PM   #10
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because it's more $$. multiply the cost by the 100s of thousands of cars bmw sells, and you'll see why saving a few bucks on a part makes a big difference.



fwiw, I dumpstered my old shocks.
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      08-10-2011, 12:34 PM   #11
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Of course, but they can always mark up the package to get the $ back... and you would get a zillion awesome reviews about a car that is "magical" -- rides soft on bumps and corners hard, etc... no??
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depends on how much that markup is. A retail product is going to have a way way higher price than a mass produced OEM part. I'm sure if it made financial sense for bmw, they'd have done it already.

Of course there is the possibility that koni isn't able to produce that many shocks/struts for a major manufacterer.. FSDs come standard on Lambo Gallardos, but how many of those are sold compared to BMWs .
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      08-10-2011, 05:02 PM   #13
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Good point... could be a mass-manufacturing issue (and in fact, I've seen a few more threads than I would like mentioning Koni FSD defects on delivery)... or it could even be a patent issue.
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You should def. keep them if they still work fine. You'll never know when the AM ones might blow out or something of that nature. For me, mine are completely dead and aren't worth fixing unless you're a pro or have too much time on your hands. There are people selling their stock suspension too. It might be a good thing if you wanna sell them because there are always those people that loose theirs and want to return to stock or have to due to leases or growing older etc... its really debatable but i personally would put them up as testing waters and see if it is worth it?
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I'm keeping mine just because you never know if you want to go back...or if you sell the car and the buyer doesn't want the car low.....or if you want to sell your aftermarket setup when you get rid of the car...
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All great points, thanks! I will keep mine too.
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