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> Rear Suspension and Brake Refresh, Going over my plan and seeing what else you guys think
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post Oct 9 2019, 10:55 AM
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Hey guys,

Starting winter projects: Rear Brakes/Suspension are up first.

-This is a street/daily driver. Just trying to get the sagging ass up and improve the ride quality. -

So far I've got New:
100lb Weltmesiter Springs
914rubber upper and lower shock rubber bushings

Plan is to buy:
KYG 9003 Struts
Rear control arm bushings (suggestions?)
Rear Caliper Rebuild Kit (If that seems beyond me I will send to PMB)

Discs and Pads will be addressed as needed once I get it all apart. Turn the discs if needed or replace with new pads. We shall see.

Any suggestions on anything else with the rear brakes/suspension??

Thanks all! -Rob

Front Suspension/Brakes will be part 2 of the project. Just trying to keep it manageable and on budget ish
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post Oct 9 2019, 11:01 AM
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Just say NO to KYB struts. Spend the money on Bilsteins. You wont be dissapointed.
Always do new brake soft lines if you don't know or cant remember when they were last done.
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post Oct 9 2019, 11:51 AM
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Hope your budget is $1800.


Might as well do adjustable perches for the Billy's.


Do the bushings yourself and the alignment. You will learn a lot and it's not that hard.


You should check and repack the CV's while you are there and with all that said may never have to touch the rear suspension ever....at least it depends how old you are and have the car.

Good wrenching.
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post Oct 9 2019, 12:02 PM
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QUOTE(mepstein @ Oct 9 2019, 10:01 AM) *
Just say NO to KYB struts

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post Oct 9 2019, 05:13 PM
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PMB is the benchmark for caliper rebuilds, but I had good luck rebuilding my own with caliper paint and parts bought from PMB. Eric can also just plate your caliper halves if you take them apart first. Change out the brake hoses too.

No KYBs! They're cheaper for a reason. My Koni reds (rear shocks) started leaking, so I pulled the nice looking KYB's off my parts car. They had Weltmeister 140lb springs on them and the car rode like it had no suspension at all. I put new Koni adjustable shocks (with 3 clicks from full soft) in the 140 springs and I really like the ride. Firm, but compliant. I put 100 miles a day on I-5, and still have my kidneys. My car doesn't have sway bars.

I only have experience with rubber suspension bushings. I would probably use original type rubber or maybe a little firmer for a daily.
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post Oct 9 2019, 05:31 PM
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Better off spending more now rather than might being unhappy later. Deduct what ever you spend on KYBs from the upgrade. Koni yellows are nice due to the ex adj feature. Have a look at Paragon's site. Struts and shocks are prob one of the most rewarding tasks on a 914. 2-4 hours and you have a new car. Inspect the bushings on the tie rods.
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post Oct 9 2019, 06:23 PM
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As others said, don't use KYB.
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KYB= Kill Your Back. If you want to feel every pebble on the road, stay a way from KYB.
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post Oct 10 2019, 07:40 AM
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Awesome, thanks for the input guys.

Sounds like Koni or Bilstein for the shocks and I'll add new brake soft hoses to the list.
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post Oct 10 2019, 07:41 AM
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@Tbrown4x4 did I see you by the Olympia airport a few days ago? Great looking car!
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post Oct 11 2019, 04:54 AM
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I was down that way for a wedding , but we took the Wife's Focus.

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