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 #50465  by pcm0928
 Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:00 am
Hi there,
I am considering to upgrade to heavy duty shocks, ie similar to the shocks used in Tokyo to L.A. Kindly advise what shocks are available.
Cheers
 #50469  by old tech
 Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:54 pm
The rear top shock mounts are barely adequate for the stock kyb s. This will have to be addressed if going heavier. If the stock shocks and struts are in good condition, these cars handle great. When a rear shock or mount begins to fail , handling quickly deteriorates. Make sure your rears are in top notch condition before you make a judgement to modify it.
 #50478  by KuroNekko
 Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:26 am
pcm0928 wrote:Hi there,
I am considering to upgrade to heavy duty shocks, ie similar to the shocks used in Tokyo to L.A. Kindly advise what shocks are available.
Cheers


If I recall correctly, the shocks Motor Trend got for the Kizashis in Tokyo to LA: The Hard Way were produced a company specializing in rally-racing shocks. I think MT mentions the company in either the prep video or article. I recall hearing the name at the time.
That being said, unless you're going offroad a lot, why do you need such heavy duty shocks for a 4 door FWD sedan designed to run on paved roads?
Just in case you're going to say the KYBs fail often at the rear, you should know that there's a known problem caused by the bump stoppers. Getting the revised design helps prevent premature failure of the rear shocks from corrosion. I've noticed some Kizashi owners replacing their rear shocks without replacing the faulty bump stoppers with the revised one. This will just eventually lead to premature failure again.