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Old 08-22-2010, 09:49 AM   #1
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I have a '98 coupe with 80K, and know the shocks are going to need replacing at some point. They "feel' OK now but was wondering at what mileage should I look at replacement.
I know every car will be different but I don't want to wait until they are shot and I don't want to replace unneccesarly.. At what mileage did those of you that have replaced shocks do so???
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Your either due or past due. Shocks wear out very slowly and you seldom feel the reduced handling unless you ride in a car with new ones or install new ones. What suspension option do you have??

One of the best shock up grades is the C6 ZO6 shocks. Yep,,, they are an OEM fit and will significantly improve the handling capability of the C5.

Have you ever had the feeling that your C5 was going to skip of the highway in a high speed entrance ramp curve?? My ZO6 even did it. Up-grading to the C6 ZO6 shocks eliminated that!

Gene Culley has them for $250 ish for all four. www.gmpartshouse.com

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Your either due or past due. Shocks wear out very slowly and you seldom feel the reduced handling unless you ride in a car with new ones or install new ones. What suspension option do you have??

One of the best shock up grades is the C6 ZO6 shocks. Yep,,, they are an OEM fit and will significantly improve the handling capability of the C5.

Have you ever had the feeling that your C5 was going to skip of the highway in a high speed entrance ramp curve?? My ZO6 even did it. Up-grading to the C6 ZO6 shocks eliminated that!

Gene Culley has them for $250 ish for all four. www.gmpartshouse.com

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Will Z06 shocks work on my 99 Coupe with the Z51 suspension?
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:34 AM   #4
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C6 Z-06 shocks ae a direct bolt in replacement for all years/models of the C5 (except those with selective or magnetic ride control options)

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C6 Z-06 shocks ae a direct bolt in replacement for all years/models of the C5 (except those with selective or magnetic ride control options)
They also fit and work well on C5's with selective or magnetic ride control options,,,,,,,, BUT,,,, you have to deprogram the F55 and F45 from the BCM using the TECH 2 or use resistors inplace of the shocks for the F-45. Other wise the BCM and RTD module will throw DTCs and limit you to 80 MPH.

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Old 08-22-2010, 12:48 PM   #6
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I bought my 98 with 70k at 72k I replaced the shocks with C6Z06 shocks from Gene.
It was like a new car again. At 75k I got rid of the run flats Its even better now

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They also fit and work well on C5's with selective or magnetic ride control options,,,,,,,, BUT,,,, you have to deprogram the F55 and F45 from the BCM using the TECH 2 or use resistors inplace of the shocks for the F-45. Other wise the BCM and RTD module will throw DTCs and limit you to 80 MPH.

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How much does that cost using a tech 2?
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How much does that cost using a tech 2?
Or how much can you get a decent shape Tech 2 used?
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What suspension option do you have??

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It is standard suspension.. I am checking with the previous owner to see if he has any info on if they have been replaced. If not, then I will make that my next project.
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Or how much can you get a decent shape Tech 2 used?
New Tech 2 is about $4000.

I got mine used for $1000

The dealer will charge you one hour labor.. You will get a less charge from a Service Garage that has one.

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New Tech 2 is about $4000.

I got mine used for $1000

The dealer will charge you one hour labor.. You will get a less charge from a Service Garage that has one.

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I'd be willing to pay $1000, but not $4000.
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New Tech 2 is about $4000.

I got mine used for $1000

The dealer will charge you one hour labor.. You will get a less charge from a Service Garage that has one.

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So 60-80 bucks to tune them out, that's not to bad
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Your either due or past due. Shocks wear out very slowly and you seldom feel the reduced handling unless you ride in a car with new ones or install new ones. What suspension option do you have??

One of the best shock up grades is the C6 ZO6 shocks. Yep,,, they are an OEM fit and will significantly improve the handling capability of the C5.

Have you ever had the feeling that your C5 was going to skip of the highway in a high speed entrance ramp curve?? My ZO6 even did it. Up-grading to the C6 ZO6 shocks eliminated that!

Gene Culley has them for $250 ish for all four. www.gmpartshouse.com

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i have a 99 C5 with selective ride and it feels like skipping more than i can expect from a sports car
i have toggled the selective ride to all options but it doesn't feels any better (rigid),, they all feel almost the same,,
am i having a problem with my selective ride (no DIC)??
is it easy to place those resistors if installed Z06 shocks??
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i have a 99 C5 with selective ride and it feels like skipping more than i can expect from a sports car
i have toggled the selective ride to all options but it doesn't feels any better (rigid),, they all feel almost the same,,
am i having a problem with my selective ride (no DIC)??
is it easy to place those resistors if installed Z06 shocks??
Those F-45 shocks did very little for my driving experience. Complete waste of cash for me. When they wear, it takes away from the driving pleasure. What makes it even worse, you have the worst sway bars for handling.

So,,,,find some C5 Z51 sway bars, C5 ZO6 sway bars or C6 Z51 sway bars and some metal end links, toss in some new C6 ZO6 and you will have a significantly different car that you will really enjoy driving.

It isn't really a significant investment either.

If it were me,,, I would have the F-45 deprogrammed out of the BCM with a Tech II. The resistors are not difficult to install for someone that can solder.

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find some C5 Z51 sway bars, C5 ZO6 sway bars or C6 Z51 sway bars and some metal end links
which sway bar is best among these three??
what end links you recommend,, aftermarket or take offs from better vettes?
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which sway bar is best among these three??
what end links you recommend,, aftermarket or take offs from better vettes?
Look in the used C5 Parts section or C6 parts section. Used C5 Z or C6 Z51 are excellent. Stock metal OEM end links are excellent. They are stock on the ZO6

If you want NEW,, contact Gene and Patrick at www.gmpartshouse.com

They have great prices on new C6 ZO6 shocks and sway bar stuff, Get their poly bushings also.

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What is the part # to order C6 Z06 shocks?
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Gene and Patrick have the best prices


http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c5-t...rts-house.html

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Z06 Shocks

10313647 – Z06 Front Shocks
25819268 – Z06 Rear Shocks

Both sets of front and rear shocks, total of 4, $246.16
Use part number c6z06shocks on the website to order this kit.

Z06 Sway Bar Kit

25919502 – Front stabilizer bar
20777536 – Rear stabilizer bar
10387838 (2) – Front stabilizer insulators
15262795 (2) – Rear stabilizer insulators

Complete kit front and rear is $230.43
Use part number c6z06bars on the website to order this kit.

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Look in the used C5 Parts section or C6 parts section. Used C5 Z or C6 Z51 are excellent. Stock metal OEM end links are excellent. They are stock on the ZO6

If you want NEW,, contact Gene and Patrick at www.gmpartshouse.com

They have great prices on new C6 ZO6 shocks and sway bar stuff, Get their poly bushings also.

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i found used C6 Z51 bars with stock metal links,, do they fit directly on C5 coupe?
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i found used C6 Z51 bars with stock metal links,, do they fit directly on C5 coupe?
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