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rear shock's and bushes

got the car up on my home made ramps this afternoon to have a good look.
It all looks totally original and untouched so ( after 80K and 10 years) I guess it really is time to start replacing the shock's and bushes.
What shock's would you all recommend for normal ( ie old fart ) driving,having said that I do expect the car to go round corners like it was designed to do.
There seems to be a lot of bushes to be replaced,can these be done in stages or is it
best to bite the bullit and get them all done at once?
This all started with me getting a faulty electric hood mechanism fixed,can't help feeling if I'd just put the hood up and down manually I would be driving round in blissful ignorance.
On balance probably better to start it now than it all coming out at the next MOT.
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same problem as me

replace the whole thing in one go all the bushes ( it is multilink remember ) they all done the same amount of miles and also swap out the springs and the shocks as itwill all be in peices anyway in order to do this

then get it 4 wheel aligned so it dont eat your rear tyres and your set for the forseable future

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If your going to replace your bushes use powerflex.
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I had new rear shocks on my GTV earlies this year, the standards were totally shot, but i replaced them like for like. The handling is fantastic, mind you only found out this week that the rear end was powerflexed, so the shocks havent made a great deal of difference, apart from me no longer headbutting the roof over every bump.

You have to go with what you feel, but yes i would recommend powerflexing the suspension.
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go for konis, not that much more than standard shocks. KYB springs if you want standard ride height or origianl springs (v expensive from dealer)
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I had forgotten about the springs,do these wear out as well? I want to keep the standard ride height.
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KYB do std spec front & rear shocks & springs.

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If you are getting the work done by a garage, autolusso will fit refurbed powdercoated arms with new powerflex bushes for a bit over £400, which is not bad considering the cost of the bushes alone is about £170. If you get the rear shocks and springs done at the same time there should be minimal extra labour involved.
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