Bilstein Shock Questions on 740

Discussion in 'Volvo 740' started by Jamie, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    I've been reading many of the posts here regarding shocks/struts. It
    seems Bilstein is a highly regarded shock and I am considering either
    the HD or the Touring Class.

    The Touring Class seems to be a better price, but I've read it's stiff
    on the 240. Is it also stiff on the 740?

    I have no experience with Boge, KYB, Koni or Bilstein. What do I want
    out of a shock? Well, I would hope to have a comfortable ride, yet
    controlled, responsive handling.

    This is not a turbo, but it is not a Lincoln Town Car either.

    So, the questions I have are:

    1) Which rides stiffer, the Bilstein HD or the Bilstein TC on a 740
    sedan?

    2) When I see on eBay, "Set of 4 Bilstein HD shocks for 740 Volvo",
    does this mean all 4 are shocks, or are there 2 shocks and 2 struts?
    Don't I need 2 shocks and 2 struts and NOT 4 shocks?

    3) Money matters. So, what is the best deal for a ride that would be
    just 1 notch above factory? Should I consider the Boge Turbo Gas or
    Boge Pro Gas, or maybe a Koni?

    Thanks!
     
    Jamie, Apr 5, 2006
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  2. Jamie

    User Guest

    Since the front struts have replaceable inserts most people call the
    inserts shocks.

    Bob
     
    User, Apr 5, 2006
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  3. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Thanks. The ads I saw for these had no pictures, and I didn't know if
    people put 4 shocks on a Volvo.
     
    Jamie, Apr 5, 2006
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  4. Boge (part of the ZF group) are the manufacturers of the Volvo OEM shock
    absorbers. If you are after constant ride height with comfort then you may
    have to fork out for a pair of Boge "Nivomats". They are expensive granted,
    but will last about ten years and can be fitted with standard or heavy duty
    springs on rear suspension. I would tend to go for Boge Gas strut shock
    absorbers and replace the swivel ball joints and top mountings at same time.
    If your car is approaching or past ten years old then replace the suspension
    bushings throughout, standard are perfectly adequate, including anti-roll
    bar link kits. We have pretty active modifications and performance forums on
    the VOC website where a wealth of information can be gleaned from people
    like Don Norchi.

    All the best, Peter.

    700/900/90 Register Keeper,
    Volvo Owners Club (UK).
     
    Peter K L Milnes, Apr 6, 2006
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  5. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Peter thanks,
    It's a 1987, so it's near 20 years old with 200,000 miles. I bought the
    IPD front bushing kit, and plan on getting lower ball joints. Not sure
    about the top mountings.

    I don't think I'll do Nivomat. I may just do the Boge Gas strut shock
    if I can save money and if the OEM Volvo ride was good.

    Regards,
    Jamie
     
    Jamie, Apr 6, 2006
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  6. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Jamie, Apr 6, 2006
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  7. Bilsteins touring and synthetic rubber bushes are real nice as are the 225
    x 16 x 50 Fulda tires or tyres .I put the tyres at 40 psi and they are good
    ..
     
    John Robertson, Apr 6, 2006
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  8. Jamie that looks similar, although not the same as standard Volvo top
    mounts. They should have a lot more rubber in them, check with your car's
    mounts. What you need is the same as fitted to your car. So ask for strut
    top mounts for your car's VIN to ensure the correct item. Did you try IPD?
    They can be more helpful than FCP at Groton (Conn) as they are Volvo
    specialists. They do mail order. UK price for these from German,Swedish &
    French is £22.5 (£38.25) each or £45 ($76.5) per pair.

    All the best, Peter.

    700/900/90 Register Keeper,
    Volvo Owners Club (UK).
     
    Peter K L Milnes, Apr 7, 2006
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  9. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Thanks Peter, just wanted to be sure you weren't talking about strut
    bushings - those are much cheaper.

    Now, what was that saying again? Was it "Volvo - I roll" or "Volvo -
    where'd all my money go?"

    :)

    Cheers mate - the next pint's on me if it's a pint of Guinness!
     
    Jamie, Apr 7, 2006
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  10. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Thanks Peter, just wanted to be sure you weren't talking about strut
    bushings - those are much cheaper.

    Now, what was that saying again? Was it "Volvo - I roll" or "Volvo -
    where'd all my money go?"

    :)

    Cheers mate - the next pint's on me if it's a pint of Guinness!
     
    Jamie, Apr 7, 2006
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