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'10-'12 vs '13-'14 dampers
I have an early 3.6R and am confused about aftermarket damper availability...
Originally there was little choice...OEM or KYB Excel-G, period (and OEM is made by KYB).
Then the revamped OEM suspension came out ('13/'14), which was reportedly stiffer.
And now I see that there are a couple more aftermarket options available (Cusco and Bilstein), but both are listed only for the later cars.
I am under the impression that the later OEM dampers are a direct swap into the earlier cars. If so, then the aftermarket stuff should be as well, yes? Primitive does list the Cuscos as an option for '10-'14 (and a Cusco doc I found indicates the same part numbers), so I guess that's confirmation?
Here's the root of the question:
I've been running Rallitek lift/load springs for a little while now (+1"F / +1.5"R) and while I am very happy with the lift results and performance when loaded, they are just too much spring for the current dampers when unloaded. Compression is fine, but the car really kicks in rebound. I should mention that the springs went in as part of completely new strut assemblies...these are not new springs on tired dampers. I used OEM group N tophats and the Excel-Gs.
I need more rebound damping, in the rear especially. Can anyone speak to the performance of the Bilstein (B6) or Cusco (Touring A)? Cusco is adjustable (unclear in what way) and claims "140% stiffer" at max setting. Bilstein does not give specifics.
Thanks for any/all info!