68-69 front shocks

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68-69 front shocks

Post by skin daddio » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:23 am

what are you using on the fronts, recommendations?

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Post by bretski » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:59 am

I run the German-made Boge shocks that Bus Depot sells. No complaints.

I'm sure some Koni folks will chime in... :D
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Post by hambone » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:27 am

KYB all around.
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Post by Manfred » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:38 am

I went off roading with Chitwvw with weekend and my Boges shocks worked great. 78 Westy.

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Post by skin daddio » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:43 am

bretski wrote:I run the German-made Boge shocks that Bus Depot sells. No complaints.

I'm sure some Koni folks will chime in... :D
seems like koni shocks will never be available for the earliest of bays, unless i can do something with mrs. koni. not too sure about the german boge either.. if they got a fit, they got a customer.
hambone wrote:KYB all around.
may might hafta go that route..

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Post by bretski » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:56 am

skin daddio wrote:seems like koni shocks will never be available for the earliest of bays, unless i can do something with mrs. koni. not too sure about the german boge either.. if they got a fit, they got a customer.
AFAIK, they'll fit early and late bays.
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Post by Amskeptic » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:47 pm

bretski wrote:
skin daddio wrote:seems like koni shocks will never be available for the earliest of bays, unless i can do something with mrs. koni. not too sure about the german boge either.. if they got a fit, they got a customer.
AFAIK, they'll fit early and late bays.
'68-'69 are different . . . the front beams and shock towers were changed in 1970 to fit the new sooper dooper frame rails.
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Post by bretski » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:31 pm

Yes, I probably should have been more specific in that there are separate Boge part numbers for 68-69 bays...says applicable for late model splits, too:

http://busdepot.com/details.jsp?partnumber=211413031F

I have a feeling these are not German-made, given the price Ron lists.
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Post by skin daddio » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:17 pm

bretski wrote:I have a feeling these are not German-made, given the price Ron lists.
:-s

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Post by static » Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:48 am

After a couple of decades of KYB Gas-adjusts all around, I switched to GR2's up front. Much happier.
And yes, I go on Jeep roads with 'em.

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Post by hambone » Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:27 am

I don't understand the unhappiness with KYBs offroad, I find them to be perfectly suited for even the most horrendous potholed washboard.
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Post by skin daddio » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:12 pm

bret, i read in a samba thread that ron likes to advertise things as german if the company has orifices in germany; if they're actually made in another place, that's not his problem. could or not be one of those fine-print cases..

gotta get sssomething for the fronts. nearly obsolete is downright.. not so cool!

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Post by bretski » Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:25 am

skin daddio wrote:bret, i read in a samba thread that ron likes to advertise things as german if the company has orifices in germany; if they're actually made in another place, that's not his problem. could or not be one of those fine-print cases..

gotta get sssomething for the fronts. nearly obsolete is downright.. not so cool!
Yup, I've experienced the same thing. Always call and specifically ask the country of manufacture.

Curiousity killed the cat, so I started hunting around...I'd be inclined to give the Bilstein or KYB GR2 a try:

http://www.bilsteinus.com/cart/index.ph ... 693&zenid=

Couldn't find a direct part number link on KYB's website, but the major vendors all stock them...Hambone, do you have the gas-adjusts all around? When searching around, I found a lot of early bay folks running gas-adjusts in rear and GR2s in front (our buddy Static included!).

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Post by vistacruzer » Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:02 am

bus depo has lots of koni's made every once in a while i got some $109 each sold in sets only front and rear $436 dam they are nice love the ride and even the crosswind are easier to handle... the kyb's give a solid ride... no complaints :pirate:
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Post by skin daddio » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:16 am

brah, you get salmon or anybody on the planet to ship me two sets of 68-69 front konis and i'll make sure you have a half keg of your favorite porter. anywhere you want it in western oregon.

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