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Old 06-02-2019, 04:07 PM   #1
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'13 C6-At What Mileage Did You Change Shocks? Our streets are in dire need of repair. Most of them are concrete and not asphalt and full of potholes and chunks of concrete missing. Basically been this way since I bought the car new in '13. It is mostly a daily driver and is about to turn 50K. Would like a better ride quality and less bone jarring.
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'13 C6-At What Mileage Did You Change Shocks? Our streets are in dire need of repair. Most of them are concrete and not asphalt and full of potholes and chunks of concrete missing. Basically been this way since I bought the car new in '13. It is mostly a daily driver and is about to turn 50K. Would like a better ride quality and less bone jarring.
When in doubt replace the shocks.
50-80 k is typical when replaced on most daily drivers.
In theory if not leaking oil external supposed to be Ok but often the compression and rebound valving internal gets jazzed up fails.
New shocks almost always improves ride and handling.
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'13 C6-At What Mileage Did You Change Shocks? Our streets are in dire need of repair. Most of them are concrete and not asphalt and full of potholes and chunks of concrete missing. Basically been this way since I bought the car new in '13. It is mostly a daily driver and is about to turn 50K. Would like a better ride quality and less bone jarring.
If the roads are real bad you can break off the upper and lower forged aluminum control arms in a C4- C7 Corvette.
Won't take it like a Vintage Musclecars or a 4x4 Truck.

Don't want to hit big potholes with a Corvette.
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Lots of Roads are shitty here in Illinois.
Some are perfect yet smooth as glass.

Some so bad a Semi Truck hits a pothole and tires blowup instant.
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Would like a better ride quality and less bone jarring.
Probably not going to happen in a Vette. We're driving sports cars and not pre-runners. We don't have the suspension travel to bounce or jounce over big bumps. If you're shocks aren't leaking they're probably OK at 50K miles and are about as good as your going to get on the ride. Sorry for the bad news.
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Probably not going to happen in a Vette. We're driving sports cars and not pre-runners. We don't have the suspension travel to bounce or jounce over big bumps. If you're shocks aren't leaking they're probably OK at 50K miles and are about as good as your going to get on the ride. Sorry for the bad news.
I didn't read that from him Gunny.
Missed that.

Not entirely True.
A softer ride can be had with shocks.
Have to purchase aftermarket racing shocks.
Double adjustable on compression and rebound.
They usually coli over shock models.
Cam leave the coil springs off and use as is.
From Strange Engineering.
Viking shocks....been told so so quality on them.

Carrea used to build custom shocks for Corvettes.
Factory stock on Porsche.

Set the shocks to full soft on all 4 corners.
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Probably not going to happen in a Vette. We're driving sports cars and not pre-runners. We don't have the suspension travel to bounce or jounce over big bumps. If you're shocks aren't leaking they're probably OK at 50K miles and are about as good as your going to get on the ride. Sorry for the bad news.
The car Corvette won't instant recover in evasive emergency maneuvers with shocks set full soft.
One big tradeoff.
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A softer ride can be had with shocks.
Only if you want to live your life bouncing off the bump stops. Then it really gets rough. We just don't have enough suspension travel to go 4-wheeling.
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'13 C6-At What Mileage Did You Change Shocks? Our streets are in dire need of repair. Most of them are concrete and not asphalt and full of potholes and chunks of concrete missing. Basically been this way since I bought the car new in '13. It is mostly a daily driver and is about to turn 50K. Would like a better ride quality and less bone jarring.
Bounce each corner of the car. Carefully as they are fragile cars. But get each corner bouncing as good as you can. Then stop. If the corner bounces more than 1 time on its own it is time for shocks.

Alternatively you can look at the body of each shock and see if any oil is leaking out. Either of these are a good indication of shock failure. If the Corvette makes noise when you bounce it then you might need new springs.
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