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Bilstein Shocks - Best place to buy.

Looking to upgrade the shocks on the 65 - any good deals going on - coupons? Thanks for reading!
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Pretty much same price regardless. Supporting one of our two active members here is nice. John at Opentracker or Shaun at Street or Track.

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Amazon has the cheapest prices in my research. Just ordered some for my truck

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I ordered the street performance Bilsteins from Shaun at Street or Track for my 1970 Mach 1. I've got just under a hundred miles on those shocks and man, are they spiffy! The ride is firm, but not harsh; just as I like it.

Shaun's Bilsteins are specifically calibrated for 1965-1970 Mustangs. Not sure if that's the case with the Amazon Bilsteins. (??)

I recall Shaun posting about a Bilstein sale several years ago, but I haven't seen any sale since. People ask him about sales pretty regularly, but it hasn't happened.

I would suggest you just bite the bullet and go with Street or Track. It's well worth it. If Shaun's Bilsteins just aren't in your budget right now, install some factory style Monroe shocks. Run those until you can afford the Bilsteins. My take is other "performance shocks" aren't worth the price over factory style shocks.

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I'll call Shaun at Street or Track on Monday - Another question? Remember reading a thread about the rear grommets being to small (5/8) and guys were ordering 7/8 any truth to that?
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You might want to consider QA1 or Ride Tech. Both are excellent and cheaper.
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You might want to consider QA1 or Ride Tech. Both are excellent and cheaper.
I couldn't find either shock you mentioned to be cheaper. QA1's cheapest shock for a 1965 mustang that I could find is a QA1 TN401, it is non adjustable and the cheapest price I found was $115. In comparison, John at Opentracker Racing sells the street valved Bilstein shocks for $199 a pair, or just under $100 a shock, this was the cheapest I could find doing a quick Google search. It appears that RideTech only has one shock available for a 1965 mustang, part number 22139852, although it's not really fair to compare it to the Bilstein as it's an adjustable shock but it sells for $185 per shock. Bilstein doesn't appear to offer an adjustable shock for a 1965 mustang but even their most expensive version, the race valved shock, still is only $160 at Opentracker Racing. They do make single adjustable Koni brand shocks but even those are still cheaper than both the QA1 or RideTech, the Koni being $140 a piece whereas the QA1 shocks are $145 and up depending on which version you go with and the RideTech shocks are $185 a piece. To the OP, go with the Bilstein shocks. You can rebuild them, John is a great guy to buy from and a member of the forum and I don't think I've heard of anyone complain after installing a pair of Bilstein's.

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I'd buy through John at Opentracker or Shaun at SOT, their shocks are specifically valved for our cars.
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I have a pair of Bilstein front shocks from Mike Maier for sale. Maybe 1k miles on them before I went to the race shocks. Would let them go for 1/2 of new $, plus actual shipping. Feel free to PM me if interested

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I have a pair of Bilstein front shocks from Mike Maier for sale. Maybe 1k miles on them before I went to the race shocks. Would let them go for 1/2 of new $, plus actual shipping. Feel free to PM me if interested
Unfortunately your shocks for a 1969/1970 car won't work on the OP's 1965 as they're a different length but I'm sure someone else will take you up on your offer.
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You might want to consider QA1 or Ride Tech. Both are excellent and cheaper.
Those are generic 'fit anything' shocks, not custom valved for the Mustang like the Bilstein is.
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I'll call Shaun at Street or Track on Monday - Another question? Remember reading a thread about the rear grommets being to small (5/8) and guys were ordering 7/8 any truth to that?
Awesome! I'll be here!

If you want to do a little more reading here is the link to them on our site - Shock Absorbers
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I'll call Shaun at Street or Track on Monday - Another question? Remember reading a thread about the rear grommets being to small (5/8) and guys were ordering 7/8 any truth to that?
Yes the bushings are sized too small. I ordered replacements off Amazon for $4.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Thanks guys and Flade on the grommets. Shaun will call you later today........Jerry
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Yes the bushings are sized too small. I ordered replacements off Amazon for $4.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Interesting. I don't recall any of our customers mentioning this. Did you buy they from another source perhaps? I'll have to check into this...
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