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34 year old shocks (1/5)
 1/28/21 2:29pm
Kenlou
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Washington, IL - USA

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1986 Coupe. This is from the 1989 VH1 sweepstakes. I won this car in a sweepstakes from thelostcorvettes.com this September. It only has 40,000 miles on it and I am going to spend the winter doing minor things to it. It runs and looks great.


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I have a 1986 corvette that had been sitting in a New York city parking garage for over 25 years. It has bilstein shocks. Do you think those should be replaced?

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Re: 34 year old shocks (2/5)
 2/9/21 6:28pm
Vette86
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1993 40th Anniversary Black Rose LT-1 ZF 6-speed (now sold) 1986 Coupe L-89 Silver/Beige Automatic (just sold) 1985 Coupe Metallic Grey Automatic L-89 Cast Iron Heads


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Probably a good idea, as the valves inside the shocks are dried out, due to lack of movement of the internal fluid. Changed mine a few years ago, quite a difference in handling and comfort. Check out RockAuto and suppliers like that for deals. Some of the Corvette guys (Eckler's) run specials sometimes.

Re: 34 year old shocks (3/5)
 2/10/21 7:14am
Atchafalaya
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Kenlou said:

I have a 1986 corvette that had been sitting in a New York city parking garage for over 25 years. It has bilstein shocks. Do you think those should be replaced?



Absolutely.

There's going to be a handful of 36y/o parts that need replacement to be road worthy.

Re: 34 year old shocks (4/5)
 2/15/21 10:55am
StingrayHawaii
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Currently own: 1996 Collector Edition Coupe, LT4, 6 speed, grey interior 1982 Red on red, 58k orig miles, 1970 Maroon, Lt Saddle, Convertible, 350, 4 speed with Air


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Yep, my experience is almost everything rubber needs to be replaced and a lot of plastic parts in the engine compartment probably should be replaces too.  Tires, belts, spark plug wires, hoses and such over about 15 years old are starting to go, tires should be replaced as 6-7 years just due to age.  

Some of the rubber and plastic can be replaced a little at a time as they fail and you are working in that area.  But major rubber and plastic parts that are part of the driveline need to be replaced!  I have replaced some parts that were replaced before because they are going bad again!  These cars are 30-40 years old.  They just look like a new modern car, but the are truly antiques!  Rubber and plastics go bad with heat, age and sunlight!

 



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Re: 34 year old shocks (5/5)
 2/23/21 4:11pm
Our-83
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1983


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Totally agree ... just replaced shocks in our 83 ... didn’t really need it but you know - think it’s a good idea every 37 years whether it needs it or not. 

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