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83Mazda626LX

Where can I get shocks that'll fit my `83? (And any other mechanical tips you might have)

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Hi folks. I live in California and just got ahold of an `83 626 LX automatic.

It needs shocks. What are my options? So far, having trouble sourcing them.

Also, any other tips for a n00b you might have re: this car would be much appreciated. Thanks for any help in advance!

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7 hours ago, Rotated6_2 said:

Thank you!


Follow-up question: my car originally has the auto-adjustable shock option (buttons on the dash). Can I use shocks which don't adjust electrically / automatically? (I don't care if the auto-adjust system doesn't work; I just need to replace these worn-out shocks.)

 

EDIT: One shop has since told me that non-adjustable shocks will, in fact, NOT work. :(

Anyone have possible solutions?

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Standard fix - replace electronic with stock shockers. The electronic ones require you to sell a kidney to afford purchasing them. Most guys I know who have replaced the electronic ones, say they do not notice the difference.

 

 

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6 hours ago, Rotated6_2 said:

Standard fix - replace electronic with stock shockers. The electronic ones require you to sell a kidney to afford purchasing them. Most guys I know who have replaced the electronic ones, say they do not notice the difference.

 

 

Thank you! And that's the route I'm going to go. I was initially confused because every source I contacted about doing this told me, "No, it can't be done".

I'm now realizing that, "No, it can't be done" probably means:
"No, it can't be done because my database is telling me it won't work", or...
"No, I can't sell you standard shocks for this application because I don't want to be responsible if anything goes wrong."

How about the other parts associated with the struts? Do I need to use the old ones which came with the electronic ones, or can I swap those with standard parts as well?

 

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The springs differ from AAS to standard suspension, but the bottom seat is similar if not the same, keep the top seat from the AAS, and use a mount for non AAS. This will work for the front. Rear springs are similar or the same for aas or standard, as are mounts. I might have some front mounts around, but they do not have bearings.

 

Alternatively, I am using GE struts and lowing springs with GC top mounts, these will be a very tight fit at the knuckle with washers inside the strut-to-knuckle brackets, but they will go. Haven't had it out on the road yet with this set up. Before that I was using factory GE struts with the GE mounts, which I had to slot the mounting holes a bit to fit at the top.

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