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It's a continuous adjustment. You have to compress, and hold, the shaft down until it engages an adjustment slot inside the shock then turn it left or right (can't remember which way) until it stops to get the least rebound dampening effect. If possible you can then compress them both together and release to see that they expand/rebound at about the same rate.

When reinstalling be sure to use max torque on the bottom bolt to reduce chance for up and down movement since that hole in the Koni is larger than the original shock hole, or shim up the hole to fit better. FYI the bottom bolt screws into a captive nut, so don't bend any tools trying to loosen the nut.
 

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It's a continuous adjustment. You have to compress, and hold, the shaft down until it engages an adjustment slot inside the shock then turn it left or right (can't remember which way) until it stops to get the least rebound dampening effect. If possible you can then compress them both together and release to see that they expand/rebound at about the same rate.

When reinstalling be sure to use max torque on the bottom bolt to reduce chance for up and down movement since that hole in the Koni is larger than the original shock hole, or shim up the hole to fit better. FYI the bottom bolt screws into a captive nut, so don't bend any tools trying to loosen the nut.
Okay - thanks. I will have to see what the clearance is on the bottom bolt, and shim it if needed. Is the width about correct on the Koni?
 

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Never understood why people replace perfectly good parts on a new car.
Some people want better parts than the crappy ones that came with the car. Okay... maybe not always replacing crappy parts, just parts that are an improvement over the original ones. Personally, I'm too cheap to do it unless there is a substantial benefit or it's just cheap enough.
 

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Bump - there are NO Bilstein or Koni rear shocks available anywhere here in the US - as far I can tell. Has anyone tried the Monroe shocks or any other better-than-OEM shocks?

PLEASE let us know, if you have a solution?
 

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Koni Shocks and Struts 8240 1293SPORT $145.08
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Estimated Ship Date: Dec 8, 2022
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I installed those same shocks, set to full soft, and found that the rear ride quality was noticeably improved. Too bad I couldn't find front replacements with similar effect. These shocks were as good as adding an extra 400 lbs of weight in the trunk.
 

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The good news for me, though - is the front struts are much better than the rear shocks. Though I'm sure they can be improved, so yes I will be looking to replace them after the rears are installed.
 

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The shocks make the car more willing to turn, and cornering considerably more predictable, but I'd add a rear sway bar in a minute if one were available.

Upgraded front shocks would reduce the effects of the rear ones, IMHO.
Lately, my front passenger side is been rattling at cruise speed ~15-25mph...and I wanted to swap out a pair of softer shocks, as close to air suspension as possible LoL...can anyone recommend brand that would fit out first generation bolts? Thanks 🙏
 

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At the risk of resurrecting an old thread - any opinions on this?

I'd like to go with upgraded rear shocks. I'm a huge fan of Bilstein and I know that One1Wahoo. has gone with the Bilstein B6 24-171687 (Cruze fitment). However others (including EV-MODS) offer a Koni equivalent. While I would love to have Bilsteins in there, I wonder if a shock intended for the much-lighter Cruze might be under-damped; hence would an adjustable Koni be a better choice for retrofitting into a Bolt, than a non-adjustable Bilstein, since it can be dialed up a bit?

Thanks for your advice..
Lately, my front passenger side is been rattling at cruise speed ~15-25mph...and I wanted to swap out a pair of softer shocks, as close to air suspension as possible LoL...can anyone recommend brand that would fit out first generation bolts? Thanks 🙏
 

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I would like to just tame the rear bounce on my EV, 22 now, 21 was the same. Front is fine.
Like riding around with a full diaper....
 

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Lately, my front passenger side is been rattling at cruise speed ~15-25mph...and I wanted to swap out a pair of softer shocks, as close to air suspension as possible LoL...can anyone recommend brand that would fit out first generation bolts? Thanks 🙏
Options for the front are OEM or full on coilovers. Nobody makes any alternatives.
 

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EV-Mods definitely does NOT have the Bilsteins - I ordered them two different times from them and both times they canceled my order due to lack of stock.

I will cross my fingers that Summit has them! I just ordered a pair ...
 

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The Bilstein shocks have shipped from Summit Racing!

So if you need these - there are only 3 shocks available ...

Hopefully this situation gets better - there are a lot of Bolt EVs out there.
 
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