sandange
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Stock Shocks Replacement Options

Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:21 am

My Mileage has been getting up 65,000 miles, (110,000 km) there and I feel I've lost some of that crisp handling/stability and ride comfort.

Was wondering if any one has looked into replacing the stock shocks with equivalent or better.
What Prices they paid , & brand/supplier they dealt with.
Puey Bluey 2014 Miev
103.768 miles, 167,000 km
Previous EVs
Blackie - 2012 ES Miev 2 years - 67,000 km / (41,630 miles)
Total Electric miles driven 145,400 miles (234,000 km)
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Don
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Re: Stock Shocks Replacement Options

Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:44 am

www.rockauto.com has listings for just about any part of any car and they don't have a single listing for either shocks or struts for the iMiEV, which leads me to believe nobody is yet making replacements for our cars

When you look up shocks and struts for most other makes and models, they have half a dozen different choices to pick from. The fact that not one is there for our cars probably means that sadly, there's just nothing out there. Looks like it's OEM units from Mitsu (likely at 3X the price) or nothing for now. It can be tough driving a one of a kind car!

Don
2012 iMiEV SE Premium, White
2012 iMiEV SE, White
2017 Chevy Volt Premier
2014 Ford Transit Connect XLT SWB wagon, 14,000 miles
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sandange
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Re: Stock Shocks Replacement Options

Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:45 pm

Thanks Don
This is what I've experienced also trying to source replacement shocks.
Now I'm hoping to find some that were gently used.
Puey Bluey 2014 Miev
103.768 miles, 167,000 km
Previous EVs
Blackie - 2012 ES Miev 2 years - 67,000 km / (41,630 miles)
Total Electric miles driven 145,400 miles (234,000 km)
http://thecordstead.blogspot.ca/

Phximiev
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Re: Stock Shocks Replacement Options

Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:07 pm

Per Mark Mitsubishi, our 'Miev needs new rear shocks and there are no after-market substitutes. Quoted $399.00 for both rear shocks. Ouch. Anybody have any luck finding an after-market replacement?

Replaced the cabin filter for $35 including tax; MM used a Mirage filter, which they said was the same.
2012 iMIEV ES
2014 Chevy Volt

Don
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Re: Stock Shocks Replacement Options

Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:47 am

How many miles on your car? You should be fine until at least 75K or so on suspension parts. No chance that your dealer is suggesting a change just because he knows he'll be making a mint on a hard to find part, is there? :lol:

There's nothing 'special' about our rear shocks (or the front struts for that matter) except that they fit an iMiEV. If it was a Toyota Corolla, the rear shocks would be $40 each and no doubt, ours don't cost any more than that to manufacture, so $200 each is just . . . . robbery

It might be worthwhile to try to cross reference shocks and struts to see if Mitsu used the same parts on another car
- Maybe a Lancer or something. If you found that to be the case, there are aftermarket suppliers for some of those models. You could also spec them by length, diameter of the studs they mount on and so forth and maybe find a 'suitable substitute' for probably $40 or $50 each, or you could try and find a used set from a lower mileage wreck . . . . at least until the yard discovers that ordinary parts of an iMiEV are actually 'Gold' (or so the dealers think) and then the used prices will probably skyrocket too

Don
2012 iMiEV SE Premium, White
2012 iMiEV SE, White
2017 Chevy Volt Premier
2014 Ford Transit Connect XLT SWB wagon, 14,000 miles
1979 Honda CBX six into six

Phximiev
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Re: Stock Shocks Replacement Options

Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:38 pm

Don wrote:How many miles on your car? You should be fine until at least 75K or so on suspension parts. No chance that your dealer is suggesting a change just because he knows he'll be making a mint on a hard to find part, is there? :lol:


44k or so, I did look at the shocks this morning with another mechanic and they are leaking. I think that you suggestion about trying to match from another vehicle should be investigated. These shouldn't have failed at this time.

And I wonder if they can be repaired?
2012 iMIEV ES
2014 Chevy Volt

Aerowhatt
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Re: Stock Shocks Replacement Options

Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:43 pm

Nothing special (by appearance) about the rear shocks. We just need to pull a part # and then it should be pretty straight forward to find a replacement for between $20 and $50 each. I'll see if I can find one on the labels next time that I am about to hit the shower. ;)

Aerowhatt
2014 cool silver ES, acquired new 4/2015 (42.7ah at ~26K miles)
2014 Labrador Black Pearl ES, acquired new 3/2016 (41.5ah at ~15k miles)

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