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Hey all.

I recently replaced my rear driverside shock because it was the worst. The side sagged, slammed when hitting bumps, and was generally uncomfortable. Being on a budget however, I'm replacing one shock at a time. Is this a bad thing, outside of consistency?

I just replaced that shock on Friday and have noticed an increased comfort in that corner lol, but I think the other shocks not being the greatest either are are putting a damper (pun?) on things. The rear still slams a bit going over bumps, but it almost feels like it's still in the corner that I replaced the shock. No idea why.
Not sure what you mean by "slams a bit" If you replaced a shock and the side on the rear is still "slamming" it could be a different part / bushing causing the problem. The shock upper mount is a common ware part and it is very bad, will cause even the new shock to not function correctly, Please see the video attached below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_iEBOGCTG0

Also, as stated, you need to replace them in pairs rear / front, or you will compromise the geometry of your suspension in ways that will cause many kinds of control problems. I understand the $$$ thing, just trying to help:)
 

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Hey all.

I recently replaced my rear driverside shock because it was the worst. The side sagged, slammed when hitting bumps, and was generally uncomfortable. Being on a budget however, I'm replacing one shock at a time. Is this a bad thing, outside of consistency?

I just replaced that shock on Friday and have noticed an increased comfort in that corner lol, but I think the other shocks not being the greatest either are are putting a damper (pun?) on things. The rear still slams a bit going over bumps, but it almost feels like it's still in the corner that I replaced the shock. No idea why.
Not sure what you mean by "slams a bit" If you replaced a shock and the side on the rear is still "slamming" it could be a different part / bushing causing the problem. The shock upper mount is a common ware part and it is very bad, will cause even the new shock to not function correctly, Please see the video attached below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_iEBOGCTG0

Also, as stated, you need to replace them in pairs rear / front, or you will compromise the geometry of your suspension in ways that will cause many kinds of control problems. I understand the $$$ thing, just trying to help:)
 

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In addition to replacing the rear mounts, it is very important to not tighten the lower shock mount bolt till you have the spring under tension. The shock is designed to allow you to install the bolt and just screw it in loosely till you have the weight of the car on the rear control arm, thus positioning the bottom of the shock bushing in a non loaded position while at normal height, otherwise you will put a constant stress on the bushing causing premature failure.
 
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