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Old 08-09-2015, 06:36 AM   #1
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Bilstein AK1049 & AK1050 vs. Bilstein 35-125228 & 24-225397 struts & shocks

Hello everyone,

I would like to buy a new set of struts and shocks for my 1992 Trans Am convertible. What is the difference between the Bilstein 35-125228 & 24-225397 struts and shocks compared to the Bilstein AK1049 & AK1050 struts and shocks, and which is better?

I want to buy them either today or tomorrow at the latest. Please let me know your thoughts, experiences, knowledge and opinions since this is a very important (and expensive decision)!!!!

Thanks so much!
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Re: Bilstein AK1049 & AK1050 vs. Bilstein 35-125228 & 24-225397 struts & shocks

I think they are about the same. I think I remember reading that the AK series are a bit cheaper but carry a lesser warranty. Probably made to be tossed instead of re-valved when they go bad. Not sure though. I put the HD's on mine. Rides rougher than stock but handles well. Got the struts through AutoZone when they ran one of those 20% + free shipping internet order deals. Nobody else could tough that price. Got the rear shocks from TireRack. No coupon, but at the time they had the best price. Wherever you buy them, make sure the p/n for the shocks/struts are correct when you unbox them. One of my shocks from TireRack was wrong even though the p/n on the box was correct. Bilstein puts a sticker with the p/n right on the shock/strut...which is nice.
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