1981 BMW 3-Series Performance Suspension

    • Bilstein®B6 Series Heavy Duty Shocks
      $137.89from $110.31
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      BMW 3-Series 1981, B6 Series Havy Duty Shocks by Bilstein®, 1 per Pack. Yellow Paint. BILSTEIN B6 gas pressure shocks and struts are designed to mount in the stock location on a range of passenger cars. This superior design...
      Improved safety and sportinessAdded traction and enhanced stability
      # 17169063
    • Bilstein®B8 Series SP Shocks
      $137.89from $110.31
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      BMW 3-Series 1981, B8 Series SP Shocks by Bilstein®, 1 per Pack. Yellow Paint. If you’re looking for a performance lowering shock absorber or strut, the BILSTEIN B8 Sport Series is up to the task. Designed to enhance your...
      Monotube gas pressure constructionHigh-performance shock absorbers and struts designed specifically for lowering springs and production sport vehicle
      # 17171584
    • ST Suspensions®Anti-Sway Bar Kit
      $215.69$172.55
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      BMW 320i E21 1981, Anti-Sway Bar Kit by ST Suspensions®. Boost the handling of your vehicle to more sophisticated levels with premium, one-piece front and rear solid steel sway bars from ST Suspensions. Balanced for neutral...
      Set of front and rear anti-roll sway barsEffectively decreases suspension lean and side-to-side body roll around turns
      # 12527858
    • KW Suspensions®Hydraulic Individual Lift System
      $4,499.99from $3,599.99
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      Universal Hydraulic Individual Lift System by KW Suspensions®. This is a set of 4 hydraulic cylinder units that mount between the spring perch and spring on KW coilovers. These expand to provide 1.8 inches of front and rear lift...
      Hydraulic lift cylinders (located on the coilover body between spring perch and spring) expand to provide 1.8 inches of front and rear vehicle liftAvailable in 4-wheel front and rear, or front-only applications
      # 11472927
    • Energy Suspension®Shock Reservoir Isolator
      $7.68from $6.14
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      Universal Shock Reservoir Isolator by Energy Suspension®. This is a set of polyurethane vibration dampeners that insert between externally mounted shock absorber fluid reservoirs and shocks for off-road applications. Resilient...
      Set of polyurethane vibration dampeners that insert between externally mounted shock absorber reservoirs and shocks for off-road applicationsHigh-density polyurethane provides a superior cushioning effect and resists degrading, drying up, and crumbling the way rubber mounts can
      # 10780487
    • Daystar®Shock and Steering Stabilizer Armor
      $18.74from $14.99
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      Universal Shock and Steering Stabilizer Armor by Daystar®. Surround and protect your shock absorbers, steering stabilizers, or any other tubular underbody pieces from damage and grime discoloration with this set of two polyurethane...
      Set of two snap on cover pieces designed to protect front or rear shocks from dents and damageCan also be used to effectively protect steering stabilizers
      # 4301575
    • Daystar®Custom Shock Boot
      $3.41from $2.73
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      Universal Custom Shock Boot by Daystar®. When it comes to superior suspension performance, Daystar offers protective polyurethane sleeve boots that surround and protect shock absorbers, driveshaft joints, axle joints, and steering...
      Replacement polyurethane boots are available for multiple driveshaft and shock absorber configurationsAvailable in a variety of colors
      # 4301586
    • Rugged Ridge®Shock Boot
      $8.74$6.99
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      Universal Shock Boot by Rugged Ridge®. The Jeep is the original high performance off-road machine, built to perform under the most grueling conditions. But even though it's a capable machine right from the factory, performance...
      Engineered and trail tested exclusively for JeepsOver 3000 products
      # 6894402
    • Hotchkis®Billet Sway Bar Brackets
      $100.94from $80.75
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      Universal Billet Sway Bar Brackets by Hotchkis®. This is a set of two heavy-duty aluminum sway bar mounting brackets designed to provide a higher level of strength with more sophisticated brushed metal looks to match. Anodized...
      Set of two heavy-duty aluminum sway bar mounting brackets7075 grade aluminum construction provides an effective upgrade for applications that require the highest level of strength
      # 4665872
    • Energy Suspension®Shock Eye Bushings
      $2.88from $2.30
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      Universal Shock Eye Bushings by Energy Suspension®. Energy Suspension offers replacement round polyurethane bushings that mount within the open, circular ends of shock absorbers. No matter what design your shock absorber ends have,...
      Choose sets for bayonet end style, half- and full-sized bushings for hourglass style, straight eye, and large race sizesHigh-density polyurethane provides a superior cushioning effect and resists degrading, drying up, and crumbling the way rubber mounts can
      # 10780517
    • Energy Suspension®Shock/Strut Bump Stop Set
      $4.34from $3.47
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      Universal Shock/Strut Bump Stop Set by Energy Suspension®. This is a set of 2 polyurethane bump stops designed for McPherson strut style shock absorbers which prevent damage when the end of suspension travel is reached. Resilient...
      Set of 2 polyurethane bump stops designed for McPherson strut style shock absorbersPrevent metal-on-metal contact and damage when the end of suspension travel is reached
      # 10780758
    • Energy Suspension® Sway Bar Bushing Set
      $18.16from $14.53
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      Universal Sway Bar Bushing Set by Energy Suspension®. This is a set of replacement polyurethane bushings designed to dampen vibrations where the center section of the sway bar attaches to your vehicle’s frame. Resilient...
      Set of 2 replacement polyurethane bushings designed to dampen vibrations where the middle section of the sway bar attaches to your vehicle’s frameKit provides parts for both left and right mid-section sway mounts
      # 10780556
    • Energy Suspension®End Link Bushing Set
      $7.04from $5.63
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      Universal End Link Bushing Set by Energy Suspension®. This is a set of replacement polyurethane grommets designed to dampen vibrations on end link rod mounting points. Resilient polyurethane offers greater resistance to...
      Set of replacement polyurethane grommets designed to dampen vibrations on end link rod mounting pointsGrommet sets are available with or without zinc-coated steel washers
      # 10780770
    • Energy Suspension®Tie Rod Dust Boots
      $24.01from $19.21
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      Tie Rod Dust Boots by Energy Suspension®. Upgrade the protection for your steering system tie rods with replacement boots made from flexible and highly durable polyurethane. Vehicle manufacturers don’t always offer replacement...
      Set of replacement polyurethane protective dust boots for your vehicle’s front steering tie rodsBoots are sold in multiple package amount, sizes, and colors
      # 10780670
    • Energy Suspension®Polyurethane Pad Set
      $12.50from $10.00
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      Universal Polyurethane Pad Set by Energy Suspension®. Upgrade and replace degraded rubber pads above and below leaf spring ends with polyurethane ones from Energy Suspension. Resilient polyurethane construction offers greater...
      Set of 8 polyurethane pads for two leaf spring assembliesPads mount above and below both leaf spring ends to dampen vibration and squeaks
      # 10780498
    • Daystar®Sway Bar Bushing and Bracket
      $26.25from $21.00
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      Universal Sway Bar Bushing and Bracket by Daystar®. Without a doubt the most significant handling upgrade that money can buy, Daystar's Sway Bar Bushings provide significant performance increases you can feel. Aftermarket...
      Sway Bar BushingSpecially Formulated Polyurethane Materials
      # 4301679
    • Daystar®Shock and End Link Bushings
      $3.89from $3.11
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      Universal Shock and End Link Bushings by Daystar®. This is a set of replacement polyurethane bushings designed for use in the pivot points of end link rods, and also within the open, circular ends of some shock absorbers....
      Set of 2 replacement polyurethane bushings that meet or exceed OEM levels of vibration dampening refinement and strengthDesigned in a shape that can be used inside some end links and shock absorber mounting eyes
      # 4303979
    • Lakewood®Ladder Bar Bushings
      $35.63$28.50
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      Universal Ladder Bar Bushings by Lakewood®, Set of 4. When you need to get reliable components to bring your vehicle's suspension or chassis back to life, there's no better place to get them than right here. Whether you need bell...
      Engineered to exceed OEM quality standardsImproves your vehicle's handling
      # 12189492
    • Lakewood®Traction Bar Bushings
      $34.93$27.94
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      Universal Traction Bar Bushings by Lakewood®, Set of 4. Replacement for PN 20140, 21700, 21900, 21901, 20150, 20151, 20152. When you need to get reliable components to bring your vehicle's suspension or chassis back to life,...
      Engineered to exceed OEM quality standardsImproves your vehicle's handling
      # 12191888
    • Daystar®Bump Stops
      $9.15from $7.32
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      Universal Bump Stops by Daystar®. Bump Stops are a critical part of your vehicle's suspension - they prevent damaging over-compression and eliminate harsh bottoming of the suspension. Daystar's Bump Stops are designed and tested...
      High Impact Polyurethane provide high levels of cushioning strength and will function without degrading or cracking in extreme temperaturesIncreased Strength Compared to Stock Rubber Bump Stops
      # 4303921
    • Lakewood®Traction Bar Snubbers
      $24.45from $19.56
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      Universal Traction Bar Snubbers by Lakewood®, Set of 2. When you need to get reliable components to bring your vehicle's suspension or chassis back to life, there's no better place to get them than right here. Whether you need bell...
      Engineered to exceed OEM quality standardsImproves your vehicle's handling
      # 12203648
    • Weapon-R®Hellaflush Wheel Spacer Kit
      $23.75from $19.00
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      Universal Hellaflush Wheel Spacer Kit by Weapon-R®. Get the look you want with your aftermarket wheels with this Wheel Spacer kit.
      # 290747
    • Mr. Gasket®Wheel Spacers
      $27.25from $21.80
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      Universal Wheel Spacers by Mr. Gasket®. Dress up your wheel from Mr. Gasket. Constructed from die-cast aluminum, wheel spacers provide the necessary clearance for custom wheel applications.
      Triple-chrome platingStamped steel fits like original cover
      # 12129869
    • Hotchkis® Zerk Fitting Caps
      $8.40$6.72
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      Universal Zerk Fitting Caps by Hotchkis®. Set of 25 plastic protective caps. Proper lubrication of polyurethane is critical to eliminate squeaking. By utilizing a waterproof, high temperature, high pressure, and highly adhesive...
      Set of 25 plastic protective caps designed to surround and cover Hotchkis metal grease nozzles (zerk fittings)Prevents contaminants and grit from hardening on the outside of your grease nozzle
      # 5104381
    • Air Lift®Air Tanks
      $83.58from $66.86
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      Universal Air Tanks by Air Lift®. Enhance the inflation speed and performance of your air springs with a reserve of air compressed to 150 psi stored in any of Air Lift’s reinforced steel Air Tanks. Available in sizes from 2...
      Crafted from high-strength, reinforced traditional steelEnsure a reserve of compressed air for springs to inflate instantly, at a faster rate
      # 7611053
    • Air Lift®12 Volt Air Compressors
      $223.69from $178.95
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      Universal 12 Volt Air Compressors by Air Lift®. Air Lift offers 2-stage, 12-volt air compressors for all needs and budgets. Choose smaller ones for basic load leveling needs, or choose a set of two paired compressors to fill large...
      Dual Viair 450C, 400C, 380C, and 480C kits come with an air line extension and separate brackets for remote mountingAll compressors operate on standard 12-volt automotive electrical systems
      # 7611197
    • Air Lift®Air Management Systems
      $968.75from $775.00
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      Universal Air Management Systems by Air Lift®. Air Lift offers a wide variety of complete kits with everything needed to set up an air suspension system. Springs are not included, however these systems will work with your choice of...
      Kits contain air compressor(s), reserve tank, gauges, control switches, and all related hardware and air lines needed for installationAir springs are not included in Air Management System kits
      # 7658376
    • Dorman®Control Arm
      $50.30$40.24
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      BMW 3-Series 1981, Control Arm by Dorman®, 1 per Pack. With Ball Joint. With Bushings. If you are searching for a quality control arm, this product is the way to go. Featuring a sturdy construction and quality tested for...
      Direct OEM replacementAllows the wheels to lift and descend when hitting bumps or other road imperfections
      # 33163323
    • Febi®Control Arm
      $112.00from $89.60
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      BMW 320i 1981, Control Arm by Febi®. Note: Referred to as a Wishbone by BMW. Does your luxury car ride like an old buckboard wagon? Is your pickup still bouncing long after the bump? If so your suspension is in need of repair, but...
      # 8414179
    • First Equipment Quality®Control Arm Bushing
      $10.96$8.77
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      BMW 3-Series 1981, Control Arm Bushing by First Equipment Quality®. Note: Sway Bar Mount Bushing in Control Arm. Does your luxury car ride like an old buckboard wagon? Is your pickup still bouncing long after the bump? If so your...
      # 7968191
    • Lemfoerder®Control Arm Bushing
      $14.90$11.92
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      BMW 320i 1981, Control Arm Bushing by Lemfoerder®. Note: Sway Bar Mount Bushing in Control Arm. Does your luxury car ride like an old buckboard wagon? Is your pickup still bouncing long after the bump? If so your suspension is in...
      # 8509880
    • Lemfoerder®Trailing Arm Bush Set
      $46.63$37.30
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      BMW 320i 1981, Trailing Arm Bush Set by Lemfoerder®. Note: 30mm Diameter. Does your luxury car ride like an old buckboard wagon? Is your pickup still bouncing long after the bump? If so your suspension is in need of repair, but...
      # 8511963
    • MOOG®R-Series™ Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
      $51.31$41.05
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      BMW 3-Series 1981, R-Series™ Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly by MOOG®. Direct replacement control arms by MOOG are designed to solve steering and suspension problems in nothing flat. Most come with MOOG problem solver ball...
      Restores chassis performanceApplication specific OE geometry ensures perfect fit and function
      # 21651277
    • Sachs®Trailing Arm Bush Set
      $47.26$37.81
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      BMW 320i 1981, Trailing Arm Bush Set by Sachs®. Set of 2. Note: 30mm Diameter. Does your luxury car ride like an old buckboard wagon? Is your pickup still bouncing long after the bump? If so your suspension is in need of repair,...
      # 8626526
    • Mevotech®Front Left Lower Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
      $64.68$51.74
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      BMW 3-Series 1981, Front Left Lower Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly by Mevotech®, Use 1 per Car. Quality: Premier Line. Designed to increase friction amount between the tire and road surface for an effective steering ability...
      Eliminates uneven steering, squeaking noise, and excessive tire wearAllocates vehicle body weight to the tire for vehicle stability and alignment
      # 19265053
    • Beck Arnley®Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
      $83.91$67.13
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      BMW 3-Series 1981, Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly by Beck Arnley®. For one hundred years, Beck/Arnley has been providing premium OE quality parts for vehicles. Beginning with motorcycle parts in 1914 and transitioning to...
      OE quality products from top original equipmentTop quality materials
      # 35824921
    • Monroe®OESpectrum™ Shocks and Struts
      $43.30from $34.64
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      BMW 3-Series without Heavy Duty Suspension 1981, OESpectrum™ Shocks and Struts by Monroe®. 1 per Pack. These shocks and struts are engineered for foreign nameplate vehicles to enhance the performance of their suspension systems....
      Provide unprecedented handling precision and controlNitrogen gas charged
      # 17925622
    • Monroe®Strut-Mate™ Front Strut Mounting Kit
      $39.35$31.48
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      BMW 3-Series without Heavy Duty Suspension 1981, Strut-Mate™ Front Strut Mounting Kit by Monroe®, 1 per Pack. Worn strut mounts can adversely affect your vehicles handling, and should always be replaced when new struts are...
      Ensures complete repair of all worn strut componentsDirect fit replacement
      # 17930341
    • Bilstein®B4 Series Replacement Shocks
      $62.39from $49.91
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      BMW 3-Series 1981, B4 Series Replacement Shocks by Bilstein®, 1 per Pack. Black Paint. Design: Twin-Tube. Without Boot. BILSTEIN has a legendary reputation for providing original equipment components to many of the world’s finest...
      Constant damping characteristics under any loadConsistent performance and handling give the vehicle a new car feel every time
      # 17167029
    • FAG®Strut Mount
      $93.93$75.14
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      BMW 320i 1981, Strut Mount by FAG®. Position: Front. Does your luxury car ride like an old buckboard wagon? Is your pickup still bouncing long after the bump? If so your suspension is in need of repair, but before you waste your...
      # 7847536
    • KYB®Gas-a-Just™ Rear Strut Assembly
      $63.16$50.53
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      BMW 3-Series E21 Body without M-Technik Suspension 1981, Gas-a-Just™ Rear Suspension Strut Assembly by KYB®, 1 per Pack. Go with Gas-a-Just shocks and struts and experience greater stability, handling, and control over twin-tube...
      Replacement for an OE monotube shock to restore/keep the vehicle's original performance characteristicsIdeal as an upgrade from an OE twin-tube for quicker, more responsive handling and control
      # 17797292
    • KYB®Excel-G™ Front Strut Cartridge
      $37.38$29.90
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      BMW 3-Series E21 Body without M-Technik Suspension 1981, Excel-G™ Front Suspension Strut Cartridge by KYB®, 1 per Pack. Restore your vehicle's original performance for normal driving conditions with this twin-tube gas hydraulic...
      Designed to restore original handling and controlCalibrated to compensate for age and miles driven
      # 17797294
    • KYB®Strut Bellow
      $22.55from $18.04
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      BMW 3-Series E21 Body without M-Technik Suspension 1981, Strut Bellow by KYB®. These bellows provide effective protection from dirt and moisture by covering the entire piston rod of KYB struts. The bellows are made of resilient...
      Keep leak-causing contaminants away from polished strut shaftProtect upper seal and bushing
      # 17805646
    • MOOG®Front Strut Mount
      $73.89$59.11
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      BMW 3-Series 1981, Front Strut Mount by MOOG®. This is an aftermarket part that replaces factory OE # 31331110195. Replace worn strut mounts whenever you replace struts with superior quality MOOG parts providing a high-strength...
      Eliminates noise, vibration, and steering problems associated with worn strut mountsImproves ride and handling
      # 21648273
    • Ruville®Strut Mount
      $94.10$75.28
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      BMW 320i 1981, Strut Mount by Ruville®. Position: Front. Does your luxury car ride like an old buckboard wagon? Is your pickup still bouncing long after the bump? If so your suspension is in need of repair, but before you waste...
      # 7794632
    • Sachs®Strut Insert
      $108.86$87.09
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      BMW 320i 1981, Strut Insert by Sachs®. Position: Front. Note: Boge. Does your luxury car ride like an old buckboard wagon? Is your pickup still bouncing long after the bump? If so your suspension is in need of repair, but before...
      # 8626094
    • Sachs®Shock Absorber
      $97.39$77.91
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      BMW 320i 1981, Shock Absorber by Sachs®. Position: Rear. Does your luxury car ride like an old buckboard wagon? Is your pickup still bouncing long after the bump? If so your suspension is in need of repair, but before you waste...
      # 8646108
    • Mevotech®Front Upper Strut Mounting Kit
      $39.51$31.61
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      BMW 3-Series 1981, Front Upper Strut Mounting Kit by Mevotech®, Use 2 per Car. Quality: Premier Line. Don’t just repair or replace worn components – bolster them with Mevotech parts. Put through rigorous testing that goes...
      Built to match or go beyond OE standardsDirect replacement
      # 19265907
    • Daystar®Lubricant
      $5.20from $4.16
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      Lubricant by Daystar®. While competitors offer analog quality lubricant, Daystar brings lubricating grease into the digital age with synthetic lubricant made from silicone and Teflon. Lubrathane is purpose built to provide the best...
      3-ounce replacement tube for Daystar Poly Lube Grease GunSynthetic blend of silicone and Teflon leaves thin film of lubrication on all bushing areas rather than running off surfaces like natural lubricant does
      # 4135307
    • Hotchkis®Super Grease
      $29.40$23.52
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      Super Grease by Hotchkis®, 14 oz. This is one 14-oz tube of silicone-based lubricating grease sized and designed for Hotchkis zerk fittings. Properly maintains greasable polyurethane bushings and other swivel joints in your...
      One 14-oz tube of silicone-based lubricating grease sized and designed for Hotchkis zerk fittingsFormulated to properly maintain greasable polyurethane bushings and other swivel joints in your suspension
      # 4606841
    • Energy Suspension®Formula 5 Prelube
      $3.30from $2.64
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      Formula 5 Prelube by Energy Suspension®. Prelube lubricant is designed to be applied once to Energy Suspension bushings, mounts, and grommets before installation on your vehicle. Once applied, the prelube forms a tough, durable,...
      Forms a tough, durable, chemical resistant film that will properly lubricate bushings and metal components for a lifetime of useDesigned to be applied once to Energy Suspension bushings, mounts, and grommets before installation on your vehicle
      # 10780741
    Guides & Articles
    Very often we don't even realize what a crucial role a car's suspension plays in providing a safe and comfortable ride. The system maximizes the friction between the road surface and your vehicle's tires, ensuring steering stability along with responsive handling.
    Shock absorbers, also known simply as “shocks” (which is what we will call them for the rest of this article), are the suspension components which stop your car or truck from bouncing up and down after hitting a bump. They are a major contributor to your ride comfort and safety.
    The very first thing to know about timely suspension system diagnosis is that the stability and steering control of your vehicle and, what is more important, your safety on the road depends on how often you make it. Automotive suspension belongs to one of those car systems that are constantly exposed to high loads and thus are prone to wear and tear. Most...