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I have a 2018 R and I love to drive, hence the mileage. Country drives have been one of my primary modes of coping with the societal effects of COVID. I am surprised that already the car bounces over bumps like it needs new struts or springs, or more new components.

I've taken the R to one shop and the didn't see any apparent damage and no leaking from the struts. I'm looking for any insights from y'all. Is this normal for a car of this mileage? Have any idea what I should suspect from the dealer? I'm hoping it just needs new springs. Thanks.

I do have 12mm+15mm spacers, rear sway bar+upgraded end links, and front strut brace.
 

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I am surprised that already the car bounces over bumps like it needs new struts or springs, or more new components.
So, just to be sure, the car now goes over bumps with a different feel and even different body motions and/or different suspension movements? What exactly is it doing? Hit a bump and the car bounces up and down repeatedly? Does it feel like it's tipping in corners more than before too? Does it squat more on acceleration or nose dive more braking? Does it ride level? Are there noises involved?

The shocks/struts/dampers are what makes the springs not bouncy and they wear out. The springs are what cushions you from the bumps and usually do not wear out. If there is also noise, the dampers are really worn out and/or there is something broken and/or loose.

Is this normal for a car of this mileage?
Yes, this sounds normal. People are getting between 40k-100k miles out of their stock dampers.

Have any idea what I should suspect from the dealer?
Expect the dealer to suggest all new struts for about $2000, is my guess.

So, yes, coilovers here you come.

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So, just to be sure, the car now goes over bumps with a different feel and even different body motions and/or different suspension movements? What exactly is it doing? Hit a bump and the car bounces up and down repeatedly? Does it feel like it's tipping in corners more than before too? Does it squat more on acceleration or nose dive more braking? Does it ride level? Are there noises involved?

The shocks/struts/dampers are what makes the springs not bouncy and they wear out. The springs are what cushions you from the bumps and usually do not wear out. If there is also noise, the dampers are really worn out and/or there is something broken and/or loose.



Yes, this sounds normal. People are getting between 40k-100k miles out of their stock dampers.



Expect the dealer to suggest all new struts for about $2000, is my guess.

So, yes, coilovers here you come.

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Sign that they are toast is if they clunk hard over bumps.

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Replaced mine with Bilstein B6 Damptronics and Eibachs @ 33k. While I was at it, I bought new strut bearings/tops and installed eurosport street camber kit as well as O34 motorsport rear strut tops. Probably would have lasted another 10k or so, but they were definitely starting to get tired. Love this setup. Perfect height and ride quality. Feels OEM.

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Replaced mine with Bilstein B6 Damptronics and Eibachs @ 33k. While I was at it, I bought new strut bearings/tops and installed eurosport street camber kit as well as O34 motorsport rear strut tops. Probably would have lasted another 10k or so, but they were definitely starting to get tired. Love this setup. Perfect height and ride quality. Feels OEM.

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Ryan
B6 and eibach combo doesn't have good reviews.

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So, just to be sure, the car now goes over bumps with a different feel and even different body motions and/or different suspension movements? What exactly is it doing? Hit a bump and the car bounces up and down repeatedly? Does it feel like it's tipping in corners more than before too? Does it squat more on acceleration or nose dive more braking? Does it ride level? Are there noises involved?

The shocks/struts/dampers are what makes the springs not bouncy and they wear out. The springs are what cushions you from the bumps and usually do not wear out. If there is also noise, the dampers are really worn out and/or there is something broken and/or loose.



Yes, this sounds normal. People are getting between 40k-100k miles out of their stock dampers.



Expect the dealer to suggest all new struts for about $2000, is my guess.

So, yes, coilovers here you come.

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So, just to be sure, the car now goes over bumps with a different feel and even different body motions and/or different suspension movements? What exactly is it doing? Hit a bump and the car bounces up and down repeatedly? Does it feel like it's tipping in corners more than before too? Does it squat more on acceleration or nose dive more braking? Does it ride level? Are there noises involved?

The shocks/struts/dampers are what makes the springs not bouncy and they wear out. The springs are what cushions you from the bumps and usually do not wear out. If there is also noise, the dampers are really worn out and/or there is something broken and/or loose.



Yes, this sounds normal. People are getting between 40k-100k miles out of their stock dampers.



Expect the dealer to suggest all new struts for about $2000, is my guess.

So, yes, coilovers here you come.

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So, just to be sure, the car now goes over bumps with a different feel and even different body motions and/or different suspension movements? What exactly is it doing? Hit a bump and the car bounces up and down repeatedly? Does it feel like it's tipping in corners more than before too? Does it squat more on acceleration or nose dive more braking? Does it ride level? Are there noises involved?

The shocks/struts/dampers are what makes the springs not bouncy and they wear out. The springs are what cushions you from the bumps and usually do not wear out. If there is also noise, the dampers are really worn out and/or there is something broken and/or loose.
1) Bounces over bumps - even lingers after 2) Moves (undulates) in ways and directions it didn't before 3) Yes it squats more under acceleration 4) I believe it rides level 5) There is an occasional unusual noise from the rear produced when going over bumps

I appreciated the questions and breakdown. Yes, coilovers are coming.
 

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I am on 81k, 71k miles with springs. They car rides very well still and beat them around the corners. I do remember when I had stock springs I felt the shocks to be very floaty so maybe that is what you are feeling. Once I put the springs on, cause is much better. Race mode on Stock now felt like normal/eco mode on my HR springs.
 

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I am on 81k, 71k miles with springs. They car rides very well still and beat them around the corners. I do remember when I had stock springs I felt the shocks to be very floaty so maybe that is what you are feeling. Once I put the springs on, cause is much better. Race mode on Stock now felt like normal/eco mode on my HR springs.
Glad you've found a set up that you like, and that has lasted long. I've also found stock springs to be too floaty. It's now at the dealer, we shall see what happens.
 

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I just heard from the dealer and they saw nothing wrong w/ my R. They recommended I take it back to the shop who installed my rear sway bar and end links (I did in April) and front strut brace (I did a few weeks ago). I am perplexed. At highway speeds the bouncing is obvious and unnerving.

Do y'all think that the my aftermarket suspension parts be causing this? I'll be doing a lot of driving coming up, and don't want to make matters worse while being far from home. Any recommendations? I may just order coilovers asap and have them put on before I leave. Thanks for all of your replies.
 

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I just heard from the dealer and they saw nothing wrong w/ my R. They recommended I take it back to the shop who installed my rear sway bar and end links (I did in April) and front strut brace (I did a few weeks ago). I am perplexed. At highway speeds the bouncing is obvious and unnerving.

Do y'all think that the my aftermarket suspension parts be causing this? I'll be doing a lot of driving coming up, and don't want to make matters worse while being far from home. Any recommendations? I may just order coilovers asap and have them put on before I leave. Thanks for all of your replies.
Did they reset/redo the adaptation for the dcc components?

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