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Hi All

I have a 2001 JDM S/Tb STi and one of the rear shocks has gone. I left the garage, (who discovered it during the MOT), thinking that I'd just order a replacement online (their normal supplier didn't stock any) but have now discovered that these can be self levelling or not. From what I've read so far, some of the early SF5s had self levelling which is easily identified as they have a second cylinder running alongside the shock, and then later ones had black self levelling shocks with no second cylinder/canister?

I called the garage and spoke to the mechanic and he said that he would expect to see some extra tubing/pipework going to the shock which he doesn't recall seeing.

Should there be addition tubing to the shock? If not, is there a simple way to tell if its self leveling or not?


Thanks in advance

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No extra pipes and to be sure on what currently fitted you want look at the part number on the shock label .

Generally a SLS strut will always sag if leaking, you also know physically what they are when removed as SLS has incredibly high gas pressure and almost impossible compress piston fully by hand .

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Right, I've just had a look at the shock, and engraved on it is the following:


KYB 20360FC950


A google search seems to return websites from eastern europe, so I'm still none the wiser? Every KYB shock I've found on eBay lists various part numbers, but not this one.





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They non SLS , (SLS is only made by Tokico)

generally the japan market won't have SLS and more so for stb forester but always best assume nothing and check as you never know if been swapped out at some point .

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