Struts / Shocks Only - No Air Bags
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    FRESHMAN ROVER
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    Struts / Shocks Only - No Air Bags

    At 85K miles I'm feeling like my Range Rover is riding a bit rough.

    At this point there is no leakage (that I'm aware of) with the air bags.

    Is it at all reasonable to consider replacing the front and rear struts/shocks alone and leaving the air bags as they are? Has anyone done this, what's involved, part numbers, etc?

    (I'm also confused because I see that in some cases the air bags themselves are for sale and in other cases they come with the strut attached.)

    Thanks for the info!
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    Re: Struts / Shocks Only - No Air Bags

    Getting struts alone without the air bags seems to be pretty difficult unless you go straight to LR and then you better be ready to pay them about 700 bucks a piece just for the strut. Most places offer the whole assembly, or just the bag for some reason.
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    Re: Struts / Shocks Only - No Air Bags

    The fronts you would pretty much need to do the whole assembly. The rears are easy since it's just a strut by itself.
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    Re: Struts / Shocks Only - No Air Bags

    Quote Originally Posted by maximus5403 View Post
    The fronts you would pretty much need to do the whole assembly. The rears are easy since it's just a strut by itself.
    This makes sense. I may just replace the rear and see how the ride is after that, thanks.

    Anyone happen have the right part numbers?
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    Re: Struts / Shocks Only - No Air Bags

    Quote Originally Posted by PGME View Post
    This makes sense. I may just replace the rear and see how the ride is after that, thanks.

    Anyone happen have the right part numbers?
    I am seeing the following part number: RPD500940
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    Re: Struts / Shocks Only - No Air Bags

    FYI, from my friend at the dealership:

    The rears are only replaced when they start leaking, beyond that point they are considered in proper working condition.

    He also suggests checking the front control arms and ball joints, which commonly fail.
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    Re: Struts / Shocks Only - No Air Bags

    Keep in mind that there are rear Bilstein shock absorbers too. Replaced these on my MKIII and it made a world of difference in ride. Might give that a try. Relatively cheap potential fix.

    Completely agree with the others though that the fronts should just be replaced full assembly.
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    Re: Struts / Shocks Only - No Air Bags

    I converted from airbag suspension to shocks on 3 different RR's I owned over time. My experience is that eventually the air bag suspension always fails. I have been happy with the conversions. There are conversion kits readily available

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    Re: Struts / Shocks Only - No Air Bags

    It is not reasonable to replace just the strut. At 85K miles, if the air bladder portion of your front air struts are original, they WILL fail soon due to dry rot. These have a 100% failure rate (usually at 90K+ miles--mine went at 92K). Therefore there is no point in replacing just the strut portion. Besides, if the strut is not leaking fluid or does not have some other obvious failure, they are not considered to be in need of replacement. I replaced the dry rotted air bladder on both my fronts and rebuilt them onto the original struts.

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