New Life For Old Shocks
We've touted the benefits of rebuildable shocks many, many times. High-end rebuildable shocks cost more up front, but they offer benefits, such as individual part replacement, tune-ability, and superior suspension control. These are tangible benefits that single-use, non-rebuildable shocks just can't touch.
There's another benefit to rebuildable shocks that we haven't covered before: recycleability. No, we're not talking about turning your high-end shocks into scrap metal. We're talking about re-configuring an existing set of shocks to fit a new application.
We've got a set of Sway-A-Way bolt-in coilovers that were on the front of our '03 Toyota 4Runner "UNLimited." The '03 4Runner was on loan from Toyota and we eventually had to give it back to its maker. Before returning the 'Runner, we swapped the aftermarket parts out and replaced them with stock items, knowing we'd be able to put the upgrade parts to good use somehow.
Fast forward about a year, and we had an '01 Toyota Sequoia that was painfully stock and full of potential. The Sequoia is getting more and more affordable secondhand, and it's a rig that shares much of its mechanical platform with the Tundra. This includes the front suspension and the powertrain. Why not reconfigure the 4Runner shocks to fit the Sequoia?
Shock rebuilding and reconfiguration are services offered by Sway-A-Way. Is reconfiguration worth it? "That depends on the purchase price of the shocks," chief engineer Brian Bell told us. "If you can pick up a set of shocks secondhand at a deep discount, then you might be money ahead by getting the shocks reconfigured." Another factor is convenience. If you've got a leftover set of shocks the way we did, you could save yourself considerable hassle by getting the shocks reconfigured versus selling them and buying another set of shocks.
With that in mind, let's take a look at recycling, Sway-A-Way style.