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German board members, when you take the M5 to Dekra (or similair establishments) for compulsory road safety checkup they run a vibration test of the shock absorbers (stossdämpfern). They usually print the test results. On my car when it had around 60000 kms it was about 80-86% shock absorber damping on all wheels.

As a comparison, would you like to post your mileage and damper test results here, please?

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This gets at a topic I've often wondered about: how can one determine, quantitatively, when shocks/struts are worn out or getting worn... sure, bounce on the fender, look for oil, but when does a shock start to loose it's damping ability as compared to new?

On the above test, is it 80-86% of new...or is it 80-86% of the government set value for all schocks?

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I haven´t got a clue really, but would guess the figure means 86% harmonic damping per cycle of suspension "bounce".

The apparatus they use is a vibrating plate that shakes the wheel vertically, and then stops shaking.

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