I have been getting a lot of questions relative to the availability of new magnetic ride shocks, and the fact that B.W.I will no longer be building magnetic ride shocks for C6’s.
I did find out recently that B.W.I. will no longer be making C6 shocks. Apparently, their agreement with General Motors is 10 years of support.
The first thing I will tell you is that a lot of people are getting their shocks replaced when they don’t need to. Historically, C6 Corvettes always get an oily residue on the shock. That does not mean they are bad at all. Magnetic right fluid is like a very thick paste. If you see a stream of paste on the shock dripping down onto the lower control arm that would be bad. However, if it is just and oily residue, in all likelihood, they are fine.
An easy way to tell if the shock is bad is if the car just completely degrades from a damping standpoint. You should feel it while you’re driving.
Honestly, I think that because of the lack of knowledge about this residue, and the fact that folks are replacing them that really don’t need to is probably why we are running out of shocks.
The other thing to note is that there are 2 part numbers for the rear shocks. One part number is the left, the other is the right. The shocks are the same, the only difference is the top mount. So in an absolute worst-case scenario is you could buy say 2 left-hand side shocks then we use the top mount from your original right side onto the new shock and you should be fine.
But once again, look at your shocks and if is just a residue you probably do not need them.