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I found that for my vehicle it requires rear shock part# 48530-42040 because it has NO 3rd row seating. So the part# for the 3rd row is 48530-42030. Does anyone know the difference between these and if they will fit mine? I'm guessing the second number is a more heavy duty? I've got a line a real good price for the 3rd row seating shocks.
 

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Fill out your profile. The Base/Limited share the same shock. The 3rd row shock is heavy duty (stiffer) to handle more weight in the rear seat for additional passengers. Stay with the normal shock if you don't have the 3rd row seat , tow or carry heavy loads.
 

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I checked the parts on the Toyota dealers sites what it fits.
Oh, I was thinking that you have found the technical data for the stiffness of those shocks.
I am looking to upgrade them and everyone (Bilstein, KYB, Sachs) sells only twin-tube versions. I have asked their technical support why they don't offer monotube variants and they say that... they don't because is not always technically possible.
So I was wondering why is that, trying to find the actual specs.

More, for example on Sachs website they have this for RAV4:
313887 (fits Toyota 48531-42130, 42140) was superseded by 314863 that was superseded by 314862 (fits Toyota 48531-42230, 42231, 42240, 42241). I guess those are for European RAV4? Are those firmer?

When I look on a Toyota dealer site, I see that the Toyota 48530-42050 is compatible with my RAV4...
 

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Oh, I was thinking that you have found the technical data for the stiffness of those shocks.
I am looking to upgrade them and everyone (Bilstein, KYB, Sachs) sells only twin-tube versions. I have asked their technical support why they don't offer monotube variants and they say that... they don't because is not always technically possible.
So I was wondering why is that, trying to find the actual specs.

More, for example on Sachs website they have this for RAV4:
313887 (fits Toyota 48531-42130, 42140) was superseded by 314863 that was superseded by 314862 (fits Toyota 48531-42230, 42231, 42240, 42241). I guess those are for European RAV4? Are those firmer?

When I look on a Toyota dealer site, I see that the Toyota 48530-42050 is compatible with my RAV4...
Printed specs for the OEM shocks are usually not available. I know by reading many threads the third row model has the thickest springs. The stiffer spring makes the vehicle suspension more stiffer. I have the Sport model which also have stiff springs and shocks. The ride is not that good when you hit bumpy roads but on smooth pavement it is normal. You also may want to consider the Sport shock.
 

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What also I found out is that, for my model, the OE Toyota fitment was 48531-0R010 but in some places I found out that was superseded by 48531-0R011.

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For 3rd row I think I saw 48531-0R020.
 

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I wonder why there are two part numbers, they both say they fit to my car. One says "Japan Built" - I wonder if is for the shock or the car?
 

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I wonder why there are two part numbers, they both say they fit to my car. One says "Japan Built" - I wonder if is for the shock or the car?
There are different part numbers for vehicles made in Canada or Japan. They should fit either since all the aftermarket just make one shock for all the models. The ones made for Japan models are much more cheaper. I wonder if this is due to different suppler that can make the part cheaper?
 
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