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    Default Rear shocks. all foxes compatible? 87 shocks on 85

    I need to order some new shocks and struts. Running low on my mustang budget so I知 thinking about going w some normal KYB struts and shocks. Can I buy a kit for the 87+ ( to fit my soon to be 87+ 5 lug kit). My car is an 85gt and rear sale is stock except for 3:45 gears. Thanks again y誕ll.
    Joe E.

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    87-93 shocks will work in back. The rear shocks from a 94+ will give you a better result (ride and handling) than the foxbody shocks will if you are using anywhere near a Stock spring. They have more droop and more bump. you have to eliminate the Fox bumpstop as the sn95 stops are integrated

    In front I used a strut for 79-93. They are compatible with 87-93 via the shims supplied with the strut.

    I have 94 spindles in front with these struts and it was a direct bolt-on affair. I did have to use camber bolts in the top hole because at max negative I was still at +6 due to my use of X2 balljoints

    Camber bolts and a lot of prying and swearing and a ton of help from a friend got it where it needs to be. I知 at -2 with my struts centered and shoved all the way back towards the windshield in the caster/camber plates to max the caster out.
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    I have found the lower bushing on the rear shock is sometimes too wide. The Bilsteins I put on had to be trimmed when put on my 89. They were used so not sure which model they came from. Ford doesn’t show a clear path on replacements and show no listings for the earlier models. They also switched to gas charged at the end of 4eyes or at least the replacements.
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    [QUOTE=joelliott;1899476]I need to order some new shocks and struts. Running low on my mustang budget so I知 thinking about going w some normal KYB struts and shocks. Can I buy a kit for the 87+ ( to fit my soon to be 87+ 5 lug kit). My car is an 85gt and rear sale is stock except for 3:45 gears. Thanks again y誕ll.
    Joe E.[/QU

    KYB are very harsh. Motorcraft rear shocks are still made. Maybe try Gabriel up front.

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    Had VERY good luck with Monroe. I put over 300K miles on my car with a set and they still worked as designed after 20 years of service when I removed them.

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    I found a set of used (1000 mile) Eibach struts and shocks fo throw on my 85. They are also made for a lowering spring etc. So hoping they will be a positive addition to the car rather than some autozone replacements.

    Thanks for the help gentlemen.
    Joe E.

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