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    Default Buying Shocks- best stock replacement option?

    Looking into getting new shocks when I replace my rear end with an 8.8. The car is a cruiser/stoplight warrior so I知 not super interested in Bilsteins/Konis/etc.

    Who has had good luck with any of the stock replacement type stuff? What was the ride quality like?

    The car is an 84 LTD LX, and I知 also swapping in Volvo rear springs to raise the rear end up a bit for tire clearance/ ride height.


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    Well, there is Motorcraft. The newer versions are gas charged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wdanison43103 View Post
    Looking into getting new shocks when I replace my rear end with an 8.8. The car is a cruiser/stoplight warrior so I’m not super interested in Bilsteins/Konis/etc.

    Who has had good luck with any of the stock replacement type stuff? What was the ride quality like?

    The car is an 84 LTD LX, and I’m also swapping in Volvo rear springs to raise the rear end up a bit for tire clearance/ ride height.


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    I think the KYB's are a good value. Upgrade from stock but not super expensive like Bilsteins or Koni. Couple hundred thousand miles experience with them on my '91 GT.

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    I put the cheap kyb痴 from rock auto on and summit racing lowering springs a d I知 really happy.
    Previously I had Monroe shocks and struts and they were smoother/softer.


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    I put Gabriel Ultra shocks/struts on both my 85 2.3 and 88 5.0. Very happy with them on both cars.

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    Been very happy with the Monroe units I put on the car...lifetime warranty to boot!
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    I hated by Ford B springs and KYB Gas a Just. So hard and sucked big time.
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    So it seems that pretty much any of the choices seem to be alright, but I知 probably going to avoid the KYBs because I have heard they are hard riding. Want something smooth for the kids


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    I went with the Tokyio Blues off ebay, they were an upgrade over the originals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdanison43103 View Post
    So it seems that pretty much any of the choices seem to be alright, but I’m probably going to avoid the KYBs because I have heard they are hard riding. Want something smooth for the kids


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    That's why I went with the Monroe Sensa Trac Premium units...they ride soft until you push them, then they firm up as needed.
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    I second the Tokico HP's (blues) as a good value play.

    Bilstein HD's are light years ahead in terms of ride quality though - yes they work for corner carvers, but for daily duty, they are far better in every way than the part store replacement. That is what I run in my Volvo 245 wagon too - which handles much better than it should on paper. If ride quality matters, as does longevity, they are hard to beat (even though more spendy up front).

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    I'm not sure how appropriate my input is but.... I have built many cars for people, not many for me . I advise the owners when I build but ultimately install what the owner decides. For better or worse. My favorite struts are bilstein . Dollar for dollar the score best in the ride/performance/price triangle. They are not always my first choice. I had Koni reds ( hydraulic) on my 83 escort. It was an ish GT I built out of several cars. They were on that car for 500k. They replaced monroe sensitracs that I was happy with but only lasted 150k. It took a lot to get the valving where I was happy with it but as I commuted with the car for years it was worth it. I turned them 1 click harder every 100k to compensate for wear. Happy with that car but limited for options. I would only recommend for resto on a svo. Koni yellow are a more useful shock as far as performance but have run into longevity issues. All koni's are rebuild able but need to be sent out. For my 82 GT I have purchased tokico blues. The goal for my only current foxbody is to build a fun cruiser that does not deviate far from stock. Suspension is a dynamic artform and shocks should be used as 1 component in a package. I have found in the many cars I have used them in that they take out much of the impact harshness that poly bushing and harder springs have. That is the reason Mazda speced them for the Protege MP3 and Speed turbos. They used stiffer bushings and lowering springs for handling and the Tokico blue to perform well with a decent ride. I have installed shocks on cars that have ruined them. I installed KW variant 3's on a Mitsubishi Evo 10 that came factory with bilstein struts and eibach springs and it was a huge waste of money. At no point while tracking that car did I feel the car needed better suspension. There was very little difference in lap times and the ride suffered greatly. It was the customer choice. Anyway. Sorry this is long but suspension tuning is a huge subject. Be honest with yourself about your goals
    If you are only going to track the car occasionally you will be the happiest with the tokico blues. I haven't mentioned the tokico illuminas or kyb agx for a reason.... Unless you really want to tinker, stay away from adjustable shocks. You can create problems very easily. I will end here but if you want help just message me and I would be happy to help. Cheers

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