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Need new Struts

OK all my friends I need to replace my front struts on the Bird. I have Monroe gas on her right now. I know there has got to be a better set up then the Monroe's
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They're shocks, so searching for struts limits you to monroe (who doesn't name them properly)

Tokico blues are a step up from monroes, and Koni's are the best

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They're shocks, so searching for struts limits you to monroe (who doesn't name them properly)

Tokico blues are a step up from monroes, and Koni's are the best
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where did you guys go to buy your blues?
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Ye i was looking on shox.com seams like they had the best prices on the Tokico Blue come as a set at i thank about $259 thats for front and rear

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I found mine on ebay, I doubt that I paid that much since i'm usually broke or near broke.

Edit well I guess thats a good price its been a little while so forgive me thinking thats expensive lol
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Like the Tokico Blues on my '92 Sport.

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I just put the Tokicos on a 96 Cougar. Bough the complete Spring/Shocks kit for 380.00 shipped. Will look for the supplier, but found them just doing google search. I think the kit number is HHK1....or something like that.
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I just put the Tokicos on a 96 Cougar. Bough the complete Spring/Shocks kit for 380.00 shipped. Will look for the supplier, but found them just doing google search. I think the kit number is HHK1....or something like that.
What kind of springs did you put on? Do you like your blues?
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The "Blues" on my bird are doing good

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I guess what I am really getting at is this. Is there a major difference between that and stock?
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On mine under normal its as good as stock, But get lively with it and they are better than stock .IMHO

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The Tokico kit comes complete (with springs) Huge improvement over stock "Sport" suspension and springs. Car dropped about 1 1/2 inches and rides a lot firmer. Very stable and steady at high speeds. I have another "stock" 96 Cougar (only 61K miles) and when going from one car to the other....the Tokico set-up is a huge improvement.

btw...did complete suspension replacement when springs and struts where done....much easier to complete.
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I got my Konis straight from them last spring for $513 shipped.

I won't buy anything else again; other shocks only feel good when it's freezing outside.

I've used monroe and gabriel shocks, and they were better than the worn out crap I had, but not by much.

If you are using sport springs, there's really no other choice, imho. Everything else is too soft.

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If you are using sport springs, there's really no other choice, imho. Everything else is too soft.
I have a 3.8L and its not a sports car (Koni springs). So I am not looking for a sports suspension- I want a soft, luxury suspension- my current stock setup (probably worn out, anyway) is very harsh- I feel every single tiny bump in the pavement.

So I am leaning towards Tokico Blues- for a soft, comfortable ride... does anyone else have suggestions? I am also thinking of keeping the same ride height or a 3/4" inch drop at most w/ springs- again for comfort. Thanks.
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I want a soft, luxury suspension
I would go with the monroe shocks; they worked pretty well, and they were cheapest.

I hated them, but if you want the "Luxobarge" feel, that's the way I would go; the gabriels were stiffer.

From what I've read, the kybs are about like the sport shocks, which were stiff; ICBW tho.

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I would go with the monroe shocks; they worked pretty well, and they were cheapest.

I hated them, but if you want the "Luxobarge" feel, that's the way I would go; the gabriels were stiffer.

From what I've read, the kybs are about like the sport shocks, which were stiff; ICBW tho.
I am reading from what Monroe advertises that these shocks are engineered to be more comfortable and softer than stock- while maintaining good handling. This is what I am looking for, thanks. But I am cautious because you said you don't like the Monroes. I could put them on my 'bird and say "too soft. i hate it." Any other opinions on the Monroes? How about the Tokico shocks? Do Tokico users feel they are a comfortable, and relatively soft ride? Maybe my shocks are so worn thats why I feel they are so harsh- maybe close to stock is still comfortable and there is no reason to go softer...?

I remember my 92 with ARC was VERY smooth and good at cornering too... the 96 doesn't seem to be as soft- but don't get me wrong- I can corner at just about any speed as long as the road is dry and still feel a firm grip on the road.
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I had monroe sensatracs, I didnt notice any difference when I put them on. They blew out after a few years and I went back with motorcraft and they are awesome. We also sell KYB shocks from time to time, but I have never ran them on anything I drive yet. IMO, Motorcraft for the win.

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Konis are expensive, but they are rebuildable, and fully adjustable for rebound damping.

At stock setting, they were bouncy; I'm at ~2 half-turns stiffer than factory, and I really like it. (All my cars are V8)

I could probably drop it a bit, since the weather changed, but I'll probably leave it. I like to be able to read the paint on the pavement thru the wheel, lol.

I love the way these make my car feel.

The monroes were great for V8 stock replacement shocks. They are way too soft for sport springs. The gabriels were barely too soft for the sport springs. Each set lasted about 3 years, which works out to about 70k miles for me.

Tennessee does not have potholes, as a rule, so YMMV.

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