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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2004, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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I am thinking about Replacing the Shocks

Well as the tittle says i am thinking about replacing the shocks. I just bought my 93 tbird and the ride is a little bouncy. Since my 86 Cougar was totaled i have been driving my parents new 2003 Impala LS and have been spoiled and pampered in it, while i was looking for a car. I have a few questions about replacing the shocks

I did the rear shocks in my 86 Cougar myself, easy as hell. But the 93 Tbird has the independant rear suspension, is the mounting of the shocks the same? I wont need a spring compressor or anything will I? Same of the front, will i need a spring compressor? Or is it a seprate shock and spring combination. I had a bad experience with a spring compressor in high school and i dont own one or ever want to use one again. Damn thing broke and sent the spring straight through a car door, i am still shaking from that. I am doing it all in my driveway with basic tools. If i need any special tools please tell me.

Lastly can someone recomend me some good shocks. Tell me the price too if you know of the cheap ones and good ones.

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The rear springs are definately easy to do, just 2 bolts on each shock.

The fronts are coil-over shocks, and you will have to remove the spring/shock assembly from the car and bring them to a shop that has a wall mounted spring compressor to mount the new shocks up. Expect to pay $10-20 for this.

As far as shocks OEM Ford shocks are as good as you should expect to get in the lower priced category. Bilsteins are great if you can justify $350 shocks, I can't.

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The rear springs are definately easy to do, just 2 bolts on each shock.

The fronts are coil-over shocks, and you will have to remove the spring/shock assembly from the car and bring them to a shop that has a wall mounted spring compressor to mount the new shocks up. Expect to pay $10-20 for this.

As far as shocks OEM Ford shocks are as good as you should expect to get in the lower priced category. Bilsteins are great if you can justify $350 shocks, I can't.
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Good the rears are easy.

I guess i could leave the car on jack stands for a little while, while i bring the front assembly to the shop. If i can get them to charge them for me $10-20 it will be worth it.

$350 for shocks? lol. They can keep them and shove them up their @$$. hahaha. I paid $30 each for the rears on my 86 Cougar.

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Wellllll...that all depends on what you want out of your car!
I've spent closer to $600. on adjustable Koni's. Of course, I've always been more a "handling" guy than just a "go-fast" guy. But, I guarantee you any car, your Cougar included, will NOT handle as well with $30. "Acme Shock Co." units on it as it will with Bilsteins (which I've also used) or Koni's, etc.!
Of course, back when I spent that kind of money on car parts, I was young, dumb, and fulla...spare cash!?
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Wellllll...that all depends on what you want out of your car!
I've spent closer to $600. on adjustable Koni's. Of course, I've always been more a "handling" guy than just a "go-fast" guy. But, I guarantee you any car, your Cougar included, will NOT handle as well with $30. "Acme Shock Co." units on it as it will with Bilsteins (which I've also used) or Koni's, etc.!
Of course, back when I spent that kind of money on car parts, I was young, dumb, and fulla...spare cash!?
I am more of a handling person, i live on long island so there are not many places you can go straight before you hit a turn. Used to love the way my 86 cougar handled turns. Turning is more fun anyway. But my Tbird is going to get me too and from school, plus its a 3.8, with 85,000 miles, i just got it, and i am the third owner. I dont have plans on making this car a project car, dont have the time or money. I have school to worry about.

But i am just looking for a good set of shocks under a hundred dolars for the front and under a hundred for the back. If anyone can recomend me a good brand i would apreciate it.

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Call Dan Newman at Joe Cooper Ford. I got a set of 4 shocks for $170 shipped.

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