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Old 01-08-2006, 02:12 AM   #21
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why is that? from what i can tell them seem to be junk! leaking and then i have to maintan the rest of the system my pump works but for how long i'm not sure?..this is just a daily driver i'm not looking to restore to factory or anything I just hate all the body roll and the a$$ draggin while i'm driving! is there some big pluses to the air ride that i'm unaware of?
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It'* a self leveling system. I wasn't sure if I wanted to put air back on my car, but found out they are the same price as the regular shocks, so I bought the air again. I also replaced a small section of the air line since I had the gas tank out( tank needed replacing). I can say that I am glad I did replace it with the air.


If you don't want to go with the air, then I would go with the KYB struts, I think they are the GR-2, but I could be wrong. I have them on my Malibu, and i have ridden in Seth'* (smellbird) car on a 5 hour trip and he has them on all 4 corners, they are great.
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thanks for the info!...I had a friend with*cough,honda* the kyb-agx'* on his car with an ibach pro kit it rode like a brick!!..But it handled incredle well!...
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i've been following all the advice you guys have been giving re the back end dragging and really appreciate it. this has been a great help! thanks all.

if i'm to follow, the sse comes with both air struts and coil springs in the back? if this is the case i know my problem. i tried using the air inflator to test the compressor and it comes on and off fine. it also does not run constantly so therefore no leak. on the weekend i was out with some friends (probably the first time the old girl'* had someone in the backseat ever!) and with 5 people i was expecting it to bottom right out. she didn't. i'm taking it from that that the air shocks are working the best they can but the coils are giving up the ghost. anybody replaced the coils and know how awkward it is? i know on a conventional rwd its a bit of a pain but not that expensive. how do these cars stack up?
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First off, I'd strongly suggest everyone stick with Monroe Sensatrac shocks. They are 'rated' the same as KYB and are cheaper, while retaining the ELC function.

The rear suspension is dependent not only on the springs and the ELC (for those equipped, but also on the shock itself. These are NOT AIR SHOCKS. These are GAS shocks with AIR assist.

So the air can leak, and the gas be fine, or the other way around. Keep in mind this is for the next gen, but it'* a great guide:

http://www.williamwren.com/stuts/elc.html

If your *** doesn't drag (ELC works) but the ride is still too soft, your gas portion of the rear shocks are likely shot. ELC adds alot to feel and cornering performance. This makes the Sensatrac'* with ELC retained a much more viable alternative to the KYB.
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I looked into the price difference and it is a substancial amount more for the air-assit struts!..there about an extra 90$ per side! Unfortunately i'm CHEAP! so my car will not be getting the premium air-assist struts!........sorry car!, I still love you!.....
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I picked mine up for 74$ per side. I got them from a parts place up here called Canadian Tire, they sell everything like home depot, but with auto parts.
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I looked into the price difference and it is a substancial amount more for the air-assit struts!..there about an extra 90$ per side! Unfortunately i'm CHEAP! so my car will not be getting the premium air-assist struts!........sorry car!, I still love you!.....
what struts did you look at, and where did you price them? that seems high to me
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I priced them out here at ROTAN! and hey bud I'm from windsor! I know what canadian tire is!lol..but thanks!.. here'* the link to the site that quoted me!

http://www.realtimeperformance.ca/fo...pic.php?t=2590

see these guys were the cheapest in town too!..I called around and your qoute for candian tire seems to match that of the front struts!...Is it really really worth paying that much extra for an option that I probably won't get much use out of?. I drive this car back and forth to work like a 10 minute drive!.
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What did Crappy Tire want for the rear air struts??
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