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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 01-06-2005, 06:19 PM   #1
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I'm putting all four struts on my 96 se. It'* between the senseatrac'* (i wanted the reflex ) and the kyb'*. Looking for any imput on preferances .
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I have used both the Sensatracs and KYB'* in my 1997 LeSabre (identical to a 1997 Bonneville except for body skins). The Sensatracs are not much firmer than stock -- they still allow the car to float like an old man highway cruiser. The KYB'* are MUCH MUCH firmer than stock. They transform the Bonneville/Lesabres from soft, sloppy handling float mobiles into very respectable machines. The 95-99 Bonneville uses the same strut cartridges and spring rates as the LeSabre, as well as the same part # sway bars for the standard and HD suspensions, so the rides are identical (which is pretty bad). I also upgraded from my 28mm front / 19mm rear stock sway bars to 32mm front/21 mm rear solid bars from a touring package Lesabre (will also fit the Bonnes). This also made a huge difference in how flat the car corners.

Bottom line is, the Sensatracs are designed for an OE ride quality, with valving that allows slightly increased damping at extreme compression/rebound. The car will still be a floater and have body roll. The KYB'* completely eliminate the OE float and roll.
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I have KYB GR-2'*(as well as drop springs) but the KYB'* are much stiffer than a stock strut. Ride quality will degrade a little but if you dont mind that the handling improvements are great.
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Run from Sensa-Tracs. In all the cars I have put them in they float and wear out in less than 2 years. RUN!

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yeap i run away from da sensatracs thats why i got the REFLEXES i have part Numbers if necessarry

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yeap i run away from da sensatracs thats why i got the REFLEXES i have part Numbers if necessarry

931822 Front
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My dad has em in his Ultra, AWESOME!!!
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im gettin new ones cause im bout to throw some 20'* on da bonnie
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