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Old 04-26-2007, 11:05 PM   #21
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Since you do have relatively stiff suspension, bad tires can make it pretty hard to handle. How are the struts on your car, original, generic replacements, brand new Monroes? A Stiff car will have strong spring rates, and good dampening through the struts. With the F41 it can have some fast compression and rebound, and if you're tires slip easily, it'll make it tricky to say the least.

My struts came off the factory floor with my car, and it shows. Ride is a little jaring, but the only issue regarding handling is some bumpsteer when the car is going uphill. Of course 80% of my trips in town start going up the hill I live on, and hitting a manhole cover in my lane. It'* my belief that the valving is pretty shot due to the climate in MN winters, and age, causing my damping to be fubar'd.

Endlinks help a lot if yours are older rubber ones. New rubber ones perform pretty much the same as Poly, but they degrade in performance much faster, so it'* recommended to get the Poly from Energy Suspension.
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Got the front endlinks done, gonna do the rears soon. Already feel an improvement in the steering aspect (front end). Back end'* still crazy. I'm wondering if it'* just the tires. I really don't want to replace only the back 2 tires, but I don't have the money to dish out for all four at the moment. :(

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How are the struts on your car, original, generic replacements, brand new Monroes? A Stiff car will have strong spring rates, and good dampening through the struts. With the F41 it can have some fast compression and rebound, and if you're tires slip easily, it'll make it tricky to say the least.
The struts are still the old originals. Like I said previously, the original owners of this car didn't service a blasted thing other than maybe the oil and general stuff as far as I can tell.



As a further note, new struts are possibly in the works anyways, just gotta come up with the money. I really want to take a crack at those Sensa-Tracs... I know it'* always highly recommended to replace the springs with the struts, but do I need to with what I've got? If so, what/where would be the best bet for that?
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Do you have any sag on the rear end? If the car looks to sit level on the rear I'd leave it well enough alone... Even Sandrocks 93 SSEi drivers great with 177,000 miles on it..

I think we still need to do the front struts on his tho... But it rides great

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That'* what I thought. Anyways, I'm assuming by the lack of disagreement that the Monroe'* are choice?

By the way, I've actually been told the back end seems to ride a hair high... strange after how long that tow hitch was probably on there...

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That Back end is siting on the money... and the car looks to sit just as it should... I'd keep the springs and just replace the struts... When you do the fronts make sure you get the Spring seat rubber( Isolator )

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So.... what do you think?... Replacement? I think I'm gonna....

Man... I never knew it was this bad until today... check out the video

http://www.badboypodcast.com/bonneville/shocks.avi
(Just for the record, I wasn't exerting a large amount of force in the video either)

But I have a question... do our 92 SEs (F41 package) come with shocks or struts?!

I'm a little confused...
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On the front of the car the struts and springs are an assembly, and the springs will have to be removed from the struts so that you can replace them...

The rear has the springs in on the control arm, the struts can be replaced in a short period of time on the rear..... So you need struts all the way around.

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So just struts? I don't need to replace the shocks/springs?

I've decided to have them done at the shop instead, and the guy there suggested I replace the shocks as well, otherwise it would still be bouncy. I was unsure if I needed both replaced or just the struts... Keep in mind I`m only doing the rears at the moment.

Man I hate dealing with suspension issues, lol
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Okay, I'm going ahead with the struts AND shocks. The car is bouncing pretty violently, and frankly the safety of me and my passengers is worth doing both.
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Well, forgot to get pictures taken, however, the shocks were a mess. Ooze all over the place. Glad I got it all taken care of. The car ride'* like a SPORTS CAR now. hehe

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