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Old 06-09-2010, 08:27 PM   #1
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My Regency needs struts, Badly. When driving down the highway, at every expansion joint or bump in the road, I'm getting bobbing up and down from the front end of the car. After performing the jounce test, I'm getting 2 or 2 1/2 bounces instead of 1 1/2 max.

I didn't really notice the excessive bouncing until I drove a relative'* 2000 Park Avenue. The car is a bit larger and more "boaty" than mine, but uses the same basic front suspension. The car glided over every bump in the road with no excessive bouncing like mine.

The struts on the rear are still OK, they will need to be replaced in a year'* time or so, but I'd like to wait until I can find some good inexpensive replacement air struts for the ELC rear suspension. Monroe sells the Sensa-Track Air Strut for $62.79 which isn't bad at all, especially compared to GM'* 22064179 for $229...

Now, the question is. Which front struts should I jump for? I've never had to buy struts or have them replaced, so I am wondering what brands I should stick with. I can stick with the OEM AC-Delco 503-353'* (GM P/N 88945833; "PREMIUM GAS CHARGED") strut for $65 each or I could go with Monroe Sensa-Trac #931822 for $63 each, or KYB GR-2 / Excel-G strut at $60 each.

What do you guys use with your Bonneville'*? Do you have any you'd recommend? I just want a comfortable, controlled ride with this car...

Nick

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For us, I believe the KYB Gas-a-Just monotube shocks or KYB MonoMax monotube shocks are a good choice for the fronts. Still doing my research though.
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