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Old 08-29-2014, 01:48 AM   #1
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I still havnt installed the front struts, i have them. "Monroe Sensa Trak" im told that'll give the soft ride i want. But what about the coil springs & struts in the rear? Installed Gabriel Hi Jackers struts in the rear when i first bought the car and i do not like them. They're pretty hard on bumps, any recommendations?
I wana do them all at once.
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monroe sells the stock air struts. usually around $50 for the set. if you're compressor is bad, they also sell the adapter kit which turns the hoses that come out of them into a plain Schroeder valve like the ones on you're tires.
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Ok thanks.. Ill get on it & a couple of days hopefully
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no problem. i had the same issue. and the plus side of the manual inflation, you can raise the car as high as you want if you plan to carry alot of weight. they hold up to 150psi according to the instructions.
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I don't think he has a problem with the rear'* compressor working, at least that is not what I attained from reading his post, I am pretty sure he is just looking for spring, and strut recommendations.

I know you already bought the front struts, and the sensa-trac'* are a decent choice for a soft ride, somewhat similar to the OE struts.
The KYB'* would not have been as soft, but they do offer a bit firmer ride, from what I have heard anyway. KYB Part # 334677

For the rear you can go with sensa-trac'* as well if you want to keep with a soft, somewhat factory feel to the ride.
Overall the KYB'* are a bit better product, they cost a little more though.

You do have the automatic leveling system in the rear right?
If so look for the KYB'*, KYB Part # SR1002 should fit your rear.

I don't think the springs wear out that easily, but if you just want to replace them while you are doing the shocks, then I'd go with ACDELCO Part # 45H2107, that springs are 82.00 for the pair.
Don't forget to get it aligned when you are done.


A tip if you have air leveling, and the compressor still works, every year or so I remove the soft EVAP looking line from the compressor that is under the right rear, and I insert the needle from this light machine oil bottle, and give it just a little squirt, it should help prolong the life of the compressor, even though it is supposed to be an oil-less compressor it still helps.
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I dont hav a problem with my rear compressor... And so wait the Kyb'* are soft as well? And i kinda think i need coil springs because lately its been pretty saggy in the rear, so i adjusted the leveling system so the rear would sit back up as i rememberd it..
That also of course made the rear ride even harder.

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The KYB'* are not as soft, but are a bit better quality wise, if you can find Sensa-Tracs for the rear they should do fine, I did not see them on RockAuto for your 97 PA though.

How did you adjust the rear leveling system?
Do you have a manual system Justin linked you to, or do you actually use the automatic leveling from the compressor?

I am not sure if your Ride/Trim Height Measurement and Adjustment specs are the same, but they should be close, I'll post the info I have on my 96' PA, so if you want to you can measure to see just how much the rear is off from what it should be.
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I dont think they make tha sensa traks for the rear.. Only the fronts..
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It doesn't look like they do, I searched a bit and could not find them either.
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