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Old 01-24-2005, 03:58 PM   #21
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Well, the leveling system adjusts the height of the rear end to compensate for added loads. It'* a nice feature to have if you are carrying heavy stuff or a lot of people. It can also create a very comfortable ride.
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I don't do either of those. I'll ask the race team at the dealer about swapping the stock struts on the back for the KYBs. If they advise against it I'll just put the Monroes on. Anything beats having bad struts.
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Yea, new struts are new struts. If you get the GR-2s, you will be very happy with em.
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Stiffness should be adjusted by spring rates, and damping rates adjusted by Struts. My Struts are straight up dampers, they don't pop up when compressed.

Some SE'* have been optioned up to FE2 or even FE3. Others have changed over on their own.
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That'* what I meant. I mix my terminology up.
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I called the dealer, and the race team said that it'* all right to convert the rear-end to gas struts. So I ordered the GR-2s from Advance Auto Parts. They cost about $70 and should be here tomorrow.
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What kind of setup would you want if you were to have a lot of weight over the back wheels from a stereo, but wanted to retain a fairly comfortable ride and still have performance?
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What kind of setup would you want if you were to have a lot of weight over the back wheels from a stereo, but wanted to retain a fairly comfortable ride and still have performance?
The GR-2'* will probably have no problem keeping the back end up. The ride is very comfortable, but its definitly not as soft as the adjustable shocks that comes on the SSE / SSEi'*. The GR-2'* are a more sporty strut.
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Being gas charged, they should have a progressive rate, Which is great because you can still have a smooth ride, but the stiffness ramps up quickly.
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BonneMeMN, what I really like about the KYB Gr-2s for the H body application is that they are NOT valved in a noticeably progressive fasion -- they are always stiff. The stock struts were valved so progressively, and also designed with less rebound damping than compression damping, that the H bodies had an unacceptable amount of body roll and a soft ride. The KYB'* stay firm even at small displacements, such that they do not allow any measure of floating. They also do a great job of keeping the too-soft factory springs from allowing side to side roll. The KYB'* are a large order of magnitude stiffer than a factory or factory style (sensatrac) strut. You lose some of the smooth ride, if you consider the sea-sickness inducing factory wallowing "smooth". I was more than willing to lose all remnants of the factory H body ride.
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