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Old 01-24-2005, 10:35 PM   #1
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I just installed Monroe'* top of the line shock up front and am very pleased with the improved handling and grip. I didn't replace the back because the air shocks are EXPENSIVE! However, just the front shocks made a difference. I had to replace them because the strut tower got damaged from a nasy pothole. Lakeville never maintains their roads, so if you want you're suspention to last don't come here.
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I installed Monroe Sensatracs (probably what you have) on my LeSabre, and took them off after 35k miles. They were slight improvement over stock, but still allowed lots of body roll and floating. I replaced them with KYB GR-2s. Night and day difference, the GR2s are valved to be firm all of the time, unlike the factory struts and Sensatracs, which bypass most of the strut pressure near the center position, allowing floating action. I had one sensatrac fail in these 35k miles, so I'm really not impressed with their quality at all.
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For a comparison between the Monroe'*:

http://www.williamwren.com/struts/elc.html
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I have the Sensatrack. They seem better over stock. They cost me $34 per shock. I didn't replace the back shocks yet. I don't know if its bad to have new shocks up front and original in back. How is the ride quality in the Reflex? The Sensatrack is a little harsh and body lean is still evedent. However, when I hit a turn hard I feel more in control than before. It feels almost like the tire is digging into the ground. With the old shocks if I was going around a bend the car would kind of rock and float when hitting bumps. With these shocks there is no more rocking.
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Reflex killed alot of body roll in the rear for me. And my car railed before I changed them. I can't say enough about them. Well worth the money. My biggest benefit, however, was killing the air leaks in my stockers at 100k.

Not a harsh ride at all. The reflexes react 100x faster than the sensatraks due to better valving.
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And my car railed before I changed them.
What did you have before?
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Stock. At 100k. And keep in mind that with those stock struts, my car was judged to be the best handling car at WCBF '04.
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You know i've noticed that too. The 92-93 SSEi'* have the best handling of all. I test drove a 93' */C'd Oldsmobile Touring Sedan a year ago and that thing could handle like crazy. That TS is way heavier than my LSS but it sure could handle better. What are the differences in suspention between a 92-93 SSEi and 94-99SSEi? I think they got softer in the newer ones
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The only VARIABLE is the spring diameters. The SSEi standard suspension can have 5 different spring stiffnesses. Damemorder has done some research into this. Is it possible the 92-93 had the thicker springs, and it was softened up later? Only a careful measurment/comparison would tell.

Even compared to the SilverBullet....CHERRY SSEi with LOW miles, my car was on rails with shot rear struts. My only upgrade was replaced front struts (basic Gabriels) and Poly endlink bushings.
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The SSEi standard suspension can have 5 different spring stiffnesses.
Can you tell which one you have by RPO codes?
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