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Old 03-06-2006, 02:32 PM   #11
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I don't believe Buick offered that many suspensions in the 86-91 H-body. They had the plain suspensions(FE1 I believe), and Grand Touring(F41). when I look up parts, even at the dealer, every thing is either normal or firm ride/heavy duty F41/F40.

Do we even know that a FE1 buick is the same as an FE1 Olds or Pontiac?
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I don't believe Buick offered that many suspensions in the 86-91 H-body. They had the plain suspensions(FE1 I believe), and Grand Touring(F41). when I look up parts, even at the dealer, every thing is either normal or firm ride/heavy duty F41/F40.

Do we even know that a FE1 buick is the same as an FE1 Olds or Pontiac?
Another thing to look at, at least with the Bonnevilles... The F41/FE2 suspension used one type of strut and the FE1 used another...

I'm nor sure if they used diffrent springs... We have wondered for quite a while weather or not a Buick FE1 was softer than a Pontiac FE1...

A good friend has a Park Avenue( 91 New body ) with Moroe struts with ELC... My Bonneville LE with factory struts and FE1 suspension still rides a decent bit firmer.. His Park rides super soft, and he has Chrome 16" caddy wheels with 225/60 16 tires too.. And its still really soft..

So I am not all that sure..

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JR, when you mentioned the line adapt kit for the rear air shocks (for $5), what did that include? Just a mount, a valve and a short hose? Are these the type that you fill under the wheel well? Curious.
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JR, when you mentioned the line adapt kit for the rear air shocks (for $5), what did that include? Just a mount, a valve and a short hose? Are these the type that you fill under the wheel well? Curious.
Lash.... Pics for you...

I hope I am not hijacking this thread...

The Line kit to adapt air struts to non air suspension..



The actually Air strut I used... Monroe Matic Plus Air Strut



Thr Air strut installed on the car... Notice the wire loom covering the Air line..



The drivers rear strut tower, and the location where I drilled the hole for the line to come through... I wanted as little of the air linr on the outside of the car as possible... After I drilled the hole I sealed the rubber gromet with silicone Black... I think I seald both sides to prevent any leaks or water penetration..



Passenger side strut tower..



Here is the T fitting for the air lines... About 1 year ago I drilled a hole and located the T into the plastic cover you see to the right... All you see now is a short Valve for the fitting..




Its been 2.5 years on these air struts, and so far they are the best struts I have used.. I'll be more than happy to install a set on my 91 LE.. These strust beat the Gabrielle VST struts I had hands down... The Gaberilles failed in a hurry, and sucked from the begining.. Did I mention I like Moroe struts?




Hope that helps answer some questions as to what i did as far as mt air struts were concerned

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Thanks for all the great info, Don. I don't think this was a hijack as he did ask about the rear air. I now think that this is one of the better threads on shocks and rear air strut adapting.

BTW, I am also a Monroe fan. Have had great luck with sensatracs. Cost effective and better than stock.
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Most people here will notice a difference with the Monroe-Matics Don used. They are equal to the OEM struts. So if yours are shot, that'* a good choice. For an upgrade, the Sensatracs are widely reviewed and claimed to be equal to the KYB GR-2, but the KYB doesn't offer a rear air assist option.
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Most people here will notice a difference with the Monroe-Matics Don used. They are equal to the OEM struts. So if yours are shot, that'* a good choice. For an upgrade, the Sensatracs are widely reviewed and claimed to be equal to the KYB GR-2, but the KYB doesn't offer a rear air assist option.
My choice for the 91 may end up being Sensatracs... They are actually cheaper than the Monroe Matics I used... Sounds like a plan to me... Sensatracs on the front with Sensatrac W/Air on the rear... I'll bet my money I will be impressed even tho they aren't the Reflex struts

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