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Old 07-15-2005, 12:38 PM   #21
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Willwren mentions in his strut link that they are very much the same, however the reflex react slightly faster than the sensatracs. That'* the reason behind the valve.
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Willwren has great info on the struts....

The FE1 suspension does not use Rear ELC... But I do suggest upgrading to a rear air strut, with a line adaptor kit, and running the struts at 16-20 Psi.... They are well worth it

And I use nothing But Monroe here

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Willwren has great info on the struts....

The FE1 suspension does not use Rear ELC... But I do suggest upgrading to a rear air strut, with a line adaptor kit, and running the struts at 16-20 Psi.... They are well worth it

And I use nothing But Monroe here
So do you just pump them up by hand then?

Anyhew, the bigger problem I have is that I don't know what the stock struts are supposed to feel like - they've been bouncy since I got the car. They've recently got worlds worse, but they've never been what I would consider 'stock' in functionality... so it'* hard for me to say if it'* worth 120 bucks extra around the car to do the reflex (and boy they're getting hard to find around here, my experience anyway)...

Or I could just go with those gabe'* that people have been having good luck with. But didn't you at one point say you had them and they were junk? Were those the stock replacement, or the GRBY2 (or whatever it is)?
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EVERYONE FREEZE!

Kenn, are those Reflex rear struts you list WITH the ELC option? Can you confirm that they are? That may be the problem.
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Willwren has great info on the struts....

The FE1 suspension does not use Rear ELC... But I do suggest upgrading to a rear air strut, with a line adaptor kit, and running the struts at 16-20 Psi.... They are well worth it

And I use nothing But Monroe here
So do you just pump them up by hand then?

Anyhew, the bigger problem I have is that I don't know what the stock struts are supposed to feel like - they've been bouncy since I got the car. They've recently got worlds worse, but they've never been what I would consider 'stock' in functionality... so it'* hard for me to say if it'* worth 120 bucks extra around the car to do the reflex (and boy they're getting hard to find around here, my experience anyway)...

Or I could just go with those gabe'* that people have been having good luck with. But didn't you at one point say you had them and they were junk? Were those the stock replacement, or the GRBY2 (or whatever it is)?
I use a small air compressor.... My stock struts were supprisingly firm for having what Pontiac called the Soft ride... But over time they were showing their signs of weakening.... I ended up with a set of Gabriels... Sucked A$$ all the way around... I will never put them on another car again...

The Reflex struts would have been better if I had known much about them at the time...lol

I ended up with the Monroe OEM replacements... $71 each, I think they are $74-76 each now... And tossed in the Line kit for the air struts.... I usually run them at 20PSI unless I am going to carry a good bit in the back end, then I jack em up a bit, 30 psi or so.... And they did improve the handling... Love em.... Been on there about 2 years now...

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Kenn, are those Reflex rear struts you list WITH the ELC option? Can you confirm that they are? That may be the problem.
Another question to add... Are the Reflex struts discontinued?

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On our vehicles they have been. Trying to find a set around here is painful. Most places can't get a hold of them. I've found 2 parts stores that can get a hold of them... but I can't get the wife to agree.
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haha i use firestone struts up front and monroe in the rear
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Kenn, are those Reflex rear struts you list WITH the ELC option? Can you confirm that they are? That may be the problem.
yea they r its the same number that u have in ur link
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Kenn, are those Reflex rear struts you list WITH the ELC option? Can you confirm that they are? That may be the problem.
Another question to add... Are the Reflex struts discontinued?
yes the reflex struts are discontinued but i can get my hands on them still
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