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    Posted: 30-October-2017 at 12:37AM
I had installed some cheap Monroe shocks on my Montego wagon when I rebuilt the front suspension and installed the 1 1/2" lowering springs.  They need replacing.
 
I've read through some old threads.  Looks like the Bilsteins are popular, but I'm not sure how well they'll work and hold up on a car that's been lowered.  Looking on Rock Auto, it says "For Stock Ride Height".  They're also about 3x more expensive than any other option.  We're talking $400 for a set of shocks.
 
Also, I'm looking more for comfort than for handling.  I lowered the front for looks, not for handling.  We're talking about a station wagon, here.  ;)
 
Has anyone had any experience and can make any recommendations?
 
Also, I never got around to replacing the rear shocks.  They're still the air shocks that were on it, when I bought it.  I think the original owner would air it up when he would use it for towing.  I'd like to replace them.  One thing I've noticed is how much the wagon settles and squats, in the rear, when we load the family or friends up in the wagon.  I noticed some Monroe Load Adjusting shocks on Rock Auto.  This sounds like a good option.  They've got a spring on them.  My concern with these is they might raise the rear of my wagon more than it currently sits with that spring on the shock.  I don't want that.  I've got my ride height exactly where I want it.  Any input or experience? 
 
 
Also, any input on mixing shocks, front vs rear.  Can I use a pair of Monroe Load Adjusting Shocks on the rear, and some different brand/model shocks on the front?
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Jeff,
 I run KYB Gas-a-just's #KG4515 on the front and an older set of gas charged Gabriel's on the rear, been pretty satisfied with the ride considering I lowered it a good bit which raised the spring rate substantially. I will go to rear KYB's if the Gabriel's go bad/leak.  I have heard Bilstein's are a top of the line shock, but also heard a few reviews of harsh ride issues, but that could be due to a custom/heavily modified application.
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Originally posted by aquartlow aquartlow wrote:

Jeff,
 I run KYB Gas-a-just's #KG4515 on the front and an older set of gas charged Gabriel's on the rear, been pretty satisfied with the ride considering I lowered it a good bit which raised the spring rate substantially. I will go to rear KYB's if the Gabriel's go bad/leak.  I have heard Bilstein's are a top of the line shock, but also heard a few reviews of harsh ride issues, but that could be due to a custom/heavily modified application.
 
Thanks Todd.  I saw those listed under the "Performance" option on Rock Auto, and thought they looked interesting. 
 
One thing I don't want is a harsh ride.  I'm too old for that $hit.  :)
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Originally posted by n2fordwagons n2fordwagons wrote:

Originally posted by aquartlow aquartlow wrote:

Jeff,
 I run KYB Gas-a-just's #KG4515 on the front and an older set of gas charged Gabriel's on the rear, been pretty satisfied with the ride considering I lowered it a good bit which raised the spring rate substantially. I will go to rear KYB's if the Gabriel's go bad/leak.  I have heard Bilstein's are a top of the line shock, but also heard a few reviews of harsh ride issues, but that could be due to a custom/heavily modified application.
 
Thanks Todd.  I saw those listed under the "Performance" option on Rock Auto, and thought they looked interesting. 
 
One thing I don't want is a harsh ride.  I'm too old for that $hit.  :)


get the kyb excel g's, just put some on mine, great ride and road manners.
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compare prices  / shipping here
 
 
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I have run the KYBs on the cougar and the torino, and I really like them. The ride quality is very comfortable, and the monotube design runs cooler.
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If you don't want any ride harshness, I'd stay away from Bilstiens.  They definitely offer awesome control but at the expense of some ride comfort.  They do offer a "comfort" Bilstien shock, but I can't comment on how good they are, and they are still twice the price of KYB's.  Based on what you're saying, I'd go for KYB's.
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Thanks everyone.  Looks like KYB is the way to go.  Hopefully the rears will support the extra weight when we load the wagon up with people.  I did research the Monroe Load Adjusting shocks, and there were several reviews that they raised the rear an inch.
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Jeff,
 Just a "heads up", Autozone is running a special right now, buy 4 "qualifying" KYB's and get a $25 VISA gift card. May save some aggravation and the wait time by purchasing from your local AZ.


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Originally posted by aquartlow aquartlow wrote:

Jeff,
 Just a "heads up", Autozone is running a special right now, buy 4 "qualifying" KYB's and get a $25 VISA gift card. May save some aggravation and the wait time by purchasing from your local AZ.
 
Thanks Todd.  Unfortunately AutoZone's prices are outrageous, over twice the price.  RockAuto's price on the 4 shocks, with shipping, is $142.35.  AutoZone's price on the same four shocks, before shipping and taxes, is $295.96.  There's probably a 15% discount somewhere, but still....
 
So far, shopping around at Amazon, shockwarehouse.com, etc, rockauto has the best price.
 
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Originally posted by n2fordwagons n2fordwagons wrote:

Originally posted by aquartlow aquartlow wrote:

Jeff,
 Just a "heads up", Autozone is running a special right now, buy 4 "qualifying" KYB's and get a $25 VISA gift card. May save some aggravation and the wait time by purchasing from your local AZ.
 
Thanks Todd.  Unfortunately AutoZone's prices are outrageous, over twice the price.  RockAuto's price on the 4 shocks, with shipping, is $142.35.  AutoZone's price on the same four shocks, before shipping and taxes, is $295.96.  There's probably a 15% discount somewhere, but still....
 
So far, shopping around at Amazon, shockwarehouse.com, etc, rockauto has the best price.
 
Thanks for looking out for me.  I appreciate it!
 
Yeah, that is quite the markup. I was on AZ website looking for a steering gear for my SD when I came across the "deal"(not so much) on KYB's. The only issue I have with Rockauto is that when I order more than 2 parts, they never come from the same warehouse(so THEY say). Good luck.
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