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Discussion in 'Gen 1 & 2 - Suspension, Brake Systems, & Body' started by TankII, May 16, 2020.

  1. BaySHO Performance

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    I've had Koni, Tokico, KYB GR2 and Monroe Sensatracs on my cars. The Monroes are stiffer and better matched with Eibach springs than the KYBs.

    Moog make springs: do they also make struts?
     
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    Jbeck I have NO IDEA what I'm doing!! Supporting Member

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    Your description it spot on! I went with the SS coilovers for this build...the tailored valving and adjustability should be able to remedy all of those issues, I have heard of users disconnecting the front sway bars because they didnt need them after the SS coilover installs....that is some impressive valving!
     
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    Don't know why it hasn't been brought up, but the stock Motorcraft struts can still be found if you go down a long path of looking for the right part numbers.
     
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    Don't have all of them:
    Strut, front 89-91 AM-931-G - SHO F7AZ-18124-HB
    Strut, rear 93-94 AM-610-G - SHO F4DZ-18125-D
    Strut, rear 95 AM-616-G - SHO F5DZ-18125-B
     
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  5. TankII

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    Latest update:
    The Gabriel Ultras arrived yesterday.
    Today, I replaced the driver's side Koni (Rebuilt less than 5K miles ago) with one of the new struts and took it for a drive. Note, the passenger's side is still a Monroe Sensatrac for this test.
    Results:
    Significantly better ride on driver's side over potholes. Car lost a few rattles!
    Zero float at highway speeds over some washboards highways near my house.
    Flatter cornering when turning left - On-ramp near my house, ~ 55 MPH 90 degree turn.

    So, I replaced the passenger's side next.
    With the same strut on both sides, the bumpy roads got a bit firmer (Couple old rattles returned). No significant changes at highway speeds - Maybe firmer? - but cornering was even flatter, both directions on the highway ramp.

    Verdict (With Eibachs):
    Gabriel Ultras are a definite replacement for Monroe Sensatracs. Significantly better than Monroe OE Spectrum which are comparable to the old Gabriel Gas-Ryder struts - Too soft! Better highway control than Koni and softer over sub 50MPH potholes at the same time.

    I can definitely recommend these struts - Which are on sale for a crazy closeout price @ Rock-Auto!
     
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  6. luigisho

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    Thanks for the feedback. Something to consider.

    I'm sure this is a second/part time car but I would like to hear about how they hold up over some miles. Most of the criticism is durability with either car weight or spring weight wearing them out over not alot of time. So if it pops to mind down the line update for the archive.
     
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    BTW, although there could be other part numbers to be discovered, the most widely available Motorcraft strut is ASTV-29 (5U2Z18V124UA) - about $41. 90-95 Taurus (fit note 54, 74 which means SHO and Police, although this may be also standard Taurus valving).

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    The older part number you can look for is 2U2Z-18124-DA, I only found one:
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    Combine with E6DZ-5310-AJ "J" code spring, F1DZ-18183-AA Strut Mount (or F1DZ-18183-BA police, or Moog K8822 camber plate), and F4DZ-3B455-A (or newer 3F2Z-3B455-AA) Top spring seat and bearing, and you get a stock SHO back.
     
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  8. TankII

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    I will keep everyone informed about the long-term testing, ans thanks for all the OEM part numbers!
     
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    Just wanted to note have a complete set of low mileage (< 30 K) 1995 SHO OEM shocks and struts kicking around . . . and not that far away. More details in my Classified ad.
     

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