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Gabriel Ultra Shocks/Struts

Discussion in '1994-2004 V6 Mustang Tech' started by MorganMcCann, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. MorganMcCann

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    I use this brand on my 98 Mercury Villager GS van.
     
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    I put them on the 'Stang tonight, after the set for a few days I'll let you guys know how they are. In the spring, if these hold up well I plan on doing my struts also.

    The shocks I removed were the stock struts, the car has 223,000 miles on it.
     
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    Most guys here use Koni shocks, monroe is a good shock, but no one puts them on their ponies.
     
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    I didn't want anything for performance, just a stock replacement. I've got way too many miles on the car to put a lot of money into it.
     
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    They are good for OEM replacements.

    IMHO buy Aftermarket shocks and install them. I put the Gabriels on my 02 to replace the worn out stockers. About 2 months later I put Tokico blues on with drop springs. The money I spent on OEM replacements could of gone to the Tokico's.

    I paid about $315 (with shipping to Hawaii) for the Tokico's from JC Whitney.
     
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    I got the rear shocks for 20$ from Autozone, and the front struts will only be ~100$. If I had the dollar for the blues, I would do them.
    Why did you get rid of them?
     
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    He needed the Tokico HP's for the springs he installed since they can handle mild drops with ease. The ones you bought will give you no issues as stock replacements.
     
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    Ahh! I did not know they wouldn't handle drops. Thanks!

    When I do the front end, is there anything I should know about it that is strange?
     
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    No, it's pretty straight forward and easy. Just make sure you don't let the brake caliper line hang if you unbolt them from the spindle for easier access.
     
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    When my father did his crown vic, he zip tied them up. Is that good enough?
     
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    Yeah that'll work fine.
     
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    Awesome! Is there any other things I should replace while I'm working on the front end?
     
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    I'd inspect the end link bushings, ball joints, and tie rod ends to make sure nothing need replacing/greasing. If the ball joint or tie rod end needs greasing, you will need a grease gun and a needle fitting to do it if they are OEM (no zerk fitting). But do not pierce the boot to grease. Instead, slide/work it up underneath the edge of the boot. If you have aftermarket ones with a zerk fitting, just attach to the fitting and squeeze. Just a little bit will do; you don't want the thing looking like it's about to burst. Also wouldn't hurt to glance at the pads and make sure they don't need replacing.
     
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    Makes sense, I've got a gun with the fitting. I'll have to try that. Thanks!
     
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    Most people here use Koni excitement, monroe is a excellent surprise, but no one places them on their rides now i guess.........
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