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My car was already lowered when I purchased it and it gets real bouncy when I even hit or run over the smallest bumps on the road.. I was wondering if i replaced my stock shocks and struts, will it make the ride smoother? I'm looking at these two items because mainly I'm on a budget for now.

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My car was already lowered when I purchased it and it gets real bouncy when I even hit or run over the smallest bumps on the road.. I was wondering if i replaced my stock shocks and struts, will it make the ride smoother? I'm looking at these two items because mainly I'm on a budget for now.

KYB GR-2/Excel-G Rear Shock (94-04 GT, V6, Mach 1; 94-98 Cobra) 344433 - Free Shipping! $49.99

KYB GR-2/Excel-G Front Strut (94-04 All) 235060 - Free Shipping! $69.99
Yes, definitely! If the previous owner installed lowering springs on the stock Shocks and Struts, it's really common for them to blow out over a few thousand miles. Mainly because your stock Shocks and Struts are set up to handle the stock Spring rate. When throwing a much lower and more aggressive Spring in there, it will eventually blow them out! To me, it sounds like this is what you're experiencing.

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New shocks/struts will.definitely help your problem. I know nothing about those KYB's you listed, but at that price it's probably safe to assume that you get what you pay for, just as with almost everything else in Mustangs and life. But, I'm sure they are way better than the blown out shocks you currently have, so go for it. If anything, they will make it ride better for the time being, and basically buy you a year or two before having to shell out $400-600 on a good set.
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Dampers will definitely help with you ride quality, but I would recommend Tokico's for your car over KYB's, they have better ride quality. Do you know which springs are installed or how much lower it is than stock? Tokico's seem to do a better job handling aggressive springs IMO without giving up ride quality.
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how low is the car from stock............regardless of what dampener you go with, if the car is too low. It will just bounce off of the bump stop on any dampener. In turn giving the car a "Low rider" feel instead of a curve carving machine that it was meant to be.

Most half a$$ed lowering jobs are "botched" from the word go. I would suggest checking out what all was used to lower the car and go from there.
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New shocks/struts will.definitely help your problem. I know nothing about those KYB's you listed, but at that price it's probably safe to assume that you get what you pay for, just as with almost everything else in Mustangs and life. But, I'm sure they are way better than the blown out shocks you currently have, so go for it. If anything, they will make it ride better for the time being, and basically buy you a year or two before having to shell out $400-600 on a good set.
i want to get those $600 sets but i'm kind of on a budget right now.. a year or 2 is good. i can save up and get better equipments.
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Yes, definitely! If the previous owner installed lowering springs on the stock Shocks and Struts, it's really common for them to blow out over a few thousand miles. Mainly because your stock Shocks and Struts are set up to handle the stock Spring rate. When throwing a much lower and more aggressive Spring in there, it will eventually blow them out! To me, it sounds like this is what you're experiencing.

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what do you think about those equipment i listed to replace the stock shocks and struts? are they gonna be good or at least make a difference on the smootheness of driving? like not making me fly off my seat everytime i run over a small bump on the freeway lol:laughlitt
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Dampers will definitely help with you ride quality, but I would recommend Tokico's for your car over KYB's, they have better ride quality. Do you know which springs are installed or how much lower it is than stock? Tokico's seem to do a better job handling aggressive springs IMO without giving up ride quality.
i'm actually going to my mechanic tomorrow for an oil change and some engine check ups. i'm going to check it out and go from there. I'm looking at the KYB's coz I'm really on a budget and maybe it will be good for a year or two. til then i can save up for those $600 Tokico set
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how low is the car from stock............regardless of what dampener you go with, if the car is too low. It will just bounce off of the bump stop on any dampener. In turn giving the car a "Low rider" feel instead of a curve carving machine that it was meant to be.

Most half a$$ed lowering jobs are "botched" from the word go. I would suggest checking out what all was used to lower the car and go from there.

I'm actually not sure, I'm going to post a picture tomorrow and put something like an iPhone standing up from the ground to show comparison to a stock height stang.
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btw thanks to all your replies.. they're all really helpful for a car noob/amateur like me.
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tires play a big role in ride quality...if you have worn out low profile tires...yeah it's rough, so take note accordingly
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I second the Tokico's. I had them on the 97 GT I had a few years back with the Eibach springs and sway bars. I loved them but then again I love the windy roads. They were slightly stiff for a DD but not unbearable by any means.
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tires play a big role in ride quality...if you have worn out low profile tires...yeah it's rough, so take note accordingly
when i got the car, the first thing i changed on it were the tires so they're pretty brand new with the stock rims.

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I second the Tokico's. I had them on the 97 GT I had a few years back with the Eibach springs and sway bars. I loved them but then again I love the windy roads. They were slightly stiff for a DD but not unbearable by any means.
i wanna get em but $600 is out of my budget right now so i have to either deal with this bouncy ass hurting problem or get the cheap KYB shocks and struts
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Just looked at that pic, your car especially the front end looks slammed. It does look mean as hell like that though.

I would check to see what springs are on there, and if the isolators are there or not. My car is on Sportlines which are about the most drop of any aftermarket springs out there and I still have a solid 2-2.5" gap between the fender and tire; it looks like you have way less than that. I'm thinking your car probably has cut stock springs, which aren't a bad way of doing it if you're on a budget, but the previous owner cut them too short. If that's the case, I think the best starting point for a real fix to this is new springs.

You'll still need new shocks and struts too since it's safe to assume the current ones are done, but as long as it's that low it's probably still gonna ride like crap.
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