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Shocks and Struts Time...

I am leaning towards Bilstiens but was wondering if anyone had any other recommendations.

2001 GT, FRPP C Springs, Daily Driver, occasional drag strip but not a priority anymore. Looking to improve overall ride quality. Current shocks and struts are OEM type replacements KYB Excel GR2.

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Also, should I buy Fox length or stick with 94-04 length struts?


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Looking at the price of bilsteins I may go ahead and go coil-over up front at the same time. Do the rear shocks with Konis or Tokico Blues.

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with regards to shocks.....IMHO:

1) Koni- Excellent for racing applications- overpriced for street applications


2) Tokico, QA1 & Bilstein- A very good shock forstreet/strip applications. If you are running very stiff tires on the street(such as Bridgstone or tires with profiles shorter than 50 series), theseprovide the extra give that you need for both comfort & stability- but I will also say this...Bilstein has had QA issues for the past few years and seems to vary at any time..although they do stand behind their warranty.


3) KYB- A very good shock for street/strip applications (these are really not oem equivalents). Ifyou are running a softer tires on the street (such as BFG or tires withprofiles not shorter than 50 series), these provide the extra stiffness thatyou need for both comfort & stability. The Exel-G’s (formerly GR-2) are theequivalent to the Edelbrock IAS automatic adjusting units. Overall, stiffnessbetween the Gas-a-just and the GR2’s are the same, the difference is the GR-2'svalving which stiffens things up from a oem setting to that of the Gas-a-justunits.


4) Gabriel- A very nice good quality HD OEMreplacement type unit.


The thing to remember, if you get a shock that is too stiff, you will loose tire patch traction.....any shock you select for street use on these cars should have (IMHO) 1.5 inches of both give/take to allow for road conditions and also allow the tires and suspension components to do their job.......


5) Monroe- stay away from that junk!


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Shocks and Struts Time...

I have the same shocks and struts as you on my '95 with ford B springs and I enjoy the setup. Decent handing at speeds that will kill you and it's not too rough of a ride. If better ride quality is what you're after, progressive rate springs will get you there without being too mushy. It'd also be a lot cheaper than $200 a strut. I think coil-overs would be "overkill" for a street/strip 98% street car. It seems like too much of a hassle for what you'd be doing with it. "Gotta get 'em dialed in and the camber just right so I can scoot aground the express way more aggressively on the way to the office."
My fox had koni str-t's and they were no better and no worse than the KYB gr2's. It had Eibach sportline springs and they were horrible.

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