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Mark T.
Posted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 10:09 pm
 
I have an "84 Chysler New Yorker and I would like to know what brand of
shocks and struts on the market is considered the best as far as quality?
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Thanks in advance.
 
Daniel J. Stern
Posted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 10:09 pm
 
On Fri, 25 Feb 2005, Mark T. wrote:

Quote:
I have an "84 Chysler New Yorker and I would like to know what brand of
shocks and struts on the market is considered the best as far as quality?

The very best shocks and struts available for your New Yorker are the Koni
units. They are excellent, they are durable, they are adjustable, and they
greatly improve the ride and handling, but probably cost more money than
you probably wish to spend.
 
Bruce Chang
Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 2:17 am
 
"Mark T." <wtrumbo@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
news:E2QTd.12348$Q47.10327@bignews5.bellsouth.net...
Quote:
I have an "84 Chysler New Yorker and I would like to know what brand of
shocks and struts on the market is considered the best as far as quality?
--
Thanks in advance.





For aftermarket replacement shocks, Monroe. Don't *DON'T* get Gabriel
shocks or struts. No need to buy OEM shocks from the dealer either.
 
Paul
Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 2:17 am
 
Mark T. wrote:
Quote:

I have an "84 Chysler New Yorker and I would like to know what brand of
shocks and struts on the market is considered the best as far as quality?
--
Thanks in advance.

Don't get Monroe.
My latest experience with Monroe Sensatrac:
Fronts, right out of the box:
One was leaking, one would not extend.
Rears, right out of the box:
One was leaking, one may have been ok.
I took them back and got Gabriels. I've always have had good luck with Gabs.
As another poster suggested: Koni's are good.
 
Nate Nagel
Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 4:08 am
 
Daniel J. Stern wrote:

Quote:
On Fri, 25 Feb 2005, Mark T. wrote:


I have an "84 Chysler New Yorker and I would like to know what brand of
shocks and struts on the market is considered the best as far as quality?


The very best shocks and struts available for your New Yorker are the Koni
units. They are excellent, they are durable, they are adjustable, and they
greatly improve the ride and handling, but probably cost more money than
you probably wish to spend.

He speaks the truth! Bilsteins are also good if they are available for
your vehicle, but they are not adjustable and still cost more than you
probably want to spend :/

nate

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Nate Nagel
Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 4:08 am
 
Paul wrote:

Quote:
Mark T. wrote:

I have an "84 Chysler New Yorker and I would like to know what brand of
shocks and struts on the market is considered the best as far as quality?
--
Thanks in advance.


Don't get Monroe.
My latest experience with Monroe Sensatrac:
Fronts, right out of the box:
One was leaking, one would not extend.
Rears, right out of the box:
One was leaking, one may have been ok.
I took them back and got Gabriels. I've always have had good luck with Gabs.
As another poster suggested: Koni's are good.

Had a similar experience with KYBs. the PO of my car had put KYBs on
the rear just before I bought it, maybe 6 months later they were
rattling and clunking. Replaced with Bilstein and problem goes away.
The specialty (Porsche) shop that I took the car to (I thought I
actually had a more serious suspension problem, no way could it be the
new struts I thought) tore me a new one for using KYBs until I explained
that I didn't buy them - apparently the owner had had similar problems
in the past.

I believe the PO told me there were Gabriels on the front, obviously I
can't tell without disassembly. They have been fine although a little
underdamped for the application. I've been using Gabriels on all my
Studebakers just because they are the only mfgr. that still makes a
direct fit shock (the Konis were discontinued years ago) and they work
fine in that app.

good luck

nate

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Richard
Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:23 am
 
We need to loby Bilstein to start selling their dampers for Chrysler
products, especially now that they are a "German" company also. Very
fustrating.

Koni makes both mono and dual tube shocks; I have had great results with
Bilstein's mono tube shocks - one rear set totally transformed a 1975
Chrysler Cutlass into a truly decent handling vehicle on real roads with
bumps and all.

Richard.
 
HLS
Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:56 am
 
"Mark T." <wtrumbo@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
news:E2QTd.12348$Q47.10327@bignews5.bellsouth.net...
Quote:
I have an "84 Chysler New Yorker and I would like to know what brand of
shocks and struts on the market is considered the best as far as quality?
--
Thanks in advance.

After considerable research, I recently replaced my van OEM's with Bilstein.
What a difference!
 
Mike Walsh
Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 11:36 am
 
Most after market shocks and struts are wimpy, because most people like the mushy ride that their old worn out shocks and struts gave them. A few years ago I installed Gabriel "sport suspension" struts on my Beretta. They are firmer than the factory struts ever were, the soft struts being one of the car's weaknesses.

"Mark T." wrote:
Quote:

I have an "84 Chysler New Yorker and I would like to know what brand of
shocks and struts on the market is considered the best as far as quality?
--
Thanks in advance.

--
Mike Walsh
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
 
clifto
Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 12:13 pm
 
Paul wrote:
Quote:
Don't get Monroe.
My latest experience with Monroe Sensatrac:
Fronts, right out of the box:
One was leaking, one would not extend.
Rears, right out of the box:
One was leaking, one may have been ok.
I took them back and got Gabriels. I've always have had good luck with Gabs.

Gabriels are nice shocks, and the low price makes it economical to change
them every thousand miles when they wear out.
 
High Sierra
Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 12:13 pm
 
Chrysler Cutlass??????


Richard wrote:
Quote:
We need to loby Bilstein to start selling their dampers for Chrysler
products, especially now that they are a "German" company also. Very
fustrating.

Koni makes both mono and dual tube shocks; I have had great results with
Bilstein's mono tube shocks - one rear set totally transformed a 1975
Chrysler Cutlass into a truly decent handling vehicle on real roads with
bumps and all.

Richard.


 
Richard
Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 2:09 pm
 
"High Sierra" <Please.reply.to.NG.only@isp.com> wrote in message
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Quote:
Chrysler Cutlass??????

Make that: Olds (GM) Cutlass. First US car to sport as original equipment in

the euro edition with a flag logo on the side: Radials combined with rear
and front sway bars, stalk dimmer switch, true bucket seats (from a German
Opel I believe). It jumped all over the road taking turns on a broken road
surface because the mass of the rear suspension and stiff springs were not
adequately dampened. The Bilsteins were like magic.

Too bad the radials were Firestone 500's.

Richard.
 
HLS
Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:38 am
 
"Richard" <rfeirste@nycap.rr.com> wrote in message
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Quote:
We need to loby Bilstein to start selling their dampers for Chrysler
products, especially now that they are a "German" company also. Very
fustrating.

As I mentioned, I bought a set of four Bilsteins for my Dodge van, so
apparently they do sell to some Chrysler applications. By the way, I paid
$65 a piece for them. And, it was money well spent.
 
Alex Rodriguez
Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:09 pm
 
In article <DL_Td.30360$vK5.5549@twister.nyroc.rr.com>, rfeirste@nycap.rr.com
says...
Quote:


We need to loby Bilstein to start selling their dampers for Chrysler
products, especially now that they are a "German" company also. Very
fustrating.

Koni makes both mono and dual tube shocks; I have had great results with
Bilstein's mono tube shocks - one rear set totally transformed a 1975
Chrysler Cutlass into a truly decent handling vehicle on real roads with
bumps and all.

It must have been a miraculous transformation to change an oldsmobile cutlass
into a Chrysler product.
---------
Alex
 
Steve
Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:09 pm
 
Paul wrote:

Quote:
Mark T. wrote:

I have an "84 Chysler New Yorker and I would like to know what brand of
shocks and struts on the market is considered the best as far as quality?
--
Thanks in advance.


Don't get Monroe.
My latest experience with Monroe Sensatrac:
Fronts, right out of the box:
One was leaking, one would not extend.
Rears, right out of the box:
One was leaking, one may have been ok.
I took them back and got Gabriels. I've always have had good luck with Gabs.
As another poster suggested: Koni's are good.


I've never had a problem with Monroe OR with Gabriel. Gabriel (as of the
last time I bought shocks) has a better selection of shocks for vintage
cars than Monroe, who have collapsed their lineup significantly. KYB is
also excellent with good support for vintage cars, but pricier
(generally worth it, though).
 
 
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