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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendations for Shock Absorbers

In another post, I have determined that the strut towers (where the shock absorbers bolt to on the top end) are in need of replacement. I have had the car in my possession for just over 7 years.

I am looking for recommendations on replacing the shock absorbers. I don't do a ton of spirited driving although, as you can tell from the profile, I live in Florida. Driving on the highway at times could be considered 'spirited'

I'm trying to determine if the Bilstein street vs sport are worth the $$$.

I'm just looking to switch out this part right now, along with the tower braces to fix the loud pop/bang. I don't know if the spring coils were ever upgraded and I don't know if that will matter between the two styles of shocks.

Anyways, originally I was going to go with KYB's and was told on this forum that they're **** and too harsh. Looking for real world recommendations for me so I can finish this chapter on the stang and get it running again.

Can you all please help?

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post #2 of 53 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 09:05 PM
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I don't think you can go wrong with either the street or sport versions of the bilsteins. I changed all my shocks to the street valved version and I'm very pleased with them. They improved the ride of my car several times over versus the gabriel red Ryder's that were on there.

That said, I know several members here use the sport valved version and are just as pleased with theirs as I am with mine.


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My preference is Bilstein Sport for street duty. A fiend of mine has Koniís on a Ď66. It also rides and handles nicely.

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I've used Koni's on the last two builds, they're wonderful and will continue to use them on future cars. While I have no personal experience with the Bilsteins, I've heard nothing but great things about them.

You're right about the KYB's, they're absolute trash and valved incorrectly for mustangs.

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You get what you pay for. Shocks like Koni or Bilstein are going to transform the car. My suspension is all Street or Track tubular with rod ends. One thing I never saw coming was the effect a free moving joint over a joint that binds and resists movement and it's effect on ride quality, spring and shock rate. In a knee jerk I blurted out Sport when I ordered my shocks from SoT. I have no regrets. However like I said free moving joints over binding joints effect things. I think in your case with rubber bushings and intended use you'll be very happy with the Street version. The Sports are firm mostly when you're pushing the car. Otherwise they're unobtrusive. Normal driving just slightly firmer but not harsh.

Better shocks have the ability to have better manners and smoother riding in normal driving and tighten up when driving harder
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post #8 of 53 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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So,

If I were to sum up what everyone is saying, the Koni's and Bilsteins are well worth the extra $$$.

As far as street vs sport, it sounds like (regarding the Bilsteins) one can't really go wrong. If you truly will not push your car and only treat it as a show/crusier, then save the $20-30 and go with "Streets" ....

Otherwise, put the extra money in for those rare times that you may want to drive spirited but it won't diminish the ride quality (aka Sports).

Is that about right?


If that is the case, does anyone have a good dealer for Bilsteins or Koni's ?

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Speaking of the Bilsteins, any recommended vendors here? I'm tired of my KYBs after 15 years.

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I wouldn't hesitate to buy bilsteins from either opentracker or SorT. Both are great vendors with excellent reputations and customer service. As far as street vs sport, I honestly don't know what the difference is between the two. I know that I have perhaps done a bit more "spirited" driving than I've intended to and the street valved bilsteins haven't failed to meet my expectations. I'm not really sure what more I'd see from the sport valved versions but I'm curious to know as well.
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I'm looking to replace my rear shocks as well and have considered bilstein and konis. I have decided to go with the viking dual adjustables through opentracker. They are a bit more money, but i like to have the adjustability option.
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Ditto on Bilstein - just put them on my 65 about 5 months ago - world of difference. Are you a member of the Mustang Club of Tampa? Good club we have a FB page and meet at Bill currie Ford.
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John at ORP or Shaun at SorT.

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I ran a set of the KYB GR2's for a couple seasons and if you have a Sunday cruiser / ice cream on Friday night car these are more than adequate.

I put on a set of the Bilstein Sports earlier this year because my use of the car changed, it was no longer a go to a car show and ice cream car, I decided to put a T5 in it and DRIVE it more. I did some of the Hot Rod Power Tour and have put about 1000 miles on the car since the T5 / Shocks and it did improve the ride no doubt. Is it life changing? Nope.

I went with Sports and was hesitant because I didn't want a harsh ride but they really ride nice.

I have an almost new set of the KYB's sitting in a box in my garage, PM me and I'll make you a great deal.
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QA1 single adjustable. A little more $ but to me was worth it.


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