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06/19/17 at 10:49:25
 
Getting ready to have my A12 rolling again! I would like to get your opinion on which front and rear shocks to use. I searched through the forums and could not find any threads on shocks.
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Re: Shock absorbers
Reply #1 - 06/19/17 at 18:57:06
 
Get a set of KYB and paint them black.. That's my 2 cents..
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Reply #2 - 06/19/17 at 19:43:05
 
I agree with KYB's (painted black).  I use them all my cars and I like them.  I would advise against Monroe.  Not a good shock absorber.
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Reply #3 - 06/20/17 at 20:26:42
 
I'm looking more for a shock that looks like the original than I am looking for a performance shock.
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Reply #4 - 06/21/17 at 08:30:39
 
Wasn't Monroe the orginal supplier? I put them on the Daytona in the late '80's and never any problems. Are the new Monroes made in China like everything else and that's why "not good" ?  Roll Eyes $75-80 for a new set of MonroeMatics for '69 Mopar on Ebay.
Seems like painting stock looking KYB's would be the way to go what with they're active presence in racing the quality would be there and they'd probably be better than OEM performance wise...what do the shocks on the 5600 mile "butter bee" look like? Supplier markings?  undecided
Otherwise, you might have to hit the swaps and look for NOS US made Heavy Duty shocks that "look" right, but I'd be concerned about the integrity of the old seals, they're out there though-just look 'em over good!  
A few years back I scored a pair of NOS fronts for my '50 Chevy Pickup the price was a whopping $4 each! Smiley
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Reply #5 - 06/21/17 at 09:21:52
 
About 3 years ago, I put 4 brand new Monroe gas-matics on one of my cars.  I couldn't understand why the car seemed so bouncy over some medium sized humps in the road.  After six months I pulled all 4 Monroes out.  With minimal strength I was able collapse all 4 shocks.  In the garbage they went.  Ordered 4 KYB's, painted them black and put them in.  The car rides the way it's supposed to now.
 
Maybe I got a bad batch of shocks but that was enough for me to never look at the Monroe name again.    
 
As for NOS shocks, that might be a little risky to put them into operation.  But if a concourse restoration is what someone is doing, then NOS is the way to go.  YearOne sells repros for $50 each.  
 
For a driver?  KYB painted black.
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Reply #6 - 06/21/17 at 10:00:13
 
Doing a little research here out of curiousity... KYB is a Japanese based company that manufactures in various countries including the US.  Roll Eyes Monroes parent company is Tenneco and likewise manufactures in several different countries!
I wonder if the trouble with newer Monroe "gas charged" shocks is using them on a suspension designed for fluid valved shocks? undecided...heard of the gas seals in shocks blowing out and losing the gas charge on older cars.  
I've always ran fluid shocks & polyglas tires on the older cars.(gotta have the "back in the day" feel!)
Maybe others here can weigh in that have experience with this?
 
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Reply #7 - 06/21/17 at 10:03:45
 
The Monroe Gas-Matic shocks are the closest that will you find to the factory original appearance.  They retain the "tulip" shape of the upper casing which was the most tell-tale sign of the original production line pieces.  Simply scuff the blue paint, wipe down and spray with a semi flat black paint if your looking for the OEM look.  These shocks retail around $24 at most of the automotive retail stores.  
I am sure that the KYB shocks would be an improvement in the damping that the factory shocks offered.  Pretty much like comparing radials vs the bias belted tires.  Just depends on the end product that your searching for.
As for as NOS factory correct shocks with the correct part numbers, get ready to spend some big money.  Factory correct date coded and part numbered pieces will bring $300 per shock even if you can find them.  You can find later year model "Oil Flow" Chrysler shocks for about a third of the cost.  Appearance will be correct, but just not the numbers.  The correct dated pieces have mostly all been snagged up.
I was speaking to a customer last week who does high end restorations mostly on Shelbys and Boss 9 Mustangs and he told me that there are guys out there who are renting out there date coded shocks and such to the owners of these cars so that they can be judged to achieve their "Pony" status or Gold equivalent   That just blew my mind.
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Reply #8 - 06/21/17 at 10:12:06
 
"Renting" date coded parts for a show?  Shocked Time to start wrapping my head in duct tape so it doesn't explode! Grin
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Reply #9 - 06/21/17 at 10:38:38
 
Thanks for the info on the Monroes. KYBs might be a better riding shock but this car won't be driven all that much.
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Reply #10 - 06/21/17 at 16:05:41
 
Yes, KYB is a Japanese made product.  In fact, mine actually have "made in Japan" stamped at the very bottom of the shock.  I'm sure the car show judges will NOT want to see that.   Tongue
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Reply #11 - 06/21/17 at 18:35:37
 
I would go with Bilsteins. They are black and have a nice ride. I had KYBs and hated them.
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