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lowering springs and monroe sensatrac? by Phil86SE
Started on: 01-23-2004 01:01 AM
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Last post by: Blacktree on 02-22-2004 06:58 PM
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Report this Post01-23-2004 01:01 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Phil86SEClick Here to Email Phil86SESend a Private Message to Phil86SEDirect Link to This Post
I was just wondering if i could run 1.5 lowering springs and monroe sensatrac struts/shocks?

if so, let me know!
if not, they will not be bought!

thanks eh

-Phil

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Report this Post01-23-2004 01:09 AM Click Here to See the Profile for smokinjoefissionClick Here to visit smokinjoefission's HomePageClick Here to Email smokinjoefissionSend a Private Message to smokinjoefissionDirect Link to This Post
That's exactly the setup I have on my 86 SE, but I don't think the monroe struts come in sensatrac for Fieros (at least they didn't when I bought them last year).

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Report this Post01-23-2004 07:22 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Jake_DragonSend a Private Message to Jake_DragonDirect Link to This Post
My fronts are cut and my backs are coil overs. Lowered about an 1 7/8
I am running Sensatrac bought them at AutoZone.
They have been on the car for about a year without a problem.
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Report this Post01-23-2004 11:58 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Stinkin_V8Send a Private Message to Stinkin_V8Direct Link to This Post
Just chiming in - I put Sensi-Trac struts in my Fiero this fall. Got 'em at Parts Source. Just in case anyone thought they was a"not-available-in-Canada" thing..
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Report this Post01-23-2004 03:19 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Phil86SEClick Here to Email Phil86SESend a Private Message to Phil86SEDirect Link to This Post
thanks everyone for the info and the quick replies!

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Report this Post01-23-2004 03:37 PM Click Here to See the Profile for the_ribSend a Private Message to the_ribDirect Link to This Post
For the guys that have them on thier Fieros, how much improvement in handling was there? I've kinda thought about doing that too.
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Originally posted by the_rib:

For the guys that have them on thier Fieros, how much improvement in handling was there? I've kinda thought about doing that too.


It's an unbelievable world of difference. I've always thought that the Fiero sat a bit too high in stock form and would benefit from a 1.5" - 2" drop. I put on a set of 7 x 17 rims and tires and was blown away by the handling. I haven't gone up against anything that could outperform it on the twisties, other than $100,000+ Porsches etc (now outpowering the Fiero, that's another story ... )

I'm sure the competition of a lowered Fiero vs a Corvette contributed to the Fiero's demise.

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Report this Post02-22-2004 06:38 PM Click Here to See the Profile for USFieroSend a Private Message to USFieroDirect Link to This Post
I know why you ask. The Sens-a-tracs are designed for comfort through a certian range and performance when compressed beyond that. I have Sens-a-tracs all around on my lowered Fiero and suspect that the shocks are closer to their performance range than their comfort range. Nothing for me to compare it to.

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Report this Post02-22-2004 06:58 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeDirect Link to This Post
I had a set of Monroe SensaTracks on my '86 coupe. The suspension was mostly stock, other than the aftermarket rear sway bar and urethane endlink/pillowblock bushings. The ride, as mentioned above, was comfortable on smooth roads, but tightened up during hard maneuvers. The shocks/struts were great for 3-4 years, until they started to soften up too much for my tastes.

With stiffer springs, the softening-up of the shocks/struts may be more noticeable, as the stiffer springs will make the car more "bouncy" as the shocks/struts soften over time. Personally, I'd buy firmer shock/struts (KYB?) to match the stiffer springs. Or you could just buy a new set of SensaTracks every 3-4 years.

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