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Replacement Struts? 86 car by DKcustoms
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What is most appropriate replacement struts for the 84-87 cars?

I'm upgrading my springs up front and doing coilovers in the rear, so I might as well do the struts up front at the same time.
Keep in mind, the car will be driven fairly hard, I'd like to go to the track once in a while as well.


Additionally, where can I get new control arms, brackets, bolts?
I have poly bushings, but I'd hate to put them in these rusted things.



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Originally posted by DKcustoms:

What is most appropriate replacement struts for the 84-87 cars?

I'm upgrading my springs up front and doing coilovers in the rear, so I might as well do the struts up front at the same time.


Struts are in the back. Shocks are in the front. (Edited to add that I'm referring to Fieros. On front wheel drive vehicles it can be the other way around.)

Every couple of weeks, someone asks this same question. And then everyone else responds with the same thing about their choice of Koni or KYB or Monroe Sensa-Tracs etc.

It boils down to mostly how much money you wish to spend.

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Originally posted by Patrick:

Struts are in the back. Shocks are in the front.

Every couple of weeks, someone asks this same question. And then everyone else responds with the same thing about their choice of Koni or KYB or Monroe Sensa-Tracs etc.

It boils down to mostly how much money you wish to spend.


Thanks for clearing that up, we use "shocks" more for trucks and offroad toys unofficially in conversation I guess.

But is there a specific model or anything I should purchase or am I purchasing based on length/compression and weight?

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Originally posted by DKcustoms:

But is there a specific model or anything I should purchase or am I purchasing based on length/compression and weight?


I don't know how many choices you think might be available, but basically each manufacturer will have one model of shock and strut for a Fiero. (The '88 uses a different shock than '84-'87.)
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Report this Post09-10-2014 11:40 PM Click Here to See the Profile for KitskaboodleClick Here to Email KitskaboodleSend a Private Message to KitskaboodleEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Well , I can tell you what I don't recommend and that is KYB. I have had them on many cars and have found that they tend to get weak in short order. (within 8-10K miles)
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Report this Post09-11-2014 12:07 AM Click Here to See the Profile for zzzhuhSend a Private Message to zzzhuhEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
If your going to be driving them hard, Koni's really are the best. Haven't heard anything bad about them, and they cost about the same as KYB's.

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Report this Post09-11-2014 03:32 AM Click Here to See the Profile for thesameguyClick Here to Email thesameguySend a Private Message to thesameguyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Konis, for real. Might give a shout to Redshift Motorsports - usually cheaper than TireRack by quite a bit.
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I like Monroe... FWIW.
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Report this Post09-12-2014 08:02 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Dennis LaGruaClick Here to Email Dennis LaGruaSend a Private Message to Dennis LaGruaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Check out Monroe and Gabriel brands for a stock OEM ride and KYB if you want to firm up the ride and improve handling a bit.. As for the Konis, great reputation, but I have never used them and don't have any feedback on the brand. .

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Originally posted by zzzhuh:

If your going to be driving them hard, Koni's really are the best. Haven't heard anything bad about them, and they cost about the same as KYB's.



In my experience, the Koni replacements are SUBSTANTIALLY more money than KYB.
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