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1988 GT Dampers (Shock Absorbers) by Kern
Started on: 09-29-2023 05:10 PM
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Do any forum members have experience with replacement dampers for a 1988 GT - brands, control, ride quality, life, etc. The car I just bought has about 55K on the chassis and feels a little floaty as compared to some of my other cars.
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The original factory shocks/struts only dampened the rebound. Anything current will be an improvement if that's what your '88 is still riding on.

 
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I used Monroe Sensa-Trac shocks and struts in my lowered and stiffened (cut springs) '84 for daily driving and autocross for four years. Love the way that car feels.

I now daily drive and autocross an '88 Formula. When I first got the car a year ago, I put new Monroe Sensa-Trac shocks and struts in it with the stock springs. Car felt okay, but I didn't like the soft stock springs. A friend gave me a set of four '88 lowering springs along with near new KYB shocks and struts. Since I now had shocks and struts made by both companies in my hands (literally), I compared them. I wanted to use the stiffest ones, the ones with the most resistance to both compression and rebound. You might be surprised at what I found.

The KYB shocks were stiffer than the Monroe Sensa-Trac shocks. No surprise there.

However... the Monroe Sensa-Trac struts were stiffer than the KYB struts.

So I now have KYB shocks on the front of the Formula, and Monroe Sensa-Trac struts on the back.


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Originally posted by Kern:

Do any forum members have experience with replacement dampers for a 1988 GT - brands, control, ride quality, life, etc. The car I just bought has about 55K on the chassis and feels a little floaty as compared to some of my other cars.



The best ride (in my opinion) is one where the shocks are progressive... but generally soft under normal driving, but the springs are stiff. This is a bit more of your Porsche / German style of road feel. That's what I typically do when I have to replace shocks and springs.

In my 87 Fiero, I went with WS6-rated springs (which you can order from a NAPA catalog at the store), and then went with softer Monroe shocks.

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Originally posted by Patrick:
I now have KYB shocks on the front of the Formula, and Monroe Sensa-Trac struts on the back.


Ditto: I have KYB GR-2 Shocks on the front of my '88 GT, and Monroe Sensa-Trac Struts on the back too........

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Originally posted by Vintage-Nut:

Ditto: I have KYB GR-2 Shocks on the front of my '88 GT, and Monroe Sensa-Trac Struts on the back too...


Great minds think alike.

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