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Best upgrade I've done (Shocks)
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I replaced my Shocks this weekend, after my last thread about the shocks "Shocks??" I ended up going with the KYB Gas-A-Just, the higher end shocks were out of my $pending range.
I got the shocks from Rockauto.com $136 for all 4, and I found a 5% discount code that covered the $8 shipping.
KYB Part # KG5517 for the rear
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KYB Part # KG4504 for the front
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They made the car handle much much better then the oil filled Gabriel shocks, you can feel improved ride quality, it feels like driving a modern car.

here is a link for all of the Shocks Rockauto has for our cars.
Rockauto shocks 71-73 Mustangs

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Good to know thanks

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The next upgrade should be a bigger front sway bar. At least a 1". I have a 1 1/8" front sway bar in my car and thought it was the best upgrade bang-for-the-buck handling mod by far.

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imusa76;194532 Wrote:I replaced my Shocks this weekend, after my last thread about the shocks "Shocks??" I ended up going with the KYB Gas-A-Just, the higher end shocks were out of my $pending range.
I got the shocks from Rockauto.com $136 for all 4, and I found a 5% discount code that covered the $8 shipping.
KYB Part # KG5517 for the rear
KYB Part # KG4504 for the front
They made the car handle much much better then the oil filled Gabriel shocks, you can feel improved ride quality, it feels like driving a modern car.

here is a link for all of the Shocks Rockauto has for our cars.
Rockauto shocks 71-73 Mustangs
I am in the last stages of a front suspension and steering rebuild. All I have left is the rag joint and the pitman arm, both on order.
My question is, how hard were your front shocks to install?
I had a '66 and they were no problem. This '72 fastback gave me brain damage getting them lined up correctly and tightened, especially the top where they go thru the shock tower. Just curious.....
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imusa76;194532 Wrote:I replaced my Shocks this weekend, after my last thread about the shocks "Shocks??" I ended up going with the KYB Gas-A-Just, the higher end shocks were out of my $pending range.
I got the shocks from Rockauto.com $136 for all 4, and I found a 5% discount code that covered the $8 shipping.
KYB Part # KG5517 for the rear
KYB Part # KG4504 for the front
They made the car handle much much better then the oil filled Gabriel shocks, you can feel improved ride quality, it feels like driving a modern car.

here is a link for all of the Shocks Rockauto has for our cars.
Rockauto shocks 71-73 Mustangs

I just bought the Monroe shocks for mine. www.monroe.com The Shoctober special has a buy 3 get one free promotion right now.
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Danno;195028 Wrote:I am in the last stages of a front suspension and steering rebuild. All I have left is the rag joint and the pitman arm, both on order.
My question is, how hard were your front shocks to install?
I had a '66 and they were no problem. This '72 fastback gave me brain damage getting them lined up correctly and tightened, especially the top where they go thru the shock tower. Just curious.....


not very hard at all, I removed the tire for easy access, it took about 10-15 min per shock.

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imusa76;195068 Wrote:
Danno;195028 Wrote:I am in the last stages of a front suspension and steering rebuild. All I have left is the rag joint and the pitman arm, both on order.
My question is, how hard were your front shocks to install?
I had a '66 and they were no problem. This '72 fastback gave me brain damage getting them lined up correctly and tightened, especially the top where they go thru the shock tower. Just curious.....


not very hard at all, I removed the tire for easy access, it took about 10-15 min per shock.
I was working with new springs and new tight spring perches. Hopefully it will all be ok when I put the tires on and put the car on the ground and get some weight on the suspension.
On mine,(car in the air supported by jackstands on the frame rails) if I attached the shocks to the spring perch, the top had to be forced inboard to align with the shock tower. Someone told me this was normal.......I was just wondering what problems you ran into. I had to put a floor jack under the lower arm or brake drum and jack it up a little to help with alignment and it was still a bitch
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I jacked up the car, then I put the floor jack on the lower control arm to compress the spring a bit.
I had no other issues.

now the back shocks I could not compress the shock to mount it, we had to use a floor jack to compress the shock to mount it.

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MeZapU;194818 Wrote:The next upgrade should be a bigger front sway bar. At least a 1". I have a 1 1/8" front sway bar in my car and thought it was the best upgrade bang-for-the-buck handling mod by far.

+1 I did the same. The 1 1/8" sway bar is night and day better. Now I think I need to start thinking about shocks!
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I took mine for a ride and I think I need new shocks as well as springs. The last time I replaced the springs was about 25 years ago.

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