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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-21-2002, 09:52 PM
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I know that the Bilsteins are great, have them on my Vette, but I have always liked the ride of my Impala with the stock deCarbons.

So, what is the nearest "near stock-like" stock out there?
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-21-2002, 09:56 PM
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I meant, "near stock-like" SHOCK
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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-22-2002, 12:06 AM
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I would go for something like the "floaty" Bilsteins (1516/1517) or maybe a Monroe Sensatrac.

You'll give up some handling compared to what is possible, but ride will be smoother [img]smile.gif[/img]
 
post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-22-2002, 12:37 AM
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I've gone from the DeCarbons to the "soft" Bilsteins. They're not really much softer than the DeCarbons IMO and they do add control on the local roads. Maybe in areas of the country where there is really no Winter stiff springs and shocks work well but where I am the roads are rough and the stock suspension is too stiff to keep the tires on the ground. No Botts Dots here, the snowplows would shave them off. I'm doing heads, cam, control arms, headers, and sway bars this Spring and when I get that sorted out I'm going to look into dual or progressive rate springs for our cars. I'm thinking an inch or inch and a half travel at the Caprice rate and the rest at the SS rate. This is obviously for local conditions because it's disheartening to see a little GEO blast past me on a washboard dirt road.
post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-24-2002, 06:48 AM
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Shocks ? Koni makes shocks for the Impala SS. The yellow fully adjustable ones. I've had them on 2 cars and now 2 trucks and I sware they turn every car or truck I put them on like a slot car. Of coarse I've always had them adjusted to the firmest setting. They also make a red shack that is not adjustable. The fully adjustable shocks are right at $91.00! LOL
post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-24-2002, 11:06 AM
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The Konis for $91 each are the red "single adjustables". And to adjust them, you have to remove them from the car.

How do I know? I have them

Even on the softest setting, they will probably be too firm for what DMark is looking for here.

I am not sure if any double adjustables (yellow Konis) are available for our cars or not. And even if they are, be prepared to pay about $400-500....PER SHOCK!
post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-25-2002, 11:37 PM
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Thanks everybody for the suggestions. I'll most likely go with something on the soft side since the Impala has been my longhaul interstate car for the past 7 years.
post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-26-2002, 11:31 AM
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Edelbrock IAS. I have them on both of my cars and have had good luck w/them. Others have not but mostly because of lowered vehicles. I think Edelbrock has gotten that sorted out though. Just another option.
post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-26-2002, 12:10 PM
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I have the KYBs on my Caprice. They have a set for the Caprice and a set for the TAXI CAB (probably stiffer) and they only cost 109 bucks for all four. I have been pleased with mine, but I have also added the body bushings.
post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-26-2002, 02:25 PM
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Couple notes :

1. I have yet to meet anyone who ran the IAS shocks for a length of time that DIDN'T have at least 1 of them leak! There seems to be a quality control issue there that Edelbrock hasn't fixed yet. And this includes some stock height vehicles as well : the "lowered vehicle" excuse from Edelbrock was what you call Bovine Scatatology (aka BS) [img]smile.gif[/img]. Some folks have had great luck getting Edelbrock to fix it (replace under warranty), others have not.

If you're interested in that "type" of shock, I'd look into the Monroe Sensatracs or GT Shocks. Their track record with respect to leaks is better.

2. The KYBs work great.....for a little while. Issue is that you'll be lucky to see 20K miles out of them. If you don't mind swapping shocks that often (and essentially doing your shocks on the "payment plan" every couple of years), then the KYBs are definitely attractively priced [img]smile.gif[/img].
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