Shock Absorbers

Discussion in 'suspension & brake,& aerodynamics' started by swiftpacer88, Nov 24, 2017.

  1. swiftpacer88

    swiftpacer88 New Member

    Hi guys! I am planning to replace the factory shock absorbers on my 2008 Ford Mustang. I have heard good things about Bilstein Shocks. My question is what specific series among their Street Rod and Muscle Car shock absorbers would fit my GT? I am planning to order one online and have it installed on a local car shop.
     
  2. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    Last edited: Nov 24, 2017
  3. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    https:/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfFnc5H0Qrc/www.dpciwholesale.com/single-action-strut-spring-compressor.html
    yes youll need a basi manual strut spring tool but they are not overly expensive
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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Coil-S...ol-/201590947261?_trksid=p2385738.m2548.l4275

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    yes theres no doubt the better quality tools are faster and easier to use , but the cost , may be prohibitive if you don,t use one frequently
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    keep in mind some U-RENT-IT type tool rental shops rent those MANUAL SCREW STYLE OR HYDRAULIC auto shock spring compressor's rather seasonably







    https://www.ebay.com/i/262327458300?chn=ps&dispctrl=1
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2017
  4. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member

    If given the choice I would go with an adjustable shock. It sure adds to the flexibility of the
    system, go from girl friend/mistress smooth, sporty street to race track performance with
    twist of a knob. Don't count out QA1 shock absorbers, I bought them for my streetrod.

    https://www.qa1.net/suspension/stre...t-systems/05-14-mustang-pro-coil-strut-system

    QA1 purchased Carrera Shocks in 2004, making QA1 the #1 manufacturer of performance racing shocks. In 2011, QA1 acquired Edelbrock’s suspension line and CAP Auto Products, further expanding its line of fabricated suspension components.

    Adjustable Bolt-In Performance
    QA1 understands that you need a strut that is designed specifically for your Mustang. With our double adjustable, single adjustable, drag “R” series and non-adjustable valving options, QA1 gives you the flexibility you want for any race or street situation. Each Mustang struts have a high performance DOM steel body.

    • Available in Independent Compression and Rebound Double Adjustable, Simultaneous Compression and Rebound Adjustable or Drag "R" Series Adjustable
    • Sold in Pairs - Includes (2) Struts, (2) Springs, (2) Coil-Over Kits and All Mounting Hardware
    • High Performance DOM Steel
    • Easy, Bolt-In Installation
    • Ride Height Adjustable
    • 100% Dyno Tested and Serialized
    • Serviceable and Rebuildable by QA1 Authorized Service Centers
    • Made in the USA
    • Used in Drag Racing, Street Performance, Autocross and Road Racing Applications
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    Last edited: Nov 25, 2017
  5. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

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    looking at that picture I have too assume that you hold the nuts with an open end wrench, or crows foot,wrench, as access looks to be miserable....
    and tighten them with a socket on the bolt heads from under-neath?
     
  6. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member

    Don't have any crows foot, but it doesn't take much to hold them with an open end wrench
    while tightening from under neither. Somethings are easier on a TBucket like the oil pan, but
    then again you have to pay the piper somewhere. :rolleyes:

    Let's don't get into working under the dash!!!
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2018
  7. swiftpacer88

    swiftpacer88 New Member

    Thanks for the feedback guys!
     
  8. swiftpacer88

    swiftpacer88 New Member

    All of you replies have been very educational. Happy New Year to all!
     
  9. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member

    Glad you found your way back to the forum for 2018!!!

    Have you decided what you are going to buy? Are you going to perform the work yourself,
    were here to help?
     
  10. Dayglo83

    Dayglo83 New Member

    I went ahead and got myself the Bilstein Shocks. Had it installed on a local car shop.
     
  11. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member

    So which series did you buy? How was the improvement, any better?
     
  12. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    yeah, theres a series of different part numbers, even in a single car model or brand,
    that could have been installed along with combos of springs and torsion bars,standard, coil spring assisted, and air shocks
    lots of clear pictures and part numbers would be great here!
    and in some cases traction bars, etc.
    in many applications so without specifics on the car and what other components were used , its difficult to discuss the potential let alone actual results
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2018

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