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#2445753 - 02/03/18 03:15 PM what type of rear shocks u running on e body
bugsydog Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
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Loc: las vegas, nevada
HI,
I have a 71 cuda in need of rear shocks. I was wondering what you guys are running.

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#2445758 - 02/03/18 03:22 PM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: bugsydog]
71birdJ68 Offline
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How much money do you want to spend, cause you are going to get recommendations anywhere from $50 to $300 dollars a each.

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#2445765 - 02/03/18 03:29 PM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: 71birdJ68]
bugsydog Offline
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about $100 each

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#2445835 - 02/03/18 05:19 PM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: bugsydog]
AARCONV Offline


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I'm running the old mopar 50-50 drag shocks on my 70 convertible, has a smooth ride....not even sure if they make them anymore...
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#2445859 - 02/03/18 05:57 PM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: bugsydog]
71birdJ68 Offline
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Ok, then Koni is good brand. They make a classic shock for our cars that are adjustable, for around a $100 each

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#2445933 - 02/03/18 08:18 PM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: bugsydog]
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I like Monroematic Plus shocks. Cheap and similar to OE police. Not a band-aid for weak/worn suspension or a racing shock though. I had KYBs and the car rode like a dump truck. Way too stiff.
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#2445957 - 02/03/18 09:11 PM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: bugsydog]
GoodysGotaCuda Offline
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I need something smoother as well. I have summit drag shocks with 3 settings and all of them seem to want to chatter my teeth out. S/S springs may not be helping.
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#2446033 - 02/03/18 11:41 PM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: GoodysGotaCuda]
bugsydog Offline
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I appreciate the info


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#2446046 - 02/04/18 12:14 AM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: bugsydog]
bugsydog Offline
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do the shocks come with all attachments, plug and play?

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#2446158 - 02/04/18 09:50 AM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: bugsydog]
moparx Offline
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nothing to include, really. unless you don't have anything now, you reuse the lower nut[s] and washer[s], as this is a rubber bushing with no insert that slides on the spring plate, and the upper bushing has a steel insert for the 1/2" through bolt[s] that attaches the upper shock to the crossmember [which you also reuse]. those items are repopped, i believe, so if you need [or want] to replace them, they will be an extra expense. i can't think of any rear shocks sold that include the hardware, unlike front shocks.
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#2446220 - 02/04/18 11:33 AM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: GoodysGotaCuda]
jbc426 Offline
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SS springs are rated for specific weight race cars. For a compliant ride on a street strip car, go with a SS spring rated at about 500 lbs lighter than your car.

I use a pair of 3200 lbs passenger side springs on both my 3700lbs A-Body and E-Body and the ride, handling and launch is the best I've found in decades of trying different set-ups. I also lubricate all suspension and shock mounts with synthetic disc brake grease, as it dramatically decreases sticktion and increases ride compliance without damaging rubber, polyurethane or plastic.

Billstein and Koni shocks are good choices. Expensive double adjustable shocks are hit and miss, as the range of adjustability can include the settings that will work for your car or miss them. Its not easy to adjust shocks properly in the first place.
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#2446391 - 02/04/18 03:33 PM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: bugsydog]
1970A66 Offline
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Check out Firm Feel, they sell a good Bilstein shock in your price range.
Got 4 of them on my Challenger. I'm happy with them.

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#2446493 - 02/04/18 05:57 PM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: bugsydog]
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Bilstein from Firm Feel should be a bolt on. The Koni shocks are excellent, but they do not bolt on. You'll spend a bunch of time and money getting Koni shocks to fit your car. I had to build my own shock plates before I could use Koni shocks on my B-body. Most people aren't set up to build their own shock plates.


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#2446513 - 02/04/18 06:34 PM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: AndyF]
DAYCLONA Offline
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Originally Posted By AndyF
Bilstein from Firm Feel should be a bolt on. The Koni shocks are excellent, but they do not bolt on. You'll spend a bunch of time and money getting Koni shocks to fit your car. I had to build my own shock plates before I could use Koni shocks on my B-body. Most people aren't set up to build their own shock plates.




AndyF is your Koni B body reference to early B bodies?, as I run Konis on my 70 Charger, and they were a bolt on no mods needed, front and rear

Mike

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#2446541 - 02/04/18 07:19 PM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: bugsydog]
AndyF Offline
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I just ordered the Koni shocks from Summit that are listed for a B body car. 82-1255. Problem is they have a 5/8 lower eye so they will not fit on a typical Mopar shock plate. You have to buy new plates with smaller studs or cut off the existing studs and turn them down on a lathe.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/kon-821255/

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#2446544 - 02/04/18 07:34 PM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: bugsydog]
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I have tried a few brands of lower priced units, Monroe, KYB and the other escapes me, the basic Monroes ride the best. KyB white ones were very harsh, I think GR1 was number. We put the GR2 silver ones on for a customer, much better ride. I'd like to try Koni adjustable ones next. Been cruising this thing since 1982, used up a few parts...

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#2446799 - 02/05/18 10:09 AM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: AndyF]
moparx Offline
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Originally Posted By AndyF
I just ordered the Koni shocks from Summit that are listed for a B body car. 82-1255. Problem is they have a 5/8 lower eye so they will not fit on a typical Mopar shock plate. You have to buy new plates with smaller studs or cut off the existing studs and turn them down on a lathe.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/kon-821255/


on the shelf [somewhere biggrin] , i have a pair of studs that came from the "help" section at the parts store. they are 5/8 through the shock plate, and 5/8 for the shock itself. with those, a guy only has to cut off the original stud, grind flush, and drill a 5/8 hole in the shock plate. i don't know the brand, part#, or who made them. got them with a bunch of other "stuff".
beer

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#2446848 - 02/05/18 11:18 AM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: moparx]
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Loc: Las Vegas, NV
I have adjustable Fox shocks from Hotchkis on all 4 corners of my Cuda. They bolt in out of the box, but are somewhat above budget.

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#2446861 - 02/05/18 11:46 AM Re: what type of rear shocks u running on e body [Re: bugsydog]
BigBlockMopar Offline
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I upgraded rear shocks on my Dart from Monroe Sensatrac's, to Bilstein Classic to adjustable QA1 shocks.
Every step was an improvement with better control as a result, but the step from Monroe to Bilstein was most noticable.
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