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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:26 am 
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Looking to replace all 4 corners. Have heard good things about KYB Excel-G shocks on other cars. I see they are now available for the
1997 Bonneville. These are pretty pricey $450.00 complete set. Are they worth the difference? I do like a performance ride. Anybody have opinions on this shock??

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2006 Malibu SS 3.9 60 degree V6, Variable Valve, Tap shift Trans, 100,000 miles Bone stock

SOLD - 1992 SSEI FWI PEM Catco Cat NGK TR55 180 stat Original owner 209,000 miles Original Engine and Trans - Still strong when she left


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I put a set on the front of my 92 when I thought a shimmy it had could be coming from the 80k mile old Monroe Reflex struts (stiffer than stock, not made anymore). I got a slight improvement in ride. They come with and without springs/mounts. I might suggest getting the bare struts and reusing your springs. My front end did go up a bit. I haven't put 500 miles on it since then in the last few years, so maybe it'll settle down, idk.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:40 pm 
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Thanks for reply. What about the mounting components, Should I replace them as well? Definately going with KYB excel-G fronts. What about the backs? I have ELC with a hole in baffle.

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1997 SSEI 3.8 L67 149,000 miles Moonroof, Polished Gen V w/L32 intake, SD Headers, MagnaFlow Cat 94109, Catco catback, Autolite 104s, 180 stat, Intense FWI, 1995 OEM trans cooler, Cleared corners. KYB Excel G struts and shocks.


2006 Malibu SS 3.9 60 degree V6, Variable Valve, Tap shift Trans, 100,000 miles Bone stock

SOLD - 1992 SSEI FWI PEM Catco Cat NGK TR55 180 stat Original owner 209,000 miles Original Engine and Trans - Still strong when she left


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:10 pm 
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Definately get mounts/bearings. If you get the sets with springs, they'll be all the parts you need. I don't recall who offers what for the rear.

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WHITE WHINE - IT'S INTOXICATING. 1992 SSE Supercharged 236.26 ci (.040 Over)
15.090 at 90.2 MPH on old engine w/ slipping trans & melted O2 sensor - Gen 3 M62 and matching TB, Gen 2 Pully, Zillamotorsports Ported LIM, YT 1.72 Roller Rockers, SII FPR & Injectors, Easy Performance Gen 3 Air/Fuel Calibrator, Hypertech Thermomaster chip w/ 160 Thermo, TransGo Shift Kit, Infinity/Pioneer Speakers and 10" Subs, 1300 watts, 140 amp Alternator, Ricepipe CAI w/ heatshield, Pilot Angel Eye Foglights, Clear Corners, '02 17" Chrome Bent 5's, Magnaflow F-Body Muffler and Hi-flo Cat, McCoy Motorsports Ceramic Coated Ported Exhaust Manifolds, Fan Override, PowerSlot Slotted Rotors.
2009 G8 GT - Sport Red Metallic, loaded, SOLO Axlebacks, Rotofab Intake, Tuned, autodim Trailblazer mirror, removed intake manifold cover, HSV GTS triple gauge pod, two tone red-hot shifter and HSV SuperSport steering wheel, GXP rear sway bar and diffuser


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:35 pm 
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I like the complete package deal (Strut/Spring) but are my OEM springs better/stiffer? I do not want the front end any higher than it is now. Is that the main reason to keep my old springs?

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1997 SSEI 3.8 L67 149,000 miles Moonroof, Polished Gen V w/L32 intake, SD Headers, MagnaFlow Cat 94109, Catco catback, Autolite 104s, 180 stat, Intense FWI, 1995 OEM trans cooler, Cleared corners. KYB Excel G struts and shocks.


2006 Malibu SS 3.9 60 degree V6, Variable Valve, Tap shift Trans, 100,000 miles Bone stock

SOLD - 1992 SSEI FWI PEM Catco Cat NGK TR55 180 stat Original owner 209,000 miles Original Engine and Trans - Still strong when she left


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 12:00 am 
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I have also heard that the OEM springs are better quality than the ones included on quick struts. I am old fashioned and disassemble the old strut and re-use. Careful use of the spring tool and a Hail Mary have kept me from getting a spring to the face yet. I put KYB struts and mounts in my 96 SSEi a year ago, I am very happy with the smooth ride, and better handling. I prefer these over the Monroes I used to buy.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:46 am 
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I have also heard that the OEM springs are better quality than the ones included on quick struts. I am old fashioned and disassemble the old strut and re-use. Careful use of the spring tool and a Hail Mary have kept me from getting a spring to the face yet. I put KYB struts and mounts in my 96 SSEi a year ago, I am very happy with the smooth ride, and better handling. I prefer these over the Monroes I used to buy.

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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 10:42 pm 
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I put these on my front - http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php ... 94&jsn=259
and Gabriel self leveling shocks on the rear in the last year. I really just bought the Gabriels because they were a manufacturers closeout and a good deal. I've never had a good experience with Monroe and unfortunately there's not many choices for '97 Bonnevilles. I'm pretty happy with the KYB ride but it's by no means a 'performance ride' like a European sports sedan. I guess the shock manufacturers model the shocks after the OEM specs and that's just what you get. But I would stay away from Monroe for sure.


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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 7:07 pm 
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Thanks for replies. Going to order the excel-G shocks. Has anyone added the rubber spring stiffeners, that go between the coils of the spring. I seem to remember an old thread but could find it. Any thought?

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2006 Malibu SS 3.9 60 degree V6, Variable Valve, Tap shift Trans, 100,000 miles Bone stock

SOLD - 1992 SSEI FWI PEM Catco Cat NGK TR55 180 stat Original owner 209,000 miles Original Engine and Trans - Still strong when she left


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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 7:45 pm 
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Ordered the rear shocks first and a new air line kit and top mount. we let you know how I like them.

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2006 Malibu SS 3.9 60 degree V6, Variable Valve, Tap shift Trans, 100,000 miles Bone stock

SOLD - 1992 SSEI FWI PEM Catco Cat NGK TR55 180 stat Original owner 209,000 miles Original Engine and Trans - Still strong when she left


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:04 pm 
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Hey, Finally got around to replacing front struts and Rear shocks. So far I love the KYB Excel-G's. Car handles much better, less under-steer. Back to a firm ride with less roll in corners. Still pretty new (500 miles) but I'm very pleased.

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2006 Malibu SS 3.9 60 degree V6, Variable Valve, Tap shift Trans, 100,000 miles Bone stock

SOLD - 1992 SSEI FWI PEM Catco Cat NGK TR55 180 stat Original owner 209,000 miles Original Engine and Trans - Still strong when she left


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