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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 11:57 am 
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My 97 SSE with 125Km has the FE2 option. The compressor will come on usually once each trip. I notice more compressor cycles when the temps drop, so the strut seals are probably getting brittle and are slowly leaking. The car is sagging in the rear slightly and the exhaust tips have torn off when going up driveways, so the tail is dragging. I suppose the bladders leak over time, but I don't want to bother replacing any of the load leveling gear.

Does anyone make a "lifted" rear strut or a heavy load strut with a coil? I guess a very stiff strut would keep the tail up. The air to coil conversions are too complicated and expensive. Any suggestions?


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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 12:52 pm 
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The cheapest/easiet route is usually to get new air struts.

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 1:48 pm 
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Thanks. That makes sense. Anyone suggest the stiffest brand of air strut replacement.


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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 2:21 pm 
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Sounds like the best solution. Can anyone recommend the stiffest air strut our there?


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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 2:43 pm 
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I'd recommend Monroe Reflex if they still made them. But they don't. Word is that KYB is the next stiffer option. I have gone from Reflex front struts to KYB and they are pretty similar, maybe a little softer.

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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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