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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:45 pm 
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so I had my car on the lift the other day and noticed the passenger side shock is leaking oil out of it and needs replaced. I know they are air shocks and my compressor is in good working order. below are the options I am finding. I am pretty sure #2 is the factory replacement for them and I am fine with ordering those, but is there any improvement to be had by a different brand (not interested in switching to non-air ride shocks.)

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:55 pm 
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I have used the Monroe MA822 on my Bonnevilles.
Them seem to work fine and the fittings from the air lines match up.
Just make sure the shock mounts are also good.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:46 am 
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I put Monroes on my 2003 and had a clunk at full extension from one of them. Wasn't damped for the full stroke. I swapped them out for KYBs. Been happy with them. There is a shock thread on 2000+ shocks somewhere, lots of opinions in that one.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:03 am 
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Possible that the shock was defective.(wouldn't be the first time that new parts are bad)
I have used the Monroe's on 5 different Bonnevilles and have had no problems.
KYB is a good brand but again I have had no problems with the Monroe's.
The weird thing is that the shock mounts are almost more expensive then the shocks.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:47 am 
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dougtoth wrote:
Possible that the shock was defective.(wouldn't be the first time that new parts are bad)
I have used the Monroe's on 5 different Bonnevilles and have had no problems.
KYB is a good brand but again I have had no problems with the Monroe's.
The weird thing is that the shock mounts are almost more expensive then the shocks.


Yes, the shock was defective. But by the time it manifested itself it was too late to do anything about it. The only time it was noticeable was in a hard right turn that would pull the RR shock to it's limit quickly (like when I'm trying to beat that other dude into the Lowe's parking lot). Any other time it was fine. I wanted to try the KYB so I replaced the rears with those. I think the quality is a little better, but that is just a perception as all shocks probably come out of the same child labor camp in China.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:03 am 
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After going through various air shocks over the years, Monroes, KYBs, ACdelcos and Gabriels, they all seemed to stop working and sealing properly after a while.

Finally at 185k miles I switched over to spring loaded Monroe non-air ride in the rear and never looked back. Ride is identical.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:22 pm 
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Thank's Y'all, I was a fan of the ride with KYB's all the way around on my last vehicle...think I may go that route on this one as well.

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Custom PCM w/Perf Shift,
SLP Ceramic Coated Headers,
Thrasher Cold Air Intake,
GXP Tails, Interior Door handles, Trim pieces etc.
40th Aniv Grand Prix GTP Wheels (Very Shiny & Very Annoying :pukeleft: )


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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 1:02 am 
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Well I went with:
KYB SR1002 Shocks
Moog K5341 Shock mounts
Moog 80659 springs.
Energy Suspension 9.5124R 20MM SWAY BAR BUSHING SET -- ***DOES NOT FIT/DO NOT ORDER***
Energy Suspension 9.8120R END LINK SET

All the parts finally came in...will be doing the upgrades tomorrow if all goes well.

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3.8L V6 SC, 180*T (Drilled),
Custom PCM w/Perf Shift,
SLP Ceramic Coated Headers,
Thrasher Cold Air Intake,
GXP Tails, Interior Door handles, Trim pieces etc.
40th Aniv Grand Prix GTP Wheels (Very Shiny & Very Annoying :pukeleft: )


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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 3:19 pm 
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Got everything installed (except the poly sway bar bushings...right internal diameter but mount is completely wrong and the outer diameter is too small to reuse the factory mounts.) car sits level again, rides smooth and corners way better than the old warn out rubber end links let it. Very Happy.

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3.8L V6 SC, 180*T (Drilled),
Custom PCM w/Perf Shift,
SLP Ceramic Coated Headers,
Thrasher Cold Air Intake,
GXP Tails, Interior Door handles, Trim pieces etc.
40th Aniv Grand Prix GTP Wheels (Very Shiny & Very Annoying :pukeleft: )


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