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repuguru


Redlining
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posted February 13, 2002 08:42 PM

Coil-overs

I am actually going to do this soon.
A friend of mine has a new set of coilover rear shocks for a REPU he says I should use instead of air shocks on the rear. I am planning on getting some Koni's for the front. Last I checked they were still available.
I have never used a set of coilover shocks before. He says it will make my truck handle more car like. What does anyone know?

       
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Jeff20B


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posted February 14, 2002 07:34 AM

Well I need new shocks for my truck. My friend's truck has coil overs in the rear, but I'm not sure if it handles more like a car. Wouldn't hurt to try it.
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'76 Cosmo
'77 MG Midget 13B
'81 RX-7

       
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Klaus43


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posted February 14, 2002 09:55 AM

My driver REPU had those on it when I got it. Far as I could tell, their main effect was to jack up the back end an extra bit...nothing car-like about it. I proceeded to replace all four corners w./ KYB "gas-adjust" shocks, in a version that put their travel into spec for lowering the front 2" and the back up to 3". I have yet to lower the truck, though I've accquired a set of cut springs for the front(Prev. successfully used in a courier), and a set of "ghetto" blocks for the rear... The KYB's handle nice; if anyone's interested, I'll look up the numbers... I think the rears were listed for a Mustang, the fronts ? Of course, Koni's would be nicer!

       
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Jeff20B


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posted February 14, 2002 10:47 AM

Could you please list the numbers for the KYBs?
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'76 Cosmo
'77 MG Midget 13B
'81 RX-7

       
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repuguru


Redlining
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posted February 14, 2002 01:50 PM

If you have the Koni #'s list them too..
I have to go thru a guy, who knows of some guy in NY that bought up a boat load of old stuff.

       
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Jeff20B


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posted February 14, 2002 05:30 PM

My truck is lowered 2 inches so I need the shorter shocks.
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'76 Cosmo
'77 MG Midget 13B
'81 RX-7

       
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repuguru


Redlining
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posted February 15, 2002 05:00 AM

I have gas charged units on mine right now and they make the truck sit high.

       
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Klaus43


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posted February 15, 2002 11:47 PM

I'll get you guys those numbers next day or two... saved the boxes they came in on purpose! Computer's at my girlfriend's, though, and the REPU stuff's back at my pad...
These KYB's might make it sit a little bit higher, but it's hard for me to be absolutely sure, since I also don't run a back bumper on that truck, nevermind I re-bushed the leaf springs with NOS courier bushings from an obsolete Ford parts place... Anyhow, these shocks are the white ones, and they don't LOOK any different on the outside--but, apparently at least, the travel spec on the inside is what I was looking for to accommodate lowering... and they work fine unlowered, too, despite their non-stock spec's.
Oh yeah--I wonder if your NY Koni guy is the same one my buddy here knows about... is he way expensive? I don't have the numbers, but there's always a way...

       
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repuguru


Redlining
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posted February 16, 2002 06:50 AM

I will find out the name of the guy in NY to see if he is the same one your talking about.

       
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Klaus43


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posted February 16, 2002 08:09 PM

O.K. guys, here's the scoop:

KG 4513 rear, KG 5517 front; "Gas-a-just"... I don't remember where I had to order 'em from, but I remember it was cheaper than buying local...lots. This may help:
KYB Corp. of America
(800) 592-2677 --Addison, IL
(888) 592-8723 --Lombard, IL.
I also found the obsolete Ford parts place info. (where I got courier bushings, etc. to fit):
Green Sales Co.
2172 Seymour Ave.
Cincinatti, OH.,45237
(513) 731-3304
(800) 543-4959
Freese Motors, Inc.
102 W. 2nd St.
Monticello, IA.,52310
(319) 465-3541
:) Party On! --K.

       
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Jeff20B


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posted February 17, 2002 10:54 AM

I needed to get shocks on Friday at schucks because they were on sale for 9.99 each (not bad) and the sale was ending on Saturday. They are the standard stock replacements for an unlowered REPU. I think they should work ok. They were cheap enough to take a chance. Anything would be better than my current shocks which practically cause me to chip a tooth or loose a kidney everytime I hit a small bump (and that's before it hits the rubber bumper things).

I guess I could forgo installing these shocks in favor of waiting for the shorter KYB numbers. Well, maybe. My baja has KYB gas-adjust (so does my friend's REPU, which Keeps You Bouncin).
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'76 Cosmo
'77 MG Midget 13B
'81 RX-7

       
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Rotor


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posted August 23, 2002 12:19 PM

Hey Guru.....I think you might not like the Koni's with the "helper" springs. They aren't real coilovers. They will increase the rear ride height slightly, and also increase the spring rate.

Those are the ones Mike L has, right?

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