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Old 04-24-2003, 21:45   #1 (permalink)
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Monroe GT gas - A quick review

Recently I have become more dissatisifed with the standard shock absorbers in my AUI Fairmont. It has a tendancy to dive into corners and roll onto the outside wheels. The other more annoying problem is with the way it skipped over bumpy roads.

I was all set to buy some Monore Sensa-Trac or Gabriel VST shocks until I read a writeup in the latest Motor magazine on Monroe's new "GT gas with reflex technology" shocks. My previous experience with Monroe GT shocks were one harsh rides and not suitable for standard applications. As my Fairmont is completly standard I never considered these until I researched them a little.

It seems that the new shocks are designed to give the performance of a GT shock while remaining complient enought to offer a good ride. The selling features are softer ride, flatter cornering, dive resistance and better roadholding, particularly under emergency braking with ABS.

This seemed to be what I was after so I had some installed for $500 fitted (introductory special I think).

Well, from the limited diving I have done since then I can say that the car feels firmer without being harsh. It does indeed corner flatter, but will start to roll progressively around sweepers. The car is more stable under brakes and it holds the road well over broken roads.

On the down side, the cars ride hight seems slightly higher, but this may be my imagination or they may eventually settle.

I would definately recommend looking at these shocks, particularly if you get some slightly lower springs as well.
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Managed to get a set of these a month or so ago for my EFII from my uncle (mechanic, so trade price) for $250 for all 4, with free installation (him and i installed them). I was quoted about $350-$400 without installation, so the price sounds about right.

I'm not an expert, but the car rides a lot better (compared to my old 230,000km old stockies - yes, i know), and handles noticeably better.

100km's on the bends near home (country vic) is much smoother and the car feels a *lot* 'safer' at that speed than it used to. Braking is also noticeably smoother, and i think i pull up a little faster (could be just me however).

I'm happy with them. As someone who didn't want to spend megabucks on a car as old as mine, i think they suit well. A nice shocker, for not too much money.
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Got these in the front struts of my escort club car(testing) ,have used them before and for the price you cant go wrong,just if they get a hard time they give up the ghost,after about 2-3 years
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gabriel VST shocks are damn good aswell....i just installed a set on my ED and the difference compared to the standard shocks is massive. I got my set for $220 and installed myself.
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Re: Monroe GT gas - A quick review

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My previous experience with Monroe GT shocks were one harsh rides and not suitable for standard applications.
Geez your not wrong there!.... I just put a new set on mine and the ride is a shocker.. firm yet REAL HARSH!! even the 10 year old shockies felt better!

I'm ready to toss them and check out these new ones :err:
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I'm ready to toss them and check out these new ones :err:
Go for a set of VST gabriels! I was tossing up between GT's and VST , i went the VST and am real happy - the ride isnt much harsher than with the standard Gli springs/shocks (i put King Spring Lows in it aswell)....

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