Shocks - monroe or gabriel? - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
Ford Forum Ford Forum

» Auto Insurance
» Featured Product
ยป Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > The Garage - Tech Forums > Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes
Register Home Forum Active Topics Photo Gallery Auto Loans Garage Mark Forums Read Auto Escrow

Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes Sponsored by: Discount Tire Direct

FordForums.com is the premier Ford Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-02-2003, 02:38   #1 (permalink)
cArSiK
 
cArSiK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: NSW
Age: 30
Posts: 1,249
Shocks - monroe or gabriel?

Hey all,
Just about to lower my ED with king spring lows. My shocks are not in the best shape so im wanting to do them at the same time. Im just wanting to know what brand of shocks you guys recommend - keeping in mind i dont want to spend all that much. I ve been quoted $199 for the springs and $255 for Monroe GT shocks (all round). However i can get Gabriel gas shocks from super cheap for $220 (taking into accound their deal buy 3 get 4th free).

What shock would be better? Im after a smoother ride but still would like to handle well.

Also how hard are they to install myself?

thanks
james
__________________
Oversteer Scares The Passengers , Understeer Scares The Driver.......
2001 AUII XR6 VCT -Auto, white,clear indicators,K&N filter,tint - - - - Let The Mods Begin!!!!!!!!
Proud TQE Operator
cArSiK is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-02-2003, 03:42   #2 (permalink)
If Only I Had Lexus Power
 
redGhia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Adelaide
Age: 31
Posts: 827
monroe have a buy 3 get 4 th free as well at the moment as well

i have monroes and i feel they could be a bit tighter doent know about gabriel i think they are supposed to be of reasonable quality
__________________
Have you driven a Ford....lateley?
Advertising has come along way-----But still not far enough!!!!!
** EL XR 6 -- Exhaust Technology System, PH4499, Stainless CAI, BMC Twin Filter, Koni Yellow, King Super Lows,DBA 4000 Rotors, Extreme Ceramic Clutch
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 ---- W 16 Configuration, Quad Turbo 1001 HP, 1250Nm, 4 Wheel Drive
redGhia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2003, 03:54   #3 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 60
Go for the Monroes. Gabriels are too stiff and will give a very harsh ride especially with the lowered springs (you'll feel every bump on the road).
image is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2003, 03:57   #4 (permalink)
cArSiK
 
cArSiK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: NSW
Age: 30
Posts: 1,249
thats funny , i heard the monroes give the harsh ride.....
__________________
Oversteer Scares The Passengers , Understeer Scares The Driver.......
2001 AUII XR6 VCT -Auto, white,clear indicators,K&N filter,tint - - - - Let The Mods Begin!!!!!!!!
Proud TQE Operator
cArSiK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2003, 04:30   #5 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Adelaide
Posts: 345
Personel preference I prefer Gabriel to Monroe made by the same company.Try Cofab approx. same price but better quality and for a smoother ride fit King comfort springs same ride height but a softer spring rate so a smoother ride
__________________
AU series1 Futura Duel Fuel,ceramic coated Pacemaker Headers,Hi-Flow cat.2.5in. exhaust,T-series snorkel,K&N panel filter,D.B.A.Slotted Rotors
taximan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2003, 04:53   #6 (permalink)
Two SC 61's = trouble
 
ebxr8240's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Penrith,nswAus/Morrinville.NZ
Age: 61
Posts: 6,360
The last thing you want on a lowered car is the springs bottoming out and gives the impression that the shocks are too hard and "could" be the opposite.Gabriel are the base shock that Pedders use,revalved talk to them.Have you checked prices on KYB or Tokico ???
__________________
Don't be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark...Professionals built the Titanic!
.
Tuned & maintained by "Peppertree Perfmormance". Dart block, Scat 4340 steel crank, Custom C.P pistons.Oliver rods.. Mal Wood twin plate clutch.. Twin SC61/2's,482 rwkw/ 645 rwhp..
Passengers, myocardial infarction material..
R.I.P Possum...
ebxr8240 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2003, 07:58   #7 (permalink)
4WD Jockey
 
LoverBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Katanning, WA.
Age: 29
Posts: 1,391
Re: Shocks - monroe or gabriel?

Quote:
Originally posted by cArSiK
Hey all,
Just about to lower my ED with king spring lows. My shocks are not in the best shape so im wanting to do them at the same time. Im just wanting to know what brand of shocks you guys recommend - keeping in mind i dont want to spend all that much. I ve been quoted $199 for the springs and $255 for Monroe GT shocks (all round). However i can get Gabriel gas shocks from super cheap for $220 (taking into accound their deal buy 3 get 4th free).

What shock would be better? Im after a smoother ride but still would like to handle well.
You are in the exact same position as me!
but the bloke recommended the gabrielle shockies to me, and they are slightly cheaper, i'm also getting "low" gabrielle springs.
Let me know how ya go mate.
Cheers
Mason.
LoverBoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2003, 15:11   #8 (permalink)
cArSiK
 
cArSiK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: NSW
Age: 30
Posts: 1,249
LoverBoy , tell me more about the low gabriel springs? Are they the same height as king spring lows? what are they worth??

james
__________________
Oversteer Scares The Passengers , Understeer Scares The Driver.......
2001 AUII XR6 VCT -Auto, white,clear indicators,K&N filter,tint - - - - Let The Mods Begin!!!!!!!!
Proud TQE Operator
cArSiK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2003, 16:01   #9 (permalink)
Nacho Nacho Man!
 
Venom XR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Vic
Age: 41
Posts: 3,514
Agree with Graeme, check out KYBs - good shock for the price.
__________________
The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for a life. - Andrew Brown
Venom XR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2003, 19:09   #10 (permalink)
17" is for 4cyc
 
Bluedriver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: in a paved palace !
Age: 34
Posts: 1,871
Guys, coming from the Suspension game let me spell out a few facts................
*Gabriel Springs ? No such animal !!!
*Gabriel/Monroe same company ? No at all, both large global manufacturers for the oe and aftermarket.
*Cofap better quality ? Brazilian made shock ! Fair quality imo.......
*Gabriel base shock for Pedders ? Infact for the last 5yrs Monroe have been making the car program for Pedders, all 4wd Pedders product is made by Gabriel.
*Base shock ? A shockabsorber factory can make a shock from a base type to a premium product ( like base BA XT to GT etc ), so quality and cost price varies.
*Harsh ride ? Well what do you expect, lower the car the ride is going to suffer, bump stop travel is reduced.
*IMHO the std Monroe/Gabriel is not suitable for anything lower than 25mm, BUT they are bought because of the $$$ ( cheap ) yes I know Konis etc too expensive for many........
*KYB not much distribution, used to be a great product in shocks,using small bore now (cost cutting) but struts still great.
*Tokico good product, no longer distribution in the Aftermarket.
*Gabriel have short stroke heavy duty shocks/struts for E series ( up to 50mm low ) in their catalog.

Best thing is get a few opinions from specialist's and see some of their work, test drive if possible before you buy.......

Sorry for the long thread.
__________________
'02 XR8 S111 220kw + a little more
Bluedriver is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > The Garage - Tech Forums > Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Monroe GT gas - A quick review cs123 Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes 5 04-26-2003 00:42
Rotors & Shocks for EF NAPARM Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes 5 04-07-2003 23:32
Monroe Shocks + King Springs biomechanic Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes 2 11-07-2002 21:27
Gotta Love monroe Fairlane Boy General Tech 1 07-29-2002 07:30
Shocks Shocks Shocks PapyCle Ford Expedition Forum | Lincoln Navigator Forum 1 09-01-2001 16:10

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:20.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.