17" is for 4cyc
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: in a paved palace !
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