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Username Post: Wagon Shock suggestions        (Topic#359933)
Don S 
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Loc: Northampton, Pa
Reg: 11-25-05
02-24-20 06:31 PM - Post#2787251    

Hi All, I have a '55 4-dr wagon. I'm getting ready to swap out the stock rear for a '66 Nova rear. It is 2" narrower. With the stock rear and my wide tires, it bottomes out on bumps. Currently I have air shocks, but they are dying, and I want to change to something reliable, not necessasarily air shocks.
The tires are close to the quarter lip, but not real tight.
I'm wondering what you guys are using. I really don't know whats out there in shocks.
any suggestions?


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02-24-20 09:58 PM - Post#2787272    
    In response to Don S

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02-25-20 10:51 AM - Post#2787308    
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03-31-20 11:02 AM - Post#2789907    
    In response to pauldian

I am very, very happy with my KYB GR2 shocks. They are quite firm without having a harsh ride. The car handles outstanding.

Also keep in mind that you may possibly need a shorter shock if you have a frame mounted shock brace that lowers the top mounting location from the floor pan.

KYB has an excellent website that shows you the various shock specs for extension, compression and ride height. I called their tech guys, and they walked me through my particular situation as I DID need a slightly shorter shock to set mine up right with the upper mounts.



Don S 
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Loc: Northampton, Pa
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04-13-20 01:10 PM - Post#2791059    
    In response to redlinetoys

Hi Bob, thanks for the reply on the shocks for my '55 wagon. Is your car a wagon? I'm just checking, as I don't want the car bottoming out when we put luggage and coolers in it!

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04-16-20 04:23 AM - Post#2791258    
    In response to Don S

A lot is riding on your differential so the condition of the rear springs is critical as are the number of springs.

It's all good. mostly


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