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snoop Sat Jun 13, 2009 11:54 am

It IS a simple bolt on attachment.

And a jaw dropping improvement in front end suspension performance...worth 10x what they cost IMO.

All I can do is show you the water...

JeffRobenolt Sat Jun 13, 2009 1:53 pm

the shock extenders didn't fit, wrong thread size.

Snoop how firm are your shocks?

snoop Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:07 pm

OK, maybe it's more like kool-aid that I'm showin' ya :).

Not sure how best to answer your question...but here goes:

Firmer than the Bilstein HDs that they replaced. Not as dramatic a firming up as the Sensa Tracs had on the rear. The Sensa Tracs compared to Bilstein HDs firmed up the front suspension more than did GW springs compared to springs. These shocks are spec'd for Ford F-150s if that helps.

More info...I'd been thinking of getting an Addco front sway bar to firm up the front...not thinking that way anymore...really want to keep the comparatively high independent wheel articulation that the stock bar allows for off-road use...but wanted less body roll in high speed :roll: turns on-road...didn't think I could achieve both of these objectives...but both are met with these shocks.

Like Goldilocks said...just right :D

Here's some shots of 'em installed (borrowed neighbor's digicam):

Drink the kool-aid man!

240Gordy Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:23 pm

I thought it was normal for the shock to limit droop (extension).

JeffRobenolt Sat Jun 13, 2009 6:36 pm

The shocks will limit travel when you jack the van off the ground, unloading the suspension.

But as me and snoop found that at 19" the stock shocks top out.

Snoop, all I need is washers and the golf donut?

I do have the front and rear Addco bars.

With the big brakes the van nose dives big time with the soft Bilstein's, but I love the ride.

I wanted adjustable Koni's but the don't show any for 1978 F150's or Bronco's.

Thanks Jeff

snoop Sat Jun 13, 2009 7:28 pm

jrobewesty wrote:
Snoop, all I need is washers and the golf donut?


r39o Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:42 pm

What's a "golf" donut?

Which part number did you end up using?

I am easy to confuse!

JeffRobenolt Sun Jun 14, 2009 5:56 am

One the first page where snoop mentions the "golf donut" click on it, it's an ebay link.

For the part #, how high does your van sit?

At 19", 15" shock extention is a little short

At 18.5, 15" shock extention seams to work but 14.5" is to short.

At 18" maybe any will work, I'm not sure on that.

Loogy also said it isn't 1:1 either. So an inch of lifting your van will take more than an inch of shock travel.

I wish I would have found a thread on this before I bought my Bilstein's.

There a month old if anyone wants a deal.

r39o Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:15 am

I am at 18.5 front and rear on my van.

So we will have to see what I upgrade to for that application.

For another: What do you want for your shocks?

JeffRobenolt Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:58 pm

I called Monroe tech dept and they said the bottom mount is an LS46.

So the top is a S4and the bottom is a LS46

I went through the spec sheet and found no shocks with a LS46.

Snoop's two are the best option.

I bought some golf rings off ebay, but not the ones in Snoops link. The ones in the link looked to be plastic with 4 screw holding it together. The ones I bought are shinny rubber, hopefully they are the same size.

snoop Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:39 pm

Not the trusting type 'eh Jeff...s'OK, skepticism's healthy. I did my homework...the one's I recommended are the best fit...and I wouldn't recommend 'em without having tested them thoroughly and finding them worthy of such. I wouldn't steer you wrong...I care about yooz guys!

There aren't any screws on the golf ring pictured in the link...those are holes in the plastic liner revealing the steel ring underneath the plastic. They're definitely a perfect fit for mating these shocks to the shock tower (in place of the OEM bumper stop housing...which they actually do a better job of...blasphemy I know!).

The ring dimensions are: OD= 2.6", ID= 1.4", H=0.65".

You'll Love what the shocks do for your van Jeff...cross my heart.

Energy Concepts Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:56 am

Hi All,

doing the lift right now! :o)
( 87 Syncro )

My question (for today :o) is:

Which is the front and which is the back
of the Lower Control arm?

I guess that would also be:
Which is the top & which is the bottom?

I've got them off & just want to make sure I get them back on right!

There is a little 1" X 1/2" tab VW has welded
to the side of the Lower Control Arm,
On the side near where the radius arm attaches
with the three bolts.

Should this Tab Face Front or Rear?


JeffRobenolt Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:29 am

You might want to make a new post, are vans in this post are 2wd not syncro's.

Energy Concepts Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:30 pm

Thank You, I did! :o)
And I got the help needed.
Ahh the info age!!!
aint it great!
I always said it would lead to the freedom of China
And, I see it's happening right now in Iran!
Thanks again Samba !!!

r39o Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:08 pm

Any body shop these things?

Oh wise (ass) ones where are these shocks the least expensive?

I will experiment too, but wish to use as little coin as possible.

Times are tough and I am cheap when it comes to experiments.

snoop Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:02 am

r39o wrote:
I will experiment too...

Done it for 'ya already Walt...nothin' left but the enjoyin'. in earlier post... is about half the cost of the local NAPA store.

Enjoy :)

r39o Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:45 am

Via Amazon I found a set for about $65 with free shipping. Rock has them for about $53 plus shipping. So depending on where you are, it may make a few bucks. Napa retails for about $73 + your local tax. I buy wholesale from Napa and will check on that costing soon.

j_dirge Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:33 am

Geez.. at that price how could I NOT try them out?

I am thoroughly impressed with the Monroes in the rear.. 'cept for the new creaking noise...
I may have to try these on the front, too.

r39o Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:40 pm

I'm getting cheap in my old age. Sorry....

I am not "that" impressed with my rear ride, actually. Some tuning may yet be done back there.

I "will" give the fronts a whirl. Being cheap, I thought I would find out the least expensive purchase route. You know: "let your fingers do the walking."


JeffRobenolt Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:07 am

Snoop, I got them on. The van seems more stable and less lean in the corners.

After the test drive I still notice the flutter through the floor at the gas pedal, the reason I thought the Bilstein's were too short.

So the Bilstein's are probablly ok but the extra 1 1/4" of the Monroe's can hurt.

Snoop, did you use both washers and rubber bushings(1 above the A arm, 1 below) plus the golf ring?

The "golf digest" ring I bought had the same diamentions as the ring in your link.

Thanks again, Jeff

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