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Old 12-09-2008, 12:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Trying to get an idea of my best way to address the problem, and from what I've seen so far it seems that 1) aftermarket struts are VERY pricey with koni being the only option, 2) ford struts aren't exactly cheap either, and 3) that non-sho specific struts can be used under certain circumstances. So I guess my questions are: How can basic Taurus struts be used, and how much will I notice the difference? Will they wear out at a faster rate? Are the OEM SHO struts really worth the extra money in comparison?

Any other info I might not know (which is pretty considerable) is greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-09-2008, 01:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would try searching the forum as this has been discussed and laid out in detail before many times.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Let me try and introduce questions I didn't find answers for: If I were to drop non-SARC struts into my SHO springs, which would give me the best results at a reasonable price? I'm not expecting miracles just a solid, reasonable ride and there's much talk about choices here. I see a lot of pull for the KYB's but then the conversation goes to the murky land of aftermarket springs, spring height numbers, and talk of cutting coils... and I get lost. I just want a little simplicity since I'm, uh, simple. Are some manufacturers better for front and some for rear a la the RAN/JAR combo (I have no idea what that stands for, btw) I read about in a thread? To save myself a lot of waiting and trouble, what other parts other than strut mounts should I add to my shopping list so I don't find myself short when getting down to business? Studs? Bushings? This will be my first strut job and evne though I'll have help from friends with more experience I don't want to be caught short on parts. Finally, I read something about wires that go to the SARC struts. Where do they connect, and is there a process for taking them out of play when using SLO's?

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Old 12-09-2008, 09:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Check out the Monroe quick struts. They come complete, ready to install. I went to the Summit site and they only had the struts for the SHO up until 95, but you can call them and check if they have them for your year.

Here is what is included...

Bearing plate
Upper and lower isolator
Upper spring seat
Coil spring
Boot kit
and a strut

For example they sell the right front strut complete for $169.95, the rears are $149.95 which isn't bad at all for a complete strut.

http://store.summitracing.com/egnsearch.as...mp;autoview=sku
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They will only show stuts for the SHO up to 95, as 96-99 struts are SARC (Semi-Active Ride Control), which uses a special strut. You can use normal struts on a 96-99 SHO, but you lose the functionality of the SARC system.

You can use regular Taurus struts on a SHO.
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If you use the regular struts with the SHO then the springs will bottom out. If you want to preserve the performance of the SHO suspension then you need to use KONI inserts, SARC struts or OEM '99 SHO struts.
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That's surprising Paul. The V8 SHO isn't significantly heavier than the SLO, so I would imagine that SLO springs and struts would work on a SHO.

Of course, I don't have any personal experience using SLO suspension parts on my SHO, so this is all conjecture.
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Do you mean that SLO's will bottom out when used with the SHO springs or when using a regular taurus strut/spring set-up in general due to the weight difference? I'm leaning towards a set of monroe or gabriel quickstruts but don't know if I'd be better off sticking with the stock springs. I know the handling will suffer (how much, exactly...?) but my cash situation is dictating how I approach this. Will the '99 SLO struts work fine with the '97 SARC springs?
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The SHO springs are longer and have a higher load carrying capacity. This will require a beefier strut than a SLO strut to control them.

If you use regular SLO springs and struts on the SHO then you will bottom out the springs and get pogoing.
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