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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-17-2016, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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In addition to 4WheelDiscBrakes Have any of you guys looked into the issue of Gen 3 vs Gen 4 for wagon shocks specifically?
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I only asked the KYB tech about rear sedan struts.
Front struts for gen 3-4, sedans and wagons are the same.
KYB shocks I installed on my 71 B-300 Dodge Van are superior to Monroe and Gabriel shocks I had used in the past. The front and rear were matched and stopped nose dive and wallowing. I would imagine this would be true on your Taurus too.
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The way it was explained to me is that struts for sedan/wagon have one part number that is officially compatible for Gen 3 AND Gen 4, and there are also separate part numbers for Gen 3 and Gen 4 that are officially compatible just with each generation. Although in reality they are all interchangeable. And people claim that the official Gen 4 ones are firmer, which is what I have in front right now on my '99. If you look on Rock Auto you will see what I mean
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I just emailed KYB's technical department to try and get further clarification: This is what I wrote: Hi,

I have a quick question; I hope you can please help me out; thanks! It's about KYB part number KG5574 and part number KG5575. It seems that KG5574 is the shock that fits the "Third Generation" Ford Taurus, and that KG5575 is the shock that fits the "Fourth generation" Ford Taurus, although in reality both part numbers are somewhat interchangeable. My question is about the firmness of the shocks in question, as many people online say that in general the "fourth generation" Taurus shocks and struts are valved to be "firmer" than the "third generation," which would mean that 5575 is firmer than 5574. However, someone who contacted KYB previously had been informed that in fact 5574 is the firmer shock. Could I trouble you to please clarify this question? Thanks so much!!


and this was the reply:

The KG5574 would have higher damping at lower speeds but would have lower damping at higher speeds vs. the KG5575.


Could someone please help clarify that answer, now I'm doubly confused...
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I believe they are referring to the speed of suspension movement. Pot holes are abrupt, high speed. Speed bumps or wallows in the road are low speed by comparison.
Google "shock damping rates" for more info.
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So which one would I want then? I guess it seems that better damping at high speed would probably be generally more desirable?
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2002 wagon.


A Monroe question.
Rear shocks for wagon.


Anyone know difference between Monroe 32299 and Monroe 5971? Other then price.

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Here is the answer directly from Monroe.
Don't have a clue what this actually means though.
Is the only difference the warranty. And both shocks are the same?

"Even though both have the same dimensions as well as both fit the same year, make vehicles, part # 32299 is a Monro-matic plus shock (the economic style, does not have lifetime warranty); part #5971 is an OESpectrum Car Shock absorber ( Our Premium Product with Lifetime Warranty).

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If you're going to sell the wagon, go with the economy #32299. If you plan on keeping it, go with the #5971. It's like their blue Econo-matic struts vs. their black Sensa-trac struts.
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