KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensa-trac/OESpectrum shocks

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KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensa-trac/OESpectrum shocks

Postby kensmith on Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:09 pm

I am going to replace my front shocks. I know KYB are the ones everyone buys as a stock type replacement shock. But there is also the Monroe Sensa-trac as a replacement shock at about the same price. Looking for opinions and any information before I buy. Thanks !
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby 81SPIDERMATT on Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:51 am

kyb is what i have and i love them.... after researching i wish i had saved a little longer and gone with the koni's ...can't speak of the sensatracks
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby kensmith on Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:02 am

I read the Koni's were stiff. I also heard the KYB's tend to be soft. I was thinking maybe the Monroe's were somewhere in-between?
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby mostlytwowheeled on Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:58 am

I put Gabriel "Classic" gas shocks on the front and Monroe "Sensatrack" gas shocks on the back. The ride is firm without being harsh.
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby spiderrey on Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:12 pm

I have new kyb,s and my car feels like a boat.
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby So Cal Mark on Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:45 pm

does it feel like a boat because you have an anchor under the hood? :lol:
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby kensmith on Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:15 pm

So Cal Mark wrote:does it feel like a boat because you have an anchor under the hood? :lol:


Isn't the anchor standard equipment under the hood? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby kensmith on Tue May 03, 2011 2:34 pm

I too have heard the KYB GR-2 were soft giving a floaty feel. Think I will order the Monroe Sensatracks and give them a try. I contacted Monroe and they could not give me any comparisons, they just said their #5769 front and #5770 rear are the fiat 124 replacements.
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby So Cal Mark on Tue May 03, 2011 2:47 pm

I've got KYBs on my car and it corners pretty well. Ask any of the other So Cal members that have gone on canyon runs with me :)
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby kensmith on Tue May 03, 2011 3:14 pm

So Cal Mark wrote:I've got KYBs on my car and it corners pretty well. Ask any of the other So Cal members that have gone on canyon runs with me :)


That's a little contrary to what the posts here say? :?: :?: :?:
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby spiderrey on Tue May 03, 2011 6:43 pm

I ve been on those runs Mark. I think your jealous of my anchor, the one under the hood that is. I really feel my car is to soft, maybe it will feel better once its lowered a little. Or maybe it justs accelerates so hard that it dosent leave enough weight on the front suspension. It does have the stock 41 year old springs still on it, and they only had to deal with a 1438 before I got the car. Back to those runs, the last time I was on the car didnt handle well enough to keep up with lesser cars in the corners. It was a bit un nerving. Mark you need to make lowering spriongs for early cars.
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby kensmith on Wed May 04, 2011 10:22 am

mostlytwowheeled wrote:I put Gabriel "Classic" gas shocks on the front and Monroe "Sensatrack" gas shocks on the back. The ride is firm without being harsh.


If you push down on the rear bumper, does it go down easily and a few inches? I have done the bounce test and all 4 corners do what they are supposed to but compared to my other cars, my spider shock travel is more than triple my other cars. I mean my other cars move up and down about 1 inch, the fiat about 3 inches.
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby kensmith on Wed May 04, 2011 4:13 pm

Update...............

Ok the Monroe are not Sensa-track like I thought. They are called OESpectrum. Here is the information if anyone is interested.

Monroe® OESpectrum®: Passenger Car Shock Absorbers

PRECISION-TUNED FOR FOREIGN NAMEPLATE APPLICATIONS
The Monroe® OESpectrum® shock absorbers are engineered specifically for foreign nameplate vehicles and feature the latest global original equipment valving technologies. Developed through years of research and on-vehicle testing, Monroe OESpectrum units provide an unprecedented level of handling precision and control while filtering out the ride harshness commonly encountered on many foreign nameplate applications. This unique blend of control and comfort is made possible through Tenneco's "Twin Technology Active Control System", an exclusive internal damping control technology first developed for leading global vehicle manufacturers.

Tenneco's Twin Technology consists of its latest Impact Control Valve (ICV), which delivers exceptional control under virtually all driving conditions, and a patented Low Speed Tunability (LST) piston design that isolates impact-related noise, vibration and harshness.
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby mostlytwowheeled on Wed May 04, 2011 6:36 pm

# on the "Monroe" box, 5770 ST. These are the sensatrack shocks I put on my 1978 Spider. I think I got them at Advance Auto here in Muskegon.
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Re: KYB GR-2 VS Monroe Sensatrack shocks

Postby mostlytwowheeled on Wed May 04, 2011 6:37 pm

# on the "Monroe" box, 5770 ST. These are the sensatrack shocks I put on my 1978 Spider. I think I got them at Advance Auto here in Muskegon.
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