Rockauto sells the KYBs for $21.xx but other folks have complained that they are too soft.
For OE quality, motorcraft shocks are only $24 on rockauto (before coupon + shipping). I recall snapping up two on closeout at only $10.77/ea.
Cheapest are Monroe Matics at $13.81/ea
Don't forget the 5% off Rockauto coupon
I have Monroe SensaTrac on my 96 tbird all around. They have a nice ride for a daily driver, not really stiff but not too soft either.
I put new stock non-sport motorcrafts on the back of my Cougar and they seemed too soft, but it had worn out sport shocks before so IDK... I put new sport shocks on the back of it and they are great; good luck find those anymore, they haven't been made in a long time.
Have heard okay things about KYBs on this forum. The Tokyo blue are still around if you want sporty. They will cost quite a bit compared to KYB or Monroe.
Oh and depending on if your 96 is a sport or not will make a big difference for what you should get. The spring rates are different. My Cougar is a sport and rides a lot different than my tbird.
Yeah I have those KYBs and I'm not happy with em at all. I have them on H&R 1.5 drop springs and they are no stiffer then Monroe Sensa Tracs. They are a good OEM riding shock but if you want cornering performance look elsewhere.
They are inexpensive and yet well reviewed. I read up on the KYB Excel shocks and couldn't find anything positive about them. I've heard the Monroe Sensatraks are too mushy, but couldn't tell you from experience.
First time poster, I've been digging through TcCoa and ScCoa for the past couple months now on various topics. I'm at the point parts will be coming for a friends cougar this week, I'll probably be doing most of the work. To start with she's a 93 Cougar 3.8L., AOD has been rebuilt...
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If you are only interested in fitting the front struts/coilovers onto your car, skip to post #11. The first installments are fitting the rears which take more modification and there are easier options. If you want full coilovers, read on
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