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Anyone replaced their stock sport springs/shocks with the Quick-Strut? How much does it sacrifice the OE ride quality and handling? I have a 96 Sport and my mechanic is leery about leaving the OE springs on due to the severe corrosion of the strut assembly.
 

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I have quick "struts" on the front of the T-bird and on a friend's car. I like the ride and handling, although I don't know how they compare to other shock and spring combinations out there.
 

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I have them and they are soft not much harsher than stock. Thye bolt right in. I kinda wish I went with something stiffer but then again I installed them myself and didn't want to have shop charge me to put my old springs back together with a new shock. If I had to do it again it would be tokico blues with cut sport springs.
 

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Don't get rid of the stock sport springs unless they are broken. On a daily driver, I would reccomend the tokicko blues. I have them on my MarkVIII, and it helped with the handling but they are not harsh. Before that I had the 03 Cobra Bilsteins in the back, and they were entirely too stiff for a daily driver. If your mechanic doesn't want to re-use the stock springs, send me a PM and I can swap them out for you.
 

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I have KYB shocks front & rear on my '97 T-Bird, and I'm not real crazy about them. I believe they're too soft in rebound damping, at least with the front ones. I had my front sport springs replaced in April, 2009 (right after I bought the car) because they were broken. They were replaced with Moog coil springs. The KYB shocks were installed at the same time. I was immediately unhappy with the way the front-end "floated" up and down when passing over dips in the pavement at highway speeds. A short time later, I bought Vogtland 1" drop coil springs and installed them front & rear. Now, while the front-end "float" problem is MUCH improved, it is still there slightly, and I've come to the conclusion it must be the shocks. I don't think I would've had this problem with the O.E. sport shocks and, if my car was in better shape and worth the money, I'd invest in some better shocks. But, the problem isn't bad enough to really need to do something about, right now. Besides, I have some other major issues on the car to fix (power steering rack & hoses leaking, oil filter adapter gasket leaking, I'm getting REAL tired of having to put my passenger-side window down so I can lift the door up to close it because my lower hinge is shot, etc)!!!

I've often wondered how I'd like those Monroe Quick-Struts!

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I'll add this much about them. The shocks are their Sensa-Trac variety, and when I did the work on the car I replaced both front shocks/springs (springs broken) and both rear shocks. I can say the difference in handling between the original, worn out shocks and the new Sensa-Tracs was quite astonishing. It was much firmer and stable, especially in corners and over dips in the road.

That said, the car feels about the same (in my opinion) as my fiancee's dad's 97 Sport which has the original shocks and springs.
 

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I installed a set of these for a customer a year ago. They are a nice product and they work nicely and ride comfortably. I don't know how they would compare to the sport springs. But if it's a daily driver they work great.
 

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I put on Monroe Quick-Struts on front and Monroe shocks on the back when both my front springs rusted and broke (don't fool yourself, it will happen so plan for it).

The car definitely rides better than before, but that's not saying much. I'm pretty happy with them, the ride is OK.
 

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I have 'em. For the stock car they are great IMO. I think something else for performace/lower look would be better. I don't ever remember having the car over 90mph or making noise with the tires in the corners.
 

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Thanks all for the replies. To be more specific, my mechanic is cautious about separating the springs because of the deteriorated strut assembly. The spring is bowing out because the seat is rusted and practically gone. The car is going up on a lift Tuesday for a thorough inspection so I'll know better if the springs can be safely salvaged.

In the event that the sport springs can be salvaged, I'm also looking at the Tokico replacement shocks. They frequently refer to a 1.25" drop. Is that mandatory or can they be used with the stock spring height?
 

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They can be used with the stock height as well.
 

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Get the Tokico spring/strut/shock set up. I installed these in my son's 96 Cat last fall, (replaced a Sport set up) and they are a huge improvement over 15yr old stock. Also, gave the car about a 1.5in drop, greatly improving the the overall look with 18inch wheels.

If I remember correctly, got the kit for about 385.00 shipped.
 

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Thanks all for the replies. To be more specific, my mechanic is cautious about separating the springs because of the deteriorated strut assembly. The spring is bowing out because the seat is rusted and practically gone.
If the shock seat is bowing, taking the spring off still seems possible to me. Soon as you compress the spring you take the pressure off the seat. Doesn't seem like a big deal to me. However if the shock is that rusted then you likely have rusty springs too. I know spring breakage is an issue for the east coast guys.
 
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