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This is a discussion on Gabriel Ultra within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; Are these shocks any good? At 215k on the clock, the TA is getting a bit bouncy....

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    Are these shocks any good? At 215k on the clock, the TA is getting a bit bouncy.

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    I've never heard anything good about the gabriels', other than they're really cheap, I've heard of them blowing out in a little over 5k miles. But then again with 215k miles on the clock anything would be better than what's already on your car now.

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    From what I could find they are comparable to the stock De Carbons and Monroes. A set of Konis or SLP Bilsteins would be my choice.
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    LOL... Leadfarmer. Anything would be better but I'm not going to spend 400 for 4 shocks. And you are right .... they are shot!! One of them actually squeeks when I hit a bump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 79Firebird_99TA View Post
    LOL... Leadfarmer. Anything would be better but I'm not going to spend 400 for 4 shocks. And you are right .... they are shot!! One of them actually squeeks when I hit a bump.
    I completely understand, I also find a hard time justifying spending that much for just shocks

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    DO NOT BUY GABRIELS!!! I had them on the rear and without knowing it one was blown out. When I replaced them one moved with absolutely no resistance. It caused me to spin out on a on ramp and resulted in 3500 in damage. Worst mistake I ever made, its just not worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egod View Post
    DO NOT BUY GABRIELS!!! I had them on the rear and without knowing it one was blown out. When I replaced them one moved with absolutely no resistance. It caused me to spin out on a on ramp and resulted in 3500 in damage. Worst mistake I ever made, its just not worth it.
    $400 vs $3500
    I'll take the better shocks at $400 vs $3500 worth of damage any day!


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    They have lifetime warranty so I guess if they do blow out you can just throw another one in. Obviously they're not the best thing out there but if you would rather spend the money on other things they would probably be one of the better economy brands. I'm not sure I understand how a blown shock would cause you to spin out on what I assume is an on or off ramp.

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    There are numerous things that can be caused by bad and worn shocks and imagine one suddenly failing.
    Worn shock absorbers can add as
    much as 20% to your stopping
    distance. That's the sort of fault
    that can be fatal and requires
    immediate attention.
    If the hood of your car dips
    when you brake or slow down, or
    your vehicle swerves under
    brakes, you may have a shock
    absorber problem.
    Uncomfortable steering wheel
    vibration could be shock
    absorbers.
    If your car veers in side winds,
    particularly when the wind isn't so
    strong, you could have shock
    absorber problems.
    Notice that your car 'rock and
    rolls' over bumps, railway tracks
    or uneven surfaces? Not hugging
    the bends? Time to get those
    shock absorbers checked then!
    If your tjres are wearing
    unevenly, particularly if there are
    bald patches, odds are it's your
    shock absorbers.

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    I completely agree a blown shocks will cause all of those issues in extreme cases.However, losing control entering an on ramp with one shock that may or may not have been blown out before the accident is at best an extreme case and more than likely had other factors that had considerably more influence(I.E. entrance speed, weather, lead foot syndrome, etc.) IMO. Not trying to defend Gabriels at all, obviously Koni's and Bilstein's are superior shocks, but if you don't want to spend the extra money then they're a viable solution.

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