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Offline kingfish318

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Looking for a good quality yet affordable front shocks for my 73 Cuda. What kind and where do you guy get them? Any experience with certain brands? Summit, Jegs, Napa, Auto Zone, etc....??? Thanks.




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Re: 73 Cuda front shock absorbers. What's everyone using or recommending?
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2020 - 12:22:59 AM »
Kind of depends what you want or expect out of your shocks. If it is ride, then get something locally like Monroe or any decent brand (EXCEPT KYB, they suck). If you want performance such as better handling then look at Bilstien (go to Firm Feel) or QA1 single or double adjustable. Corvettes and modern Challengers use Bilstiens and I put them on my Cuda (front) and on my Challenger (removed the KYB) and they make a very noticeable difference.
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70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
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9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Cuda front shock absorbers. What's everyone using or recommending?
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2020 - 09:35:06 AM »
Yes, I want ride quality. Not looking to hot rod around corners just better street manors. They are old and need replacing. Any idea on price? I was under the assumption Monroe was not good, but that was years ago. Thanks for the heads up on the KYB.

Was going to post a pic of the car but can't get them to load. What's up with that, too large a file? They are jpg.

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Re: 73 Cuda front shock absorbers. What's everyone using or recommending?
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2020 - 12:35:15 AM »
The site is jacked up, won't take any pictures.

Just looked at Rockauto and they have Gabriels for like $20/each.

Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Cuda front shock absorbers. What's everyone using or recommending?
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2020 - 07:09:45 PM »
Are 20 dollar shocks good!!?

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Re: 73 Cuda front shock absorbers. What's everyone using or recommending?
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2020 - 10:52:48 AM »
For normal everyday driving, sure. Those shocks are probably $30+ retail but Rockauto sells at a discount.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Cuda front shock absorbers. What's everyone using or recommending?
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2020 - 11:15:25 AM »
With shocks, you pay for what you get...   spend cheap... get cheap... spend more... be more pleased.   Double adjustable will please you the most and allow YOU to best tune your ride.
Autocross/road racers go in deeper... and come out harder!

See  MOPAR ACTION MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2006 ISSUE for featured article and details on my autocross T/A.

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Re: 73 Cuda front shock absorbers. What's everyone using or recommending?
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2020 - 06:17:27 PM »
I hear what your sayin'. But this car is babied and is not drive like its stolen. lol. Was thinking if it was a touring mod car then yes. Is there anything in between? The ones on it now are from the 80's and does a little diving on occasion. Front end alignment is good so I figure its the shocks. Thanks for the reply.

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Re: 73 Cuda front shock absorbers. What's everyone using or recommending?
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2020 - 12:14:02 AM »
Just get some Monroes or Gabriels, check out Rockauto.com. Don't be worried that they are "cheap" or not good, they have been making shocks for decades and for what you are describing they will be great.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Cuda front shock absorbers. What's everyone using or recommending?
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2020 - 12:07:05 PM »
Ok, thanks for the response. I will get those.