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Old November 12th, 2016, 09:24 AM
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57 Front shocks & stabilizer

Hello;
i am looking for a set of front shocks for my 57 Olds 98 Starfire. Looks like the ones on the car are from 1968...Rock Auto list AC Delco 520-326 and Gabriel 82079.
Anyone here have experience with either or know of a better alternative? I'm also thinking of looking into a front gas type stabilizer to help with front end roll.

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Old November 28th, 2016, 04:23 PM
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I went with the Gabriel shocks...have to wait until spring to test them out...
I can't find a stabilizer or damper that looks to be able to attach to my 57.
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I'm going to be putting my NOS oil shocks on tonight!
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Old November 30th, 2016, 09:41 PM
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Wow!! That video is right!! The gas shocks coming off the car are hard as a rock!! The oil shocks I can do with my hand!! Wow!! What a difference!
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Old December 3rd, 2016, 02:03 PM
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I went with the gas shocks to try to get a bit more stiffness in the ride to try to limit body roll. As I said I'll be waiting to try them until spring since the salt has already hit the road around here.
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Old December 3rd, 2016, 03:21 PM
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Well if you want a super stiff ride gas shocks on an old car is the way to go. Unbelievable how big of a difference there is. Win the gas shocks the car felt like it was going to rattle apart on bumps I assumed its just an old car with worn out metal. I was wrong! The metal is no weaker today, it was the shocks! It rides like a CLOUD now!!
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Update;
Once I was back on the road I found I had a better feel for what was happening on the road. This helped me find the issue with the steering coupling falling apart. I like the feel of these shocks. The don't feel to stiff at all and seem to provide a good stance on the road. I drive on a lot of back country roads which have a lot of pitch and roll changes. These new shocks and replacing the coupling, rag joint, have made the ride much smoother and easy to control.

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So....after very few miles and hearing an odd squeek coming from the front end I found this;





The shock support had slid off the rubber bushing on both sides of the car and was rubbing against the lower shock support. I emailed Gabrielle twice with no reply back. Great customer service.

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