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 Posted: 09-05-2007 02:50 pm
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Rob Rawe
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While going over the J.H. getting her ready for a road trip I noticed one of the rear shocks is leaking.

So I would like to know if someone can recomend a aftermarket shock ( Mfg. & Part #) that I could pickup at a local autopart store.

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Rob

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 Posted: 09-06-2007 04:38 pm
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I don't think you're going to find any shocks at your local auto parts chain store for this car. The size has been obsolete for years. The least expensive route I know of is the budget KYB brand shocks that Delta is selling. The rear ones will raise the car somewhat, so the KYB's are not an exact replacement by any stretch.

The Bilstein shocks in the club store are custom fabricated to fit the JH, which is one reason they cost what they do.

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 Posted: 09-07-2007 01:11 am
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Jensen Healey
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Try the KYB KG5552 from the '83 to '85 Toyota Celica with solid rear axle. The car weighs a few hundred pounds more than the JH but IIRC the length is correct. Use at your own risk since the valving is not for a JH.

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 Posted: 03-13-2008 09:11 pm
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I just replaced rear shocks with KYB KG5552. Rubber bushings were wider and could be trimmed, I re-used old ones.  Shocks work great with huge improvement over old ones. Shockwarehouse.com $41.32 ea.

Bill Nunes #14592

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 Posted: 03-19-2008 05:18 pm
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Those are ones that Delta sells. They do raise the rear ride height slightly as they are not specifically designed for the JH.

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 Posted: 03-19-2008 07:03 pm
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Just ordered a pair off of Amazon - believe it or not.  They had the best price.  I'll letcha know how they work out.

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 Posted: 03-28-2008 04:07 am
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The shocks fit fine.  Took me maybe an hour to install them both.  What a difference!  I didn't realize how bad the old ones were.  MUCHO smoother ride and improved handling in the corners.  Berry Berry nice. 

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 Posted: 03-28-2008 06:10 pm
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Joel, Congrats on rear shock replacement. How are your front shocks? I will be changing mine out soon and have seen some talk about using KYB KG5501 with some mods. Any thoughts or advice?

Thanks, Bill

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 Posted: 03-28-2008 07:01 pm
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I paid someone else (Harry at Viking Motorsports) to do the front.  I think he put KYBs on the front.  I know they're not bilsteins.  I like them a lot. 

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 Posted: 04-01-2008 02:32 am
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I am waiting for two pairs of KYB's to arrive, KG5501's for the front and KG5552's for the rear.  I will post how the installation goes but, as I have the whole front subframe pulled out (new ball joints and bushings), it may be a while.  Also have all new bushings to put in the rear.

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 Posted: 04-01-2008 02:38 am
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The entire front suspension is new on mine.  I had Harry do it.  Now, I need to go thru the rear. 

But, she's running good.  :-)

If anyone in San Diego needs a mechanic I found another guy.  Josh at Eli's British cars in Hillcrest did a really good job on a couple of small things for me and I will use him again. 

Threadjack over....

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 Posted: 04-01-2008 04:09 pm
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Andy, who did you order your shocks from? I'm doing a similar project, replacing front bushings with Super Pro's from club boutique, springs and sway bar from DMS.

thanks, Bill

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 Posted: 04-01-2008 04:45 pm
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I found Amazon to be the cheapest - 40 bucks for the rear. 

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Thanks for the tip on Amazon Joel.  I'm wondering if some one would know what modifications (if any) would have to be done to the KYB 5501 for Jensen Healey front shocks?

Thanks, Bill

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 Posted: 04-02-2008 05:43 am
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I bought mine from Shock Warehouse.  Cheaper on Amazon but Shock Warehouse had free shipping.

I was working on fitting the front ones today.

For the lower end it seems that if you press out the steel bushing from your old shock it is a good fit in the new one and should be all that is needed.  The rubber bushing seems a little wider in the new one, and may need to be trimmed a little, but I think it will compress.

For the upper end, to replace the "T" piece, I am going to take the bushing pressed out of the old shock and make a spacer (approximately 0.535" long) to go on each side of the new shock's bushing.  Seems relatively simple and could be done with a hack saw and a file in a few minutes.

Hope this helps,

Andy 15223

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 Posted: 04-03-2008 12:33 am
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I whittled up my spacers today.  Picture attached.

Andy

Attachment: SANY0358.JPG (Downloaded 388 times)

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 Posted: 04-03-2008 04:29 pm
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Awesome! great pic's, I should be receiving my shocks and springs today and can't wait to install them. Many thanks for the effort to supply info. and pic's.

thanks, Bill

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 Posted: 05-06-2008 02:45 am
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I had a note from another member that Monroe Sensatrax work - 5752 for the front (tough to install) & 5867 for the rear (easy to install). I haven't tried them yet.

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It's hard to believe it's been three years since I posted the note about Monroe shocks. I finally pried my wallet open and picked up a set for both front and back on Friday. Seemed to be time to replace the original ones from 1973

The rears went in easily with no modifications and took about an hour. The front required about an hour for each side. The longest part was removing the old bushings to be reused in the new shocks. The bottom pressed out in a vise and the top came out with a hacksaw (eventually).

Everything is back in place and ready for a ride later in the week.

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Last edited on 06-20-2011 01:08 am by Steve Jarvis

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Steve..when you replace the front shocks, do you need a spring compressor to remove the spring ? Was considering doing springs and shocks but got intimidated after reading the shop manual instructions where it says to use a compressor.

Eric

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