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shock absorbers GAS or OIL ???? whats best

just prepairing for big spend to do with my MOT, definate fail on some F&R bushes so deciding to replace coils and shocks while its all accesable so nil labour costs putting in new springs and shocks

but OIL or GAS Munroe were a likely choice any opinions

car is PH1 3.0 gtv
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Originally Posted by bradpit999 View Post
just prepairing for big spend to do with my MOT, definate fail on some F&R bushes so deciding to replace coils and shocks while its all accesable so nil labour costs putting in new springs and shocks

but OIL or GAS Munroe were a likely choice any opinions

car is PH1 3.0 gtv
standard shocks ive been told that the gas ones are better bud
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Gas shocks. Monroe are good, as are KYB. If price is no barrier you could splash out on some Konis
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perfect so its GAS then no worries

as its a PH1 do i need the "lugged" or the "none Lugged" struts i can never remeber which way round it is
Munroe or KYB were my 1st choices
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Presumably the lugs you are talking about are for the anti-roll bar droplink to bolt onto? If so you probably don't need them as its likely your ARB will bolt onto the lower arm instead. But if you get lugged struts its not a problem, they'll still fit.
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sorry lugs i was refering to were being described as the "drop link brackets" see web site

Fiat & Alfa Romeo Parts Specialist.Alfa Romeo GTV Front Shock Absorber (x1)
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Hi mate, I'm looking at those exact same shocks also from the website and they seem to be very well priced which is great cause I is broke but need new shocks for my GTV v6. You said yours is a phase 1, but mine is a phase 2 will those shocks that you have the link to, fit a phase 2. Forgive me but I'm still unsure from the information that you and others have posted above.
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when oil shocks get warm the oil gets thinner thus causing a reduction in damping.. gas shocks do not suffer as much.. real 'go faster' shocks have the oil/gas reservoir fitted remotley to aid cooling..

KYB gas are great...
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had them arive from shop4part, mine have the lugs for the front shocks and from visual inspection they look right,

KYB gas o just on the rear

just waiting for springs then its party time
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Originally Posted by pollars4 View Post
Hi mate, I'm looking at those exact same shocks also from the website and they seem to be very well priced which is great cause I is broke but need new shocks for my GTV v6. You said yours is a phase 1, but mine is a phase 2 will those shocks that you have the link to, fit a phase 2. Forgive me but I'm still unsure from the information that you and others have posted above.
Probably not, on a phase 2 you probably wold use the one with the X over in the link's picture.

To be sure take a peek on your car, if the anti-roll bar uses a droplink like this Fiat & Alfa Romeo Parts Specialist.Alfa Romeo GTV Front Anti Roll Bar Drop Link Kit then you should use Fiat & Alfa Romeo Parts Specialist.Alfa Romeo GTV Front Shock Absorber (x1)
front shock absorber (the one that was a link to in the other post), and if the droplink looks like this Fiat & Alfa Romeo Parts Specialist.Alfa Romeo GTV Front Drop Link (Roll Bar to Shocker) then you should use one of the front shock absorber in my later post.

Hope it helps.

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It is most definitely the second kind of drop-link. So the shock with the green tick in the link above is a non runner. Do I understand then that you are telling me then that the rear shock you have in the last link above will fit the front of my GTV. I have wondered are the front and rear shocks the same on gtv's but on inspection found my rear are FK yellow shocks and blue springs and look completely different in look and design to the front ones which look massive in comparison the springs coil-over the actual shock, The springs themselves being blue in the front also but the shocks black with no brand markings on them. So the last link you have there to GTV rear shock absorber will be suitable for the front end of my gtv? thanks for help.
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V6 owners are hindered by the lack of front shocks available to them as there are not so many manufacturers that do the 3.0

2.0 owners have much more choice options
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It is most definitely the second kind of drop-link. So the shock with the green tick in the link above is a non runner. Do I understand then that you are telling me then that the rear shock you have in the last link above will fit the front of my GTV. I have wondered are the front and rear shocks the same on gtv's but on inspection found my rear are FK yellow shocks and blue springs and look completely different in look and design to the front ones which look massive in comparison the springs coil-over the actual shock, The springs themselves being blue in the front also but the shocks black with no brand markings on them. So the last link you have there to GTV rear shock absorber will be suitable for the front end of my gtv? thanks for help.

Sorry, I confused myself (was in a bit of a hurry) and got some things wrong..., of course rear shock absorbers does not fit in the front, you need to find a shock absorber that fit with this part numbers or an equivalent to them,

ALFA ROMEO
60619643
60653940
60626914

BOGE
32434B

SACHS
170766

MONROE
(E4584)-it seems that the bracket for attachment of droplink is missing on this even though it is listed to fit.

S4873

Gabriel
(G35217)- it seems that the bracket for attachment of droplink is missing on this even though it is listed to fit.

TRW
JGM230T

KYB
334914

That I tried to describe was that you probably need a shock absorber with a bracket to connect the droplink of the anti-roll bar (that shock absorber with an X over in the other link's picture).

Hopefully this is of better help.

Alfastumper have one that should fit, Type 2.
Alfastumper
Around 127 GBP

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Cheers that's great very comprehensive thank you, must have a look for those shocks you have up there. Its easy to find koni or blistein and alfa stock but anything else unfortunately not - story of my life with this car.
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for the front on the 3.0 varient i think thats about it

no monroe or KYB for the 3.0
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