Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New Zealand
Ok, can I just reiterate that in my experience of Monroe Reflex shocks on a number of Italian car fitments (but not the GTV/Spider) the Reflex shocks are very similar to original fitment - they are not a stiff high-performance shock - I have found they work best with standard springs, and incidentally they are made in Belgium, probably at a factory that was bought out by Monroe.
Therefore I still stand by my suggestion to either have a full set of Monroe shocks and standard springs (cheaper), or a full set of KYB shocks (stiffer) - but not a mix of the two.
At the moment I think the rear shocks are probably stiffer than the front (your bounce test says the same) and the fact they are Reflex rather than GT Gas (the Monroe 'stiffer' version) just reinforces that for me.
Meanwhile, I run Konis/Eibachs in my 156, expensive but well-matched (the Konis are non-adjustable and quite a lot stiffer than standard shocks, and so are the springs, yet the ride is a bit less stumbling than the oversprung/underdamped original.
The thread is interesting and thought-provoking and I hope leads to an informed decision with great satisfaction and relief...
'00 GTV V6, '08 FIAT 500, shell and parts for a '71 FIAT 850 Coupe
Last edited by alexGS; 08-08-11 at 05:53.