View Full Version : TR6 TR6 FRONT SHOCKS?

05-26-2006, 07:16 AM
In your opion, what are the best front shocks for a 71 TR6? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grouphug.gif

05-26-2006, 07:30 AM
I put KYB's on the front of mine. They are the best cheap performance shock on the market IMO, I've run them on all my Mustangs and such, they perform far better than their price would indicate. They aren't quite as good as something like Koni, if you've got money to spend then something like that might be a better option. But if you're on a budget or just don't want to spend alot KYB's are a good choice. Also, you won't find a part number for KYB's for a TR6, you have to call them and tell them thats what it's for. The shock you get will actually be for a Mustang II, and you'll need to trim the bottom mount bolt tube down a bit since the Mustang uses a longer bolt. If you're interested let me know and I can dig up my receipt with the part #.

05-26-2006, 07:58 AM
When you order front shocks from TRF, what you will get will be adequate shocks made in India. They're ok I guess. I now have Koni's on the front and Spax on the rear.


05-26-2006, 08:00 AM
I would appreciate your effort in looking up that KYB number. I got the tube shocks on the back but need to replace the front shocks as they are the OE with 82k miles and 32 years of service.

05-26-2006, 08:12 AM
if you could find that part # for the KYB's, that would be great!

do the Koni's need to be modified also?
thanks so much!

05-26-2006, 08:33 AM

I have Koni's also they installed with no modifications. I'm using Spax in the rear. I bought mine from Tire Rack for a huge discount from the big three parts houses. I'll try to look up the part number for you.

05-26-2006, 08:50 AM
If you're interested in koni, give Tire Rack a call. Ask for Koni part number: 80-1784. They won't list our cars, they're too old, but they can get the shocks.

05-26-2006, 09:00 AM
I will look up the KYB part number when I get home later tonight, it's somewhere in the Manhattan phone book sized folder of receipts I've got for this car. I contacted KYB directly to get the specs on the shock size and the part number, but order them from PST.

Performance Suspension Technology (https://www.p-s-t.com/)

Makes sense the Konis are drop in, since they are made specifically for the TR6. As I said, the KYB's are made for a Mustang II and require a slight bit of mounting point alteration to fit. Just measure the length of the bottom bolt tube on your existing shock and trim each side of the new one with a hacksaw or cutoff wheel to match.

05-26-2006, 09:05 AM
great info thanx!

ballpark figure for the Koni's and for the KYB's??

05-26-2006, 10:18 AM
My KYB also fit with no modification, they came from British Parts Northwest, Im sure it is the same as KYB from other British suppliers, sorry cant get to the number. I am going to change to spax shocks I have found the KYBs too stiff. My KYBs will be for sale when I get them off within the next month, they have 500 miles on them (like new). They sell new at BPNW for $42, will sell both for $50+shipp.

05-26-2006, 10:23 AM
are the Spax that much better?

what would be the difference between Spax and Koni's?

05-26-2006, 10:30 AM
The Spax have a variable adjustment and you can dial them in to your prefrence and they have always been known to be a very good shock but they cost twice as much. The KYBs are a good shock but non adjustable.

05-26-2006, 11:20 AM
koni's have the best internals and are adjustable but you have to take them out to adjust.spax are externally adjustable but (as i have heard) not quite as good as koni's. koni's last longer. there are also avo shocks from britain. these are externally adjustable and used by revington tr. said to be better than spax and can order direct from avo for about 45 british pounds.

05-26-2006, 02:43 PM

Koni shocks are also rebuildable, altgough the cost isn't a great deal less than buying new.


05-26-2006, 02:45 PM
I think im going to go with the Koni's
Ill have to order them.
who is the best distibutor for this item?

05-26-2006, 03:06 PM
I'd suggest watching for a sale at TRF, British Parts Northwest, or check some of the big discounters like www.summitracing.com (https://www.summitracing.com)


05-26-2006, 07:13 PM
Well, I found my receipt, I got the KYB's from PST as I thought. Unbelievable, the stupid receipt does not list the part number, sorry. However, I checked their website and the part number for a gas-a-just front shock for a 74-78 Mustang II is KG4511, which sounds familiar to me. Best to call KYB directly yourself and confirm that that shock # will also fit a TR6. Like I said, they knew what I was talking about when I asked so they should be able to confirm it. Funny, this is also the same shock as for a Pinto.

KYB catalog (https://www.kyb.com/catalog/index.php?Action=Submit&MakeID=Ford&ModelID=241&x= 57&y=15)

Allan, you say you ordered KYB's from BPNW and they fit without modification, you are talking about rear shocks right? Like for the tube shock conversion? Thats the only KYB they list on their site for a TR6, as part of the conversion kit. That fit because it's some other model shock that happens to work with the conversion, it's not made specifically for the TR6.

05-26-2006, 09:40 PM
I have the rear conversion with KYB and the front KYB both from British Parts Northwest. Their Front KYBs are listed as heavy duty gas shock--they are the KYBs-if you enlarge the picture you can see the KYB sticker.--------Considering the price for Konis I think they are an overkill for most, unless you are doing alot of racing, but they are the best.

05-26-2006, 11:23 PM
I've also got KYB's on all four corners. When I installed the fronts there were no modifications needed. Bolted right in. Bought them through BPNW as well. I really like the performance of the KYB's. Of course I am also using them with shorter springs that have a higher rate as well.


05-27-2006, 07:01 AM
Do you have a KYB part number for the front shocks?

05-27-2006, 09:36 AM
Do you have a KYB part number for the front shocks?

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Not a KYB part number. They came from BPNW. Quite a few years ago now. Sorry.


05-27-2006, 09:59 AM
My Koni's on the front are holding up well, the Spax on the rear already need to be tightened up. Thank goodness that can be accomplished with a long, thin screwdriver from the back.
I have a brand new set of KYB's that came with my BPNW tube shock conversion kit. I drove them around the block and determined that the KYB shock was too harsh for my candy butt. If someone wants a brand new set of KYB's, their yours for the rear conversion, they are yours for the asking. Just send a pm. Shocks are free, postage should be about $8.


05-27-2006, 10:34 AM
I saw BPNW's ad in the Hemmings for SPAX front shocks at $31 ( that's the non gas SPAX) and $41 for the gas Spax. He did not list KYB's. I have nothing against either shocks, with my limited driving lowest price quality shock is what I am after. Do you know what the KYB's sell for when on special? With Michelin X 185X15 tires, gas shock is just a surprise emission. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif

05-27-2006, 08:59 PM
It must be a misprint or misread, You cant hardly find any Spax for less than $90 each (gas adjustable). BPNW sells their KYBs for $41 and the Spax for $90 (front or back) and it is hard to beat BPNW on theese prices. Ive never seen non gas-non adjustable Spax for a tr6?.--------Michelin tires and suprise emission,-- Huh??

05-27-2006, 11:11 PM
I bet you are correct. I went back to the June Hemmings Triumph parts ad and saw the SPAX in the oval logo with the next line stating: Front Shocks STD (GAS $41.00) $31.00 I may be guilty of being snookered with the marketing hype.

Now that I have re-read the ad it does not say WHAT brand the shocks are!