Shock Recommendation for 95' Safari Conversion Van

Shock Recommendation for 95' Safari Conversion Van

Postby theinsidiousgeek [OP] » May 19th 2016, 8:43am

Hey guys I have a 1995 GMC Safari Conversion Van that its rear shocks have collapsed on. What would be the best recommended replacement shocks for it? Only reason I am asking is that I live in New Zealand so parts are basically impossible to buy here so I will have to buy replacement ones from America.

Any ideas will be greatly appreciated. Cheers
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Re: Shock Recommendation for 95' Safari Conversion Van

Postby timothy47130 » May 19th 2016, 11:56am

Its all personal preference. Some like Gabriel some like Monroe. Just don't use the cheapest line either one has. Expects to pay around $100 for the rear and aroung $80 for the front. Generally the Monroe shocks ride a little firmer which means a little stiffer more controlled ride. If you are looking for a little softer ride Gabriel shocks are the way to go. Or A lot of people have also used a load adjusting type shock for a little extra boost when the van is loaded down. http://www.amazon.com/Monroe-58598-Sensa-Trac-Adjusting-Absorber/dp/B000C55MOC



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Re: Shock Recommendation for 95' Safari Conversion Van

Postby timothy47130 » May 19th 2016, 12:02pm

It seems the link i posted isn't working on the site. The part number for the Monroe load adjusting shocks is 58598. They are $86.27 + $55.82 Shipping & Import Fees Deposit to New Zealand on www.amazon.com
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5.7 Vortec swap on the way
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Re: Shock Recommendation for 95' Safari Conversion Van

Postby Coaster » May 19th 2016, 2:57pm

^^i have those in my 95. the rears work well, the fronts are still bouncy although that may be my crummy tires up front. very loose sidewalls there.

before i installed those the rear springs would throw and toss items around in my van over small bumps. not kidding.
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Re: Shock Recommendation for 95' Safari Conversion Van

Postby Big_kid » May 19th 2016, 7:52pm

I installed air shocks in mine. I've been happy with them, they've been in for 6 or 7 years now. They helped some with the spongy ride it had, but moving to a light truck tire really took care of that. Some love air shocks, some hate them, some love to hate them. I find them useful for keeping it level when I tow my camper.
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Re: Shock Recommendation for 95' Safari Conversion Van

Postby timothy47130 » May 19th 2016, 9:08pm

Big_kid wrote:I installed air shocks in mine. I've been happy with them, they've been in for 6 or 7 years now. They helped some with the spongy ride it had, but moving to a light truck tire really took care of that. Some love air shocks, some hate them, some love to hate them. I find them useful for keeping it level when I tow my camper.



Everybody says air shocks suck because when you make a turn the air in the side that compresses transfers to the opposite side and makes it stiff. If you where to leave each side on a separate fill line by not using a Tee that should solve the problem.


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5.7 Vortec swap on the way
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