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Old 13 Jul 2016, 01:34 pm
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Perhaps a better question would have been, has anybody tried the "super touring" struts?

And, what was your opinion?
If you found the original information about the specific suspension parts what did they say?

Also you **first response is why I posted what I did.

There are dozens of variables that effect **what you are looking for!
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Sure, I get that. I was looking more at an opinion on the product itself.

I don't remember RA having much information on them, but I'll look again.
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Perhaps a better question would have been, has anybody tried the "super touring" struts?

And, what was your opinion?
To help brake the "Sound of Silence", I haven't used those struts but have used Monroe struts on other vehicles and have always been happy with the results.

On the PT, the best thing I ever did to improve the ride was put bigger tires on the back. I put on 215's rather than 205's on the back of my GT and it was noticeably smoother. Even my wife commented on it out of the blue. The low profile ties look cooler but the fatter tires appear to run smoother. If I had kept my GT I would have put 215's all the way around.

Of course, this is just my experience. There's going to be lots of variables that effect ride.
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Sure, I get that. I was looking more at an opinion on the product itself.

I don't remember RA having much information on them, but I'll look again.
Let me at least ask what is RA??

Unfortunately the assumption on forums is that everybody knows every abbreviation and it is not realistically possible.



Every suspension part will affect the other, so the first thing before simply choosing a brand based on opinion is to ascertain the condition of your suspension and chassis.


I have already read some responses that can be highly debatable about the description of the results as well the varying components that may have been chosen to work together.
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Got a PM...... RA = Rock Auto ?????

well frick...who'da known?? not me!

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Yeah, RockAuto.

Thanks Handy, good info!
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I appreciate the info from those who posted. Perhaps they could update on how things have worked out, since I'm asking basically the same question now, but specifically:
My 03 GT seems to be getting harsher in the front, over bumps. The handling seems OK, and it doesn't keep bouncing up and down after a bump. I keep the tires around 32-34 psi, OE size 17" Michelins on the OE chrome GT wheels.
I bought the car used, and don't really know if a PO put some wrong crap on the car. I have replaced the rear shocks, and all the springs look OEM and the ride height is normal.
Would struts specified for the GT be stiffer? I wouldn't mind a plusher ride at the expense of handling, I'm not into autocrossing.
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I appreciate the info from those who posted. Perhaps they could update on how things have worked out, since I'm asking basically the same question now, but specifically:
My 03 GT seems to be getting harsher in the front, over bumps. The handling seems OK, and it doesn't keep bouncing up and down after a bump. I keep the tires around 32-34 psi, OE size 17" Michelins on the OE chrome GT wheels.
I bought the car used, and don't really know if a PO put some wrong crap on the car. I have replaced the rear shocks, and all the springs look OEM and the ride height is normal.
Would struts specified for the GT be stiffer? I wouldn't mind a plusher ride at the expense of handling, I'm not into autocrossing.
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You can go to a dealership and get a report on your vehicle, it's called a Vehicle Information Report. It's similar to a Build Sheet but it has some 3 letter codes (Sales Code) on it. Those codes then correspond to matching codes used in the Parts Catalog. This Sales Code will tell exactly what your PT was built with.

This is from the '03 Parts Catalog:


Your PT could have been originally built with 1 of 3 suspensions, most likely not the EURO as that would have been used on the Export PT's.

There are different springs that were used on the struts, while the strut cartridge is the same:


Using several different auto parts websites and putting in the GT and NA, they all seem to list the same struts regardless of vehicle. They don't list different ones for the GT and NA. So if anyone changed the struts on your PT from what it was built with, and they used what is most common, the Quick-Strut (strut & spring assembly) basically your PT will ride the same as any other PT with after-market struts, since there are not different ones for the GT and NA.

If you wanted to get your PT back to what it was built with, you could get all OEM parts as listed in the parts catalog which would probably be pretty expensive. Or get an after-market strut and then an OEM spring matching the suspension code for your PT.

There were also different springs and shocks used on the rear depending on the suspension type that was installed onto the PT's:



Depending on if someone in the past has changed the shocks on your PT with something after-market, again, the auto parts houses don't list any different shocks depending on the suspension Sales Code, but just something generic that will work on all vehicles.

Buying something OEM would most likely put the vehicle back into the same ride quality that it had when it was built.
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Now, this is interesting...

I think it was about a month or two ago, I asked if anyone knew if there was a difference between spring rates, as I could see that a quick n dirty way to lower the front on the diesel was - in theory anyway - to swap out the strut assemblies for the strut assemblies from a 1.6 (Chrysler pentagon engine - not sure if the 1.6 was sold in the US) which *should in theory* be a fair bit lighter than the 2.2 Merc lump, and so need a different spring rate.

It was a bit tumbleweed for replies - but here Rckstein confirms my logical idea / brainfart that the spring rates DID differ from model to model, rather than being a one size fits all thing as parts sellers make out...

I shall dig deeper....
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You can go to a dealership and get a report on your vehicle, it's called a Vehicle Information Report. It's similar to a Build Sheet but it has some 3 letter codes (Sales Code) on it. Those codes then correspond to matching codes used in the Parts Catalog. This Sales Code will tell exactly what your PT was built with.
Do you know if we can pick these codes up from the VIN report we can get via the Chrysler website..?
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