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Old 10-03-2019, 12:57 PM   #1
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Default Bouncey Car Needs Shocks

My 190A bounces too much according to my back seat driver, so I need to put better shocks on the car or she will not go on any more adventures in our 190A. The car currently has rebuilt original shocks in all four corners.

I am reluctant to drill any holes in the car, especially in the front axle. On the basis of your experience, what modern shock kit do you recommend I buy for my 190A?
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Old 10-03-2019, 01:07 PM   #2
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If you're handy with basic fabrication, you could definitely adapt Ken Davis's shock set so that it clamps to the axle rather than bolting through it – either by making an all-new lower bracket or by modifying the one he provides.
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X2 on what Alex said.

See his thread https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=270370
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Old 10-03-2019, 01:22 PM   #4
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Bratton's sells modern no drill shocks.
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Old 10-03-2019, 01:47 PM   #5
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here is the link to the shocks Curtis is referencing.
https://www.brattons.com/no-drilling...nting-kit.html

or if you just want a set to do the rear.
https://www.brattons.com/no-drilling...nting-kit.html
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Old 10-03-2019, 01:57 PM   #6
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Are your current shocks not able to adjust???
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Old 10-03-2019, 02:37 PM   #7
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Bill Stipe makes great shocks.
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Old 10-03-2019, 03:22 PM   #8
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Bill Stipe makes great shocks.
Love mine! Threw my "modern Tube shocks away.
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Old 10-03-2019, 04:04 PM   #9
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Why not rebuild or replace your stock shocks.

Maybe more money but there are number of really good reasons to stick with what came with the car.

Back in the day, people even than questioned why he (Henry) put that expensive of a shock on the Model A. Enjoy.
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Old 10-03-2019, 04:54 PM   #10
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Have you checked the fluid levels in the shocks?
I pre set mine with long arm and weight like in the service bulletins---
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Old 10-03-2019, 07:02 PM   #11
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I have the same question as Bob. Make sure the shocks are full of the proper fluid and adjust them a bit tighter. Check to see how far out the adjuster is now set and go from there.
My preference is to stay with the rotary shocks.
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Old 10-04-2019, 06:32 AM   #12
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I put a set of Snyder's reproduction lever types on my Tudor, and really like them. I don't like the look of tube shocks on the A.
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:05 AM   #13
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Are the Stipe shocks comparative in price to the ones Snyders and Brattons sell?
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:19 AM   #14
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I am concerned that the clamp-on shock brackets for the front axle will work loose and become a maintenance nuisance.
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Old 10-04-2019, 09:24 AM   #15
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Are the Stipe shocks comparative in price to the ones Snyders and Brattons sell?
They are a little pricier but well worth it.
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Ken Davis, front and back on mine...very happy with them
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Old 10-04-2019, 09:52 AM   #17
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So, with a bouncy car with stipe shocks would you make them tighter or looser to get rid of the bounce?
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Old 10-04-2019, 10:00 AM   #18
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The Stipe shocks come adjusted pretty close to where you want them. Just a little adjustment in or out is needed depending on how your car rides.
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Bob Bidonde.....I purchased my bolt on shocks from Brattons 20 years and many miles ago.
Never a problem, never come loose.
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The Stipe shocks come adjusted pretty close to where you want them. Just a little adjustment in or out is needed depending on how your car rides.
I guess I am going to have to call them to get on a list or something which with my hearing I hate the telephone anymore. Nobody seems to know the actual cost or money down?
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