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New PRC shocks and struts today!
Jeff K Offline
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After getting the 88 TC out after its winter hibernation, I noticed the ride being pretty bouncy compared to when it was put into winter storage in the garage mid November.  

Back in 2003, a guy posted on TF that he worked at a Ford dealer as a parts guy, and he found a complete new in the boxes set of PRC shocks and struts. He asked his boss what to do with them. Boss told him to try to sell the set for $500.  I was looking at TF when he posted about the PRC shocks and struts, and within 30 seconds of the post appearing, I called him and bought them.  They have been sitting in my basement ever since.  Every 3 months, I got them out and "exercised" them by running them thru full compression several times, rotating the soft / firm tang, etc. 

Today was a beautiful 60 deg F day here in SE WI, so I decided it was time to install my "new" NOS PRC shocks/struts.  Took me the most of the day to do it. Only went for a short drive, as I was tired and a little sore, but my initial impression is the TC hasnt handled this good in the 21 years I have owned it.  I cant wait to go for a long drive out on the country roads for a real road test! 

Old PRC shocks / struts were mostly shot, except the driver side front strut, which seemed only slightly worse than the new struts when compressing / extending them by hand in both soft and firm mode.  I kept that one, and the other strut and both rear shocks (really bad compared to the new ones) went in the trash.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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Kuch Offline
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Jeff, that is some awesome dedication to maintaining NOS parts for future use. Honestly, as I was reading this, I was expecting your final result to be that they were all soft and bouncy like your old ones! But, I am glad to hear that they worked out great for you, enjoy the ride!
1988 Turbo Coupe, Black/Black, 5 Speed, Moonroof,  T3/T4 50 trim, ported E6, 255LPH, Kirban, 3" DP dual 2.5" w Hooker Maxflows, MGW shifter, K&N, Gillis valve, RR cam, Koni's
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 6V, Big Solid cam, Headers,3.89's, 4 Speed, Vast and fast
1960 Ford Starliner, 292 Y Block, 312 4bbl intake, headers, 3 Speed, slow and low
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