Gabriel Load Carrier shocks - 1972 Electra

Discussion in 'The whoa and the sway.' started by Electra Bob, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. Electra Bob

    Electra Bob Well-Known Member

    When I first got the Electra, cornering at anything over 5 mph was a terrifying experience! You would swear it was going to flop on its side.

    So one of my first jobs was to replace the worn out shocks with an inexpensive set of KYB Gas-A-Just shocks. They sure firmed up the ride and the Electra cornered like a sporty car. However, the ride was just a little too jarring on anything but the best surface.

    I recently replaced the KYBs with Gabriel Load Carrier shocks from Summit. $165 for all four corners.

    The ride is way more comfortable without being too wallowy and it still corners without drama. The new shocks incorporate a spring and that brought the ride height up maybe an inch in the rear. This appears to have corrected the steering geometry somewhat because the steering is now a lot less twitchy.

    Brought the Electra to work today and it was a much more pleasant ride along the crappy road surface on my rural commute. It no longer felt, or sounded, like every piece of trim was going to fall off on the rougher sections :)


    Load Carrier vs KYB
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  2. RoseBud68

    RoseBud68 Well-Known Member

    Are the rear shocks adjustable?
  3. Electra Bob

    Electra Bob Well-Known Member

    No adjustment on these shocks but the additional spring brought the rear back up to stock ride height. Made no change at the front.

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  4. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

    I had a '65 Chevy II SS, 6 auto, powerglide. In order to install larger tires from 195x14" front and rear, to 735 on front and 775, we purchased springs that installed over the shocks and were locked in place with a ring collar that had set screws to hold the spring in place. Of course to secure the collars, the set screws would make indentations on the shock.
  5. magic marouke

    magic marouke Well-Known Member

    Bob , did you have the optional air leveling ride ?
  6. Electra Bob

    Electra Bob Well-Known Member

    No - just standard suspension.

    Drove the Electra to work again today and the ride is much improved over the KYB shocks.
  7. magic marouke

    magic marouke Well-Known Member

    good to know and that's not a bad price either
  8. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    Gabriel makes decent shocks, I had a set of those on the front of my 75 Electra, worked good:cool:

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