[xj] My Conclusion on New Shock Absorbers (Dampers) 76 XJ12C

Hello All,
As some of you might remember, I have been riding on Monroe Sensa-
Tracs while waiting on my 1980’s older style Koni’s to be rebuilt.
My particular model of Koni’s are not rebuildable so I ordered a
set of Gaz from SNG. My complaint with Monroe’s and KYB’s are
that they are far too stiff and was seeking the original ride
quality Jaguar designed. (I’ve had Koni’s, KYB’s and Woodhead’s on
my XJ6).
I installed the Gaz a couple of days ago and set them on the
softest setting. I hadn’t driven but a few miles when I realized
they needed to be firmer, so I turned the adjustment thumb wheel
three notches firmer and felt an immediate response.
Yesterday I drove out to Longview, Texas (about 2 1/2 hours east of
Dallas) and was very pleased with the control but soft ride. There
were a couple of dips in the road that when I came out of the dip,
I felt the car rose a little too much afterwards so I might set the
rear setting another notch in the more stiff direction.
In conclusion, the Gaz have given me what I wanted - a soft ride,
but in control. For the money, and to have the adjustability so
easily accessed, the Gaz are choice to use.
By the way, on the rear, install the front two shocks with the
thumbwheel forward and for the rear two shocks, have the thumbwheel
facing rearward to ease adjustability. On the fronts, have the
thumbwheel facing the engine.
Highest Regards,–
Charles Rahm, Dallas, Texas
Dallas/Texas, United States
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In reply to a message from crahm sent Wed 20 Jan 2010:

Hi Charles,
Thanks for the information. I recently installed the Monroe
sensa track in the front of my series 3. I’m pretty happy
with them but I’m going to check out the Gaz for the rear 4.
Keep me posted as they settle in. Did you replace the
shocks? If so where did you get them? With new springs I’m
worried the car might sit too high.–
The original message included these comments:

I installed the Gaz a couple of days ago and set them on the


John 1987 XJ6 Arctic Blue/Savile Grey
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In reply to a message from jd1963 sent Wed 20 Jan 2010:

John,
I’ve sent the Monroe’s back to Monroe under their 90 day ‘‘Safe and
Sound Guarantee.’’ (see their website,
www.monroe.com/support/warranty.asp )
They refund my purchase price plus $50/axle for labor.
The rear Monroe’s were very stiff to me - fronts stiff, but maybe
livable.
I did not replace my springs.–
The original message included these comments:

Keep me posted as they settle in. Did you replace the
shocks? If so where did you get them? With new springs I’m
worried the car might sit too high.


Charles Rahm, Dallas, Texas
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In reply to a message from crahm sent Wed 20 Jan 2010:

Charles,

I think I will keep the front Monroe’s but try the Gaz on
the back 4.

Can I just say your Coupe is one of the nicest I’ve seen. It
must be a '76. Didn’t the US models have the chrome body
trim for one year on the 12’s only? My '77 XJ12L didn’t have it.

White and black is pretty rare I think.–
John 1987 XJ6 Arctic Blue/Savile Grey
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In reply to a message from crahm sent Wed 20 Jan 2010:

John,
I’m starting to wonder if some folks have forgotten what a Jaguar
XJ (series I, II & III) are supposed to feel like. I can’t believe
anyone would put up with Monroe’s or KYB’s all the way around.
If I was going to slalom or other race the car, then maybe, but
these cars were made to have a soft but very much in control ride.
The stiffer the shock, the less it feels like independent rear
suspension. I think the adjust-on-the-car design of the Gaz give a
guy the best of both worlds - softer for easy cruising, tighten it
up for slalom day!

Thank you for the compliments of the photos of my car. I should
upload more. The car does need paint and I will remove the black
pinstripe. The interior is excellent, having only a new wood dash
and headliner. The car has 69,000 miles on it.

XJ6DATA.com only has 22 registered XJ12C’s. 1,873 of them were
made and I wonder how many are left? Or how many with the V12 left
in them?–
Charles Rahm, Dallas, Texas
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