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02-07-2002, 11:40 PM
Mike, thanks for checking into those shocks for us.
I called KYB at (630)620-5555, and the tech guy said although no.KG5407 is obsolete, they have an almost identical shock, no.KG5488, that will work simply by cutting the sleeves a little shorter (to 35mm vs. 43mm).
The only other difference is they're slightly shorter (3mm shorter in compression, 10mm shorter in extension) than the 5407's. They assured me this was not a problem.
I exchanged my (wrong) shocks for the 5488's and will be installing them on Taco this weekend.
BTW, the correct number for the rears is KG5415. --- TV

02-08-2002, 09:07 PM
Got the shocks today... NOS in the faded original boxes...Funny how they use small sash cord to hold them closed...They are out of the rear ones at this time but will contact me when they get some...

" Passion Pit II "

solid side 65
02-08-2002, 09:23 PM
I have been using KG5416's for many years, don't know what the difference is between a 5415. I agree the stock fronts are KG5407. I have been running KG5441's on my lowered front end, especially when I had the dropped axle. The 5407's bottomed out, before the bump stops. Had to change the bolt sleeves on the 5441's then they bolted right up. Works real fine and lasts a long time.

02-10-2002, 11:17 PM
Yeah, they do cut it kinda close on the 5407's, I'm glad the `88's are a little shorter.
As far as the diff between the 15's and 16's, I'll call KYB and find out. The book called for the 15's???
Thanks for the additional info. --- TV

02-12-2002, 11:15 PM
The 5416's are correct for the rear.
The book calls for 5419 rears for the `67-`70, but I wouldn't recommend them because they're too long... might bottom out (I measured). --- TV

02-12-2002, 11:30 PM
BTW, when installing the fronts, you can expect some interference on the top... use a big crescent wrench to bend about 1/2" of the receiver out about 45 degrees (the corners will tear a little bit when doing this), enough so that the bottom of the shock can swing all the way over to the backing plate without binding. --- TV

02-13-2002, 08:15 PM
Thanks for the tip.
It was definitly tight up in there as the shocks i pulled were the original Delco spiral ones.
Sounds like you KYB guys are sold on their product. Can`t wait to see the difference in ride as anything should help !!!


" Passion Pit II "

solid side 65
02-14-2002, 10:09 PM
No top clearance issues or mods needed for the 5407's or 5441's. Wonder if the top mount to dust cover dimensions are different for the 5488's?

greyfoxmc: I've used Koni, Rancho, Monroe, Gabriel (heard they make Rancho) Bilstein and KYB shocks on different stuff I've owned. KYB is a good value for the $ IMO for a high pressure gas shock. Installed KYB products on other rides besides the van. Bilstein is my favorite so far.

02-15-2002, 12:10 AM
I had to do the same clearance mod for the 5407's on my `65. Dust cover is identical on the 5488. Maybe your bolt holes were lower??
Speaking of Gabriel, do they still make Hijackers? --- TV

chevy van 5150
02-15-2002, 09:50 AM
You can get Hijackers at Pep Boys for around $60.00. I'm was thinking the same thing.