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Here's what the NAPA/Monroe Shock and Struts Catalog has to say about the Sensa-Trac struts:

Riviera: 1986-89 71800 F 71801 R

1990-91 71854 F 71801 R

Reatta: 1988 71800 F 71966 R

1989-91 71854 F 71966 R

F is Front R is Rear

For wondering minds, the oddball 1988 Reatta front strut is Type B2, 10-3/4" body length, 17-3/4" extended lengh.

The later Reatta front strut is Type B5, 14" body length, 17-7/8" extended length.

The B2 looks like it has a larger spring seat than the B5.

The Riviera has totally different rear struts due to the Riviera using rear air struts.

The 71800, 71801 is also used on Allante, Eldorado, Seville, and Toronado.

The 71966 is also used on the Allante.

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The Monroe strut numbers only serve two purposes:

Shows what year Buicks and what Car models use the same part.

Allows ordering of Monroe struts by part number.

The Monroe part numbers have nothing to do with other manufacturer strut parts numbers and nothing to do with eBay.

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I just had new struts put in my 1990 at Pep Boys for a total price of $262.00 for everything. Great price, the closest quote patrickhagen@mn.rr.com <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />to that was $459.00 at another very good local (Minneapolis) shop. Problem is the car now rides like an 1980s camaro u[p front. The struts that were installed are gabril Pro Rider Premium gas Struts. Am I missing something or are they. Would going OEM be a solution. My car only has 50,000 miles on it and I want that PREMIUM RIDE that I have always had back. They will replace the struts for the difference in the cost of the OEM parts.

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  • 18 years later...

I'm new to forum, I'm looking for alternative for my 89 rear struts,  the monroe 71966 are not available, any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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You can substitute using the rear struts for a Riviera, Toronado, Seville, and Eldorado. 

They all have self leveling... the Reatta does not. 

You can cap the air lines or hook them up but only charge them with 5 psi.

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I think I found a solution,  I posted to other reatta owners forms. I think most people are on multiple forums. Please share and save a reatta!!!

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6 minutes ago, 1989 said:

I think I found a solution, 

I'm a little dense sometimes. I fail to see the solution to the rear struts here or on ROJ. Could you provide more details please?

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Sorry for confusion Ronnie, not solution but a idea of a solution,  more of us sharing info of success and failures of the basics the better off we are. I started in this forum and you said we are all in same boat. Very true words!! 

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No more true words said!!! This car is very important to my family.  I just want to share information...if people want more technical info it is out there!!

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Could the Riviera air struts be used by plumbing them up with a valve like the old air shocks or hooking them to a 12v compressor like in some of the air bag kits?

 

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4 minutes ago, nmhenry said:

Could the Riviera air struts be used by plumbing them up with a valve like the old air shocks or hooking them to a 12v compressor like in some of the air bag kits?

 

They could be used but they are discontinued as well.

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On 6/18/2022 at 8:22 PM, nmhenry said:

Could the Riviera air struts be used by plumbing them up with a valve like the old air shocks or hooking them to a 12v compressor like in some of the air bag kits?

 

No need to add anything to use them.

But good luck finding them.

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I just happen to have a set complete with all the mounting stuff, I had these on my silver reatta for about 1 week when it got wrecked. They are like new.

I will take the highest offer if any body wants them, plus shipping or pick-up in Lovettsville Va. They are heavy and I am open to ways of shipping. I also have a pile of other parts my wife says  they got to go.

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On 6/25/2022 at 12:59 PM, Zoltanb2 said:

I just happen to have a set complete with all the mounting stuff, I had these on my silver reatta for about 1 week when it got wrecked. They are like new.

I will take the highest offer if any body wants them, plus shipping or pick-up in Lovettsville Va. They are heavy and I am open to ways of shipping. I also have a pile of other parts my wife says  they got to go.

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Howdy i would be interested if possible to buy

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