So upon reading this, I reached out to several manufacturers this summer with
queries. I assume there was one factory making them, and they were just sold
with different branding. As no one would confirm this, they simply replied
that they were discontinued.
All is not lost, you can still get the Gabriel Mexican version. They don’t specify
L or R, only front. So I assume the spring cradles and brake hose tabs must
be positioned to work on either side.
You can get them on Ebay from Australia for about $200 each, or Germany
for about $120 each. Amazon has them for about $100 ea, and Zoro has them
for about $55 ea w/Free shipping on $75 orders.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gabriel-Ultra- ... SwXedeqLD~
https://www.ebay.com/itm/MONROE-VORNE-S ... SwMYJfEFmb
https://www.amazon.com/Gabriel-G55749-s ... B000E8UZVW
https://www.zoro.com/gabriel-premium-st ... ifications
You won’t find them on the Gabriel website, you need to go the Mexican site
to view, and use Google translate to read if you are not bilingual. It doesn’t
provide much info, but confirms fitment for ‘front’.
http://www.grcautopartes.com.mx/fichat. ... po=ligeros
I’ve ordered a set to try them out, the price is around what I paid couple years
ago for the KYB’s. I’m sure there’s old stock out there on the KYB’s too that
will pop up, and if you check some remote parts houses they might have them
on the shelf. But beware, they don’t age well and anybody hoarding a set
for several years will be in for a surprise when they open the box to find
their old NOS rods have gone limp.