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Oh look- Another Strut thread

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject:  Oh look- Another Strut thread Reply with quote

OK- so I need to replace the struts on all four corners. Where do I go? GR-2's have peaked my interest but not mandatory. This is my wife's daily driver and "stock" would be the way she wants to keep it.
On tirerack do I "need" the boot?
Or is the "assembly" woth the extra dough?
http://www.tirerack.com/suspen.....toModClar=

What about rear?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

GR2s are the only respectable strut available for these cars. You won't need the boots if you intend to tear down the old struts and reuse the rubber components. I personally wouldn't spend money on the assemblies unless I had no time to tear things down and reuse the old components. That being said, if you choose to get the struts on their own, you will also need to get new strut mounts for each corner as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:47 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Well,
she hears a "squeeky" bushing in the rear. Since I'd be doing it then might as well do all of it. Do the assemblies look better knowing that I need to replace the full component? I'm not against tearing them apart myself. I've replaced my timing belt on my Xterra so a little suspension work will not be that difficult other than the salt in NE Ohio.

I suppose I am asking what is more worth my time, buying everything disassembled and putting them together or peicing them together?
I'm not opposed to spending an extra 50 for pre assembled.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You need a good set of spring compressors to take apart and reinstall the struts from the springs. I dont trust the cheap auto parts store ones.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:29 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I was eyeing this unit-thoughts?
http://www.harborfreight.com/s.....43753.html
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:06 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I wouldn't trust a tool from harbor freight. You could borrow a decent enough spring compressor from Adavance Auto or Autozone. After you return the tool and get your deposit back, it won't cost you anything. Just follow the directions that come with the tool and try to stay clear of of the spring as much as possible and you should be good.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

mine need replaced have for a while now and I had figured on getting the AGX with probably Vogtland springs, but my new girlfriend has redefined my definition of the middle of nowhere. she lives down a few gravel roads and at the end of a dirt road. Due to these circumstances I'm reluctant to lower my car any. My question is, what would anyone recommend for a good allpurpose replacement. I"m thinking the GR2's and keeping the LS springs, but i'm open to suggestions
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:47 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I prefer to keep the OE springs if at all possible and I like Monroe Sensatracs but GR-2's are all right. Well I prefer the OE strut but they are 2-3x as much. You will usually need to replace the strut mounts by the time the struts have worn out.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:29 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Killr68 wrote:
mine need replaced have for a while now and I had figured on getting the AGX with probably Vogtland springs, but my new girlfriend has redefined my definition of the middle of nowhere. she lives down a few gravel roads and at the end of a dirt road. Due to these circumstances I'm reluctant to lower my car any. My question is, what would anyone recommend for a good allpurpose replacement. I"m thinking the GR2's and keeping the LS springs, but i'm open to suggestions


Why not do the agx struts on stock springs? That's what i'm running.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I agree with Scott. If I didn't go with the Vogtlands, I would have run AGXs on the stock springs. PBSS ran that set up as well and was pretty happy with it.

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