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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:09 am    Post subject:  rear strut problem Reply with quote

i just bought 2 new rear strut assemblies from amazon warehouse the other day for a good price, only thing is they're both rear right quick strut assemblies. I was under the impression that they would interchange for either side but apparently they don't (I guess) because the bolts are lined up differently on the strut mount. I see there are another set of 3 bolt holes for which i'm guessing are the correct holes for that side of the car. Is there a way i can take out the bolts where they are now and move them to the other set of holes, or are there bolts somewhere I can get for this purpose??
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:14 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I don't believe so. The rear strut mounts are 'sided' if you will and I'm fairly certain you can't move the bolts without compromising the integrity of the mount.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:48 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I don't believe so. The rear strut mounts are 'sided' if you will and I'm fairly certain you can't move the bolts without compromising the integrity of the mount.


i figured as much, but what if i found some replacement bolts to go into the other holes and grind the other 3 bolts down?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:10 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I wouldn't chance it. The bolts are molded into the mount for a reason. If it was as simple as putting a stud in a hole, the rear mounts wouldn't be made as 2 distinct parts.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:31 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I say why not return one and get the right one?

Otherwise, If you can get the proper strength and size (most likely grade 8) studs from the hardware store, I say go for it.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:36 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I say why not return one and get the right one?

Otherwise, If you can get the proper strength and size (most likely grade 8) studs from the hardware store, I say go for it.


because i got these for 48 bucks a piece new, if i return, it costs $20 for return shipping and then the left strut assembly will cost me around 78 dollars.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Just get one new mount and rent a spring compressor. Or a shop would probably swap it out fairly cheap too.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:21 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Just get one new mount and rent a spring compressor. Or a shop would probably swap it out fairly cheap too.


yeah i thought about that too, but wouldn't i need a vise to hold the strut while attempting to use a spring compressor??
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Nope. I used the spring compressors on a loose strut. Just make sure you are careful.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:19 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Nope. I used the spring compressors on a loose strut. Just make sure you are careful.


ok, i just thought that you would need a vise to hold the strut because that top nut usually needed an impact wrench to get it off.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:59 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I would buy the left one, then go to a shop and offer to give them your spare right one if they will install them for you.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:16 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

IffyG wrote:
Nope. I used the spring compressors on a loose strut. Just make sure you are careful.
Well said!!!!! Be careful!!!!!
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