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Re: Strut by itself or Assembly?
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Posted by Jeremy R. [Email] (more from Jeremy R.) on Mon, 25 Jul 2022 21:27:39 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Strut by itself or Assembly?, Navid S, Mon, 25 Jul 2022 18:24:50
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Those aren't going to be very high quality parts, so personally, I'd stay away from them. At that many miles, you should at the very least replace the strut, strut mount, strut bearing, and the sway bar links. Sachs/Boge was OEM, and they're still decent. Shockingly enough, the Monroe struts are actually pretty good. I've had a set on my Aero for about 5 years now with no complaints. I used OEM SKF bearings, Monroe strut mounts, and OEM sway bar links, but only because I found a new set on eBay pretty cheap. Otherwise, any number of aftermarket sway bar links should be at least as good as the OEM ones. Unbolting the sway bar link from the strut is by far the worst part of the job. In my experience, that's the nut that welds itself to the stud. The two large bolts that hold the strut to the steering knuckle shouldn't be all that hard to remove, and the three bolts that hold the strut to the body will either break or come out. If they break, get some new ones since you'll be replacing the mounts anyway. Check your sway bar to see how the ball joint is held still while loosening the nut. Some require a thin wrench on the backside (a bicycle cone wrench works well), and some have a recess for a hex key in the stud. If your sway bar links have all metal lock nuts, get ready for a battle. If they're nylon lock nuts, they should be considerably easier to loosen.

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