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Russ3747
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posted 12-30-2004 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ3747   Click Here to Email Russ3747     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey I have an 89 LX 5.0 5 speed, hatchback. My Passenger side Strut is "wet" or leaking oil. I want to replace these with adjustible struts, I think My car is mostly stock I live in Raleigh and the Roads are horrible so a soft ride in the city and a stiff ride for the curves out in the country sounds really nice.

what brand struts should I get? I want some that are cheap and will work well with my car. If i get a how hard are these to change? can i do it my self? I know I will have to get it alined afterwards. Are there any special tools needed?

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posted 12-30-2004 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KYB

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posted 12-30-2004 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ3747   Click Here to Email Russ3747     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
do you mean the KYB AGX? would I need the rear shocks also? I have put on rear shocks, but never struts are there instructions some where?

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posted 12-30-2004 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You do not need to replace the rears if they are good.
You will need some specialized tools to install the new struts.
Also, an alignment might be required.

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Alex Denysenko
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posted 12-30-2004 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ3747   Click Here to Email Russ3747     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
what are the special tools that I will need? is it worth doing my self? or should I pay someone to do it for me?

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posted 12-30-2004 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Minimally you will need a coil spring compressor and an impact tool, along with a good jack.
Some parts stores will rent or loan you the compressor if you purchase the struts from them.

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Alex Denysenko
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Quote #2: "Make sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth!"
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posted 01-11-2005 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ3747   Click Here to Email Russ3747     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
where is the cheapest place to buy them, i have seen the price range online from $350-$600 for the set. Has anyone seen them cheaper?

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posted 02-25-2005 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ3747   Click Here to Email Russ3747     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got the shocks and struts installed, my dad took the car to get it lined up, it was pulling real bad but thats been taken care of, the guy said the rack it worn out? I have not driven it yet so that is what my dad said. What should I look for to know if the rack needs to be replaced? how hard are they to replace?

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