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Old 03-17-2005, 00:18   #1 (permalink)
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Shock/Struts

Before I install lowering springs w/CC plates, would it be worth while to
replace shock and struts as well?

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Old 03-17-2005, 00:18   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Shock/Struts

Jeff wrote:
> Before I install lowering springs w/CC plates, would it be worth while to
> replace shock and struts as well?


With an '01... you'll need to change them within the next year or so
anyway, so I would, as a "while you've got it all apart". You'll spend
a little more now, but save overall. Yep. Good idea.



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Old 03-17-2005, 00:19   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Shock/Struts

On Tue, 08 Mar 2005 22:01:15 +0000, Wound Up wrote:

> Jeff wrote:
>> Before I install lowering springs w/CC plates, would it be worth while to
>> replace shock and struts as well?

>
> With an '01... you'll need to change them within the next year or so
> anyway, so I would, as a "while you've got it all apart". You'll spend
> a little more now, but save overall. Yep. Good idea.


Damn, more research ;-)

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Old 03-17-2005, 00:19   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Shock/Struts

Jeff wrote:
> On Tue, 08 Mar 2005 22:01:15 +0000, Wound Up wrote:
>
>
>>Jeff wrote:
>>
>>>Before I install lowering springs w/CC plates, would it be worth while to
>>>replace shock and struts as well?

>>
>>With an '01... you'll need to change them within the next year or so
>>anyway, so I would, as a "while you've got it all apart". You'll spend
>>a little more now, but save overall. Yep. Good idea.

>
>
> Damn, more research ;-)
>
> Thanks.


There is a specific type of spring compressor for used for McPherson
struts. Be sure to use that kind, and take your time. You can rent them.



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Old 03-17-2005, 00:19   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Shock/Struts

In article <422E5028.4080101@your.disposal>, Wound Up wrote:

> There is a specific type of spring compressor for used for McPherson
> struts. Be sure to use that kind, and take your time. You can rent them.


SN95 mustangs have the strut separate from the spring. There is no need
for that tool.


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Old 03-17-2005, 00:19   #6 (permalink)
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Brent P wrote:
> In article <422E5028.4080101@your.disposal>, Wound Up wrote:
>
>
>>There is a specific type of spring compressor for used for McPherson
>>struts. Be sure to use that kind, and take your time. You can rent them.

>
>
> SN95 mustangs have the strut separate from the spring. There is no need
> for that tool.


Ah, thanks for the clarification. I assumed, bad thing.



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Old 03-17-2005, 00:19   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Shock/Struts

On Wed, 09 Mar 2005 12:13:01 -0600, Brent P wrote:

> In article <422E5028.4080101@your.disposal>, Wound Up wrote:
>
>> There is a specific type of spring compressor for used for McPherson
>> struts. Be sure to use that kind, and take your time. You can rent them.

>
> SN95 mustangs have the strut separate from the spring. There is no need
> for that tool.


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Old 03-17-2005, 00:22   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Shock/Struts

On Wed, 09 Mar 2005 01:23:51 GMT, Wound Up <none@your.disposal> wrote:

>Jeff wrote:
>> On Tue, 08 Mar 2005 22:01:15 +0000, Wound Up wrote:
>>
>>
>>>Jeff wrote:
>>>
>>>>Before I install lowering springs w/CC plates, would it be worth while to
>>>>replace shock and struts as well?
>>>
>>>With an '01... you'll need to change them within the next year or so
>>>anyway, so I would, as a "while you've got it all apart". You'll spend
>>>a little more now, but save overall. Yep. Good idea.

>>
>>
>> Damn, more research ;-)
>>
>> Thanks.

>
>There is a specific type of spring compressor for used for McPherson
>struts. Be sure to use that kind, and take your time. You can rent them.


Not needed. There is no pressure on the strut. It comes out very
easily.
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Old 03-17-2005, 00:22   #9 (permalink)
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Rein wrote:
> On Wed, 09 Mar 2005 01:23:51 GMT, Wound Up <none@your.disposal> wrote:
>
>
>>Jeff wrote:
>>
>>>On Tue, 08 Mar 2005 22:01:15 +0000, Wound Up wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>Jeff wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>Before I install lowering springs w/CC plates, would it be worth while to
>>>>>replace shock and struts as well?
>>>>
>>>>With an '01... you'll need to change them within the next year or so
>>>>anyway, so I would, as a "while you've got it all apart". You'll spend
>>>>a little more now, but save overall. Yep. Good idea.
>>>
>>>
>>>Damn, more research ;-)
>>>
>>>Thanks.

>>
>>There is a specific type of spring compressor for used for McPherson
>>struts. Be sure to use that kind, and take your time. You can rent them.

>
>
> Not needed. There is no pressure on the strut. It comes out very
> easily.
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Yeah, sorry Brent P., for any inconvenience this incorrect assumption of
mine may have caused. It's still a good idea to swap them out at this
point, though.....

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Old 03-17-2005, 00:22   #10 (permalink)
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In article <42312551.7040201@your.disposal>, Wound Up wrote:
>> Not needed. There is no pressure on the strut. It comes out very
>> easily.


> Yeah, sorry Brent P., for any inconvenience this incorrect assumption of
> mine may have caused. It's still a good idea to swap them out at this
> point, though.....


Not me, the OP... I just posted the correction ;). I've changed the
struts and shocks over to bilstiens in my '97 years ago and changed em
over on my dad's 99 just a couple months ago.

The only hard part is the top nut on the stock front struts. I was able
to break them loose on the car with mine using an impact wrench. On my
dad's I had to undo the three small bolts and take it out as an assembly,
put the strut shaft in a big vice and then use the impact. Those struts
were much more worn than those I took out of my car.


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