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Old 05-05-2012, 02:22 PM   #1
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OK, i've got the wheel bearing replaced, all is ok on that.

The voc school instructor tells me the the front tire wear may be caused by worn springs and struts and advised me to replace those before i get tires and an alignment. He said the front end of the car is sitting lower than it should and the ride is uncomfortable to say the least.

I agree with him and plan to change the struts myself useing quick struts.
I searched online for lower priced quick struts and found names like; Prime Choice, Alliance Auto, Dearborn Axel and MAC. They all had Quick Struts for $150.00 + or - $15.00 a pair. Any suggestions??

Are these any good?? And should the bolt hole be slotted to adjust for camber??

Once again thanks for any help.

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Old 05-05-2012, 03:00 PM   #2
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Lower bolt hole in strut must be slotted or you will be having the camber bolt issue. Raybestos is selling a quick strut, and there is some kind of rebate deal. 93.00 ea at RockAuto.

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Old 05-05-2012, 04:21 PM   #3
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Lower bolt hole in strut must be slotted or you will be having the camber bolt issue. Raybestos is selling a quick strut, and there is some kind of rebate deal. 93.00 ea at RockAuto.
Yep, I just put 4 of the Raybestos Quick Struts on my 96 SL2. No problems so far!

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Old 05-05-2012, 09:25 PM   #4
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I'm happy with my Raybestos parts. In a sea of good sounding brand names, theirs is kind of the scary. Given a choice on rockauto parts, I choose the Raybestos ones. Things tend to be painted and last a little longer before rusting.

Taking a shock assembly with spring compressors isn't a big deal. If the whole enchalada is worn out, it's a better value to go with the quick strut.

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Old 05-05-2012, 10:11 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info on the Rockauto rebate and info on the Raybestos quick struts.

I'm told my front shocks and springs are really bad (and i feel it), so i'm going to order online some brand of quick struts next week, maybe the Raybestos. I've seen others online for as little as $129.99 for a front pair with a lifetime guarantee. I'm tempted. As OldNuc says be sure the lower strut bolt hole is slotted for camber adjustment.

With my 2000 SL with now 118,000 miles (i bought it 3 yrs ago at about 100,00 miles), it seems to have been one problem after another. It's a good thing i'm retired because i would have been without a car many days.

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Old 05-05-2012, 11:03 PM   #6
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I would only buy a name brand suspension part and run away form low cost parts that are markedly below name brand prices. These things are supposed to last for 75,000+ miles or so and the cheap ones will be finished before 40,000 miles. The shock cartridge is what dies early in the cheap ones.

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Old 05-06-2012, 11:03 AM   #7
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Are the Raybestos pre-slotted for camber? Just want to be sure - may pick some up while they are on rebate.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:48 AM   #8
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Do not know but velleguy73 might. The vast majority of replacement strut cartridges and assemblies are indeed slotted though.

It is hard to believe that they would not be slotted.

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Old 05-06-2012, 05:21 PM   #9
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Are the Raybestos pre-slotted for camber? Just want to be sure - may pick some up while they are on rebate.
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Yes they are.

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Default Re: Quick Struts

There are some off-brand ones on ebay for insanley cheap ($130 for a pair of fronts) but they could be pieces of junk. I would like to hear from someone who has tried them

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Old 05-07-2012, 08:51 PM   #11
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Cheap, off brand = not a good idea for long time service in most cases.

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Old 05-09-2012, 04:22 PM   #12
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This morning i went up to my favorite JY just in case they had a S series with fairly new struts. For a moment i thought i found an almost brand new pair, but it turned out the 99 Saturn they were on was a V6 model (engine gone) and the struts were different. Too bad, i could have had them for $50.00 for the pair.

So anyway, later i ordered the the Raybestos Quick Struts from Rockauto and downloaded the rebate form. After the rebate and Rockauto coupon code, including shipping the price will be $177.29

Does anyone know if new bolts and nuts come with it??

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This morning i went up to my favorite JY just in case they had a S series with fairly new struts. For a moment i thought i found an almost brand new pair, but it turned out the 99 Saturn they were on was a V6 model (engine gone) and the struts were different. Too bad, i could have had them for $50.00 for the pair.


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Old 05-09-2012, 06:31 PM   #14
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This morning i went up to my favorite JY just in case they had a S series with fairly new struts. For a moment i thought i found an almost brand new pair, but it turned out the 99 Saturn they were on was a V6 model (engine gone) and the struts were different. Too bad, i could have had them for $50.00 for the pair.

So anyway, later i ordered the the Raybestos Quick Struts from Rockauto and downloaded the rebate form. After the rebate and Rockauto coupon code, including shipping the price will be $177.29

Does anyone know if new bolts and nuts come with it??
New nuts for the top.
No new bolts.

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Old 05-09-2012, 09:13 PM   #15
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PurdueGuy, all i know it was a Saturn Sedan, seemed bigger, was stacked on top of another Saturn, had A V6 emblem on the back and the JY wrote on the windows, as they do, "99, bad trans". My error, i'm not that familiar with the different models.

Anyway, i have another question. Can i use the lower stut bolts from my present original struts on the new Raybestos struts with the elongated holes for camber adjustment??

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@scalemechanic, I used my old bolts with no problems.

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