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Old 10-01-2017, 08:22 PM   #1
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Just installed new KYB shocks/struts with Tein lowering springs that got a 1.5 inch drop. I have 17 inch wheels on my 04 Saturn Ion. I will upload some pics on this thread soon. Just gotta say the ride quality is amazing. If you guys have high miles on you're Ion seriously think about new KYB shocks/struts because the car is very responsive now. Wow what a difference!

I have never been a Monroe fan because I have read alot that Monroe shocks prematurely wear out so I stuck with the KYB brand and quality Tein springs that help maintain that factory ride with a nice stance for agressive looks. I will upload some pictures soon. Check back next week for pics.

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Old 10-01-2017, 11:42 PM   #2
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What strut mounts did you end up using?
Did you also install new bellows/boots?

I need to replace my front struts soon and really want to install KYBs. I just wish KYB offered their Strut-Plus assemblies (their equivalent of the Monroe Quick-Struts) for the Ion, but they don't. I'm not looking forward to disassembling the old struts and transferring the springs to the new struts.

It appears that the previous owner installed Monroe Quick-Struts (unsure of mileage), but they are definitely bad. It feels like the front of my car rises 4 inches when I accelerate from a stop and nose dives a lot when braking.

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Old 10-02-2017, 12:44 AM   #3
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Actually I did purchase both new KYB bellow boots part # SB-101 but my originals were in good shape suprisingly enough the top hats were just fine. My car currently has 217 ,000 miles. I wish KYB did offer quick struts too but some extra work pays off in the end. Luckily for me im a service writer so the guys in the back did the work for me. I highly recommend KYB! I will keep you guys posted as the springs settle.

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Old 10-03-2017, 10:26 PM   #4
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What strut mounts did you end up using?
Did you also install new bellows/boots?

I need to replace my front struts soon and really want to install KYBs. I just wish KYB offered their Strut-Plus assemblies (their equivalent of the Monroe Quick-Struts) for the Ion, but they don't. I'm not looking forward to disassembling the old struts and transferring the springs to the new struts.

It appears that the previous owner installed Monroe Quick-Struts (unsure of mileage), but they are definitely bad. It feels like the front of my car rises 4 inches when I accelerate from a stop and nose dives a lot when braking.
The strut compressors sold at the parts big chain tool stores are called widow makers for a reason. I have had them slip off on a couple occasions. makes for a pretty good scare.
Remove the old strut assemblies, take them to a local shop, leave them, pick them up the following evening and reinstall them.
Most local shops will do them as a no rush when they have a tech freed up, you might get lucky and they are having a slow day. You will find it well worth the 25 -30 bucks each and you don't chance a trip to the emergency room.

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Old 10-04-2017, 09:34 AM   #5
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Did you get any new pics yet? Struts might be my next upgrade and was thinking about a small drop.

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