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Old 03-16-2007, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default Replacing rear shocks on a SW2

Are the shocks on the station wagon just regular shocks or are they struts?
My crappy Taurus wagon was easy to replace as my El Camino and my old Honda Accord hatchback, but this may be a different animal.
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Are the shocks on the station wagon just regular shocks or are they struts?
My crappy Taurus wagon was easy to replace as my El Camino and my old Honda Accord hatchback, but this may be a different animal.
They are struts and are quite easy to replace.
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:02 PM   #3
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I'll second.
I'm pretty much a n00b and I replaced mine in my wagon last summer with little trouble.

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Old 03-16-2007, 06:28 PM   #4
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thanks u guys I'll give it a try....the bike is prolly worth more than the car, its an Intense Spider XVP w/ 70% Shimano XT, Raceface crank, bars, stem, seatpost, Mavic 321 rims, Manitou Sherman 90/130mm fork and Avid disc stoppers...dang thing is like $3700

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Old 03-16-2007, 06:47 PM   #5
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That is some bike! I have a fairly ancient (22 years old) Univega Land Rover Sport that I upgraded to 15 speeds, V-brakes, Girvin flex stem, suspension seat post, and some aggressive ATB tires...not nearly the bike that you have, but it's been great for the mountain biking that I do. Ridden a couple of Cannondale bikes, though...it's very easy to get addicted to the dual suspension ride quality!
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Old 03-17-2007, 05:14 AM   #6
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Nice thing is you don't need a spring compressor to change the struts. Our rear springs are quite soft due to the car being light. Just push down on the strut top , hold it down , zap the strut nut off and release the top slowly. NOt a hard job. Go for it.
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:59 AM   #7
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Not kyb.........................
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Old 03-17-2007, 03:22 PM   #8
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thanks u guys I'll give it a try....the bike is prolly worth more than the car, its an Intense Spider XVP w/ 70% Shimano XT, Raceface crank, bars, stem, seatpost, Mavic 321 rims, Manitou Sherman 90/130mm fork and Avid disc stoppers...dang thing is like $3700

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Old 03-17-2007, 06:11 PM   #9
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here are removal and installation instructions for the rear struts
http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...3d8019aa25.jsp

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Old 03-18-2007, 01:09 AM   #10
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KYcraps are awesome. If you like junk that blows out quickly , rattles , is cheap quality and may take you head off. Sure they are awesome in that respects.
Rice boy struts. They don't care for the american market. Yet people here keep buying because they think "foreign ***** don't stink".
Gabriel struts are awesome. Had NO comebacks because of them. Few with monroe. TONS with kyjunk. To each their own punishment.
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I bought the KYB GR-2 struts because I was done replacing blown Carrera strut inserts on my 92 SC every year and having to wait a month to get them back. They couldn't handle the Detroit moonscape roads. The KYB's were placeholders since I'd tossed the stock OE struts when I originally got the Carrera housings and inserts. The Carrera (non-coilover non-threaded) struts were great when they weren't blown but I don't think they were really made for our application. You had to use washers or pieces of pipe to get the inserts to the correct height inside the housings. at one point they told me to fill the housings with oil to keep the inserts cool. Yeah that wasn't messy at all. I've purchased three sets of KYB GR-2 struts in my Saturn lifetime. One set on my 92 SC that were on it when it was gone after 182,000 miles. One set on my 96 SC2 that was on it when I traded it with 170,000 miles and the set on my 02 SC2 now with 74,000 miles. Even when I change my own oil, I have Saturn techs inspect my Saturn on a regular basis and they've never indicated that any of my KYB GR-2 struts were blown and they notice everything... I bought my Saturn(s) to support the American market. I'd be happy to get Koni struts for my Saturn but they don't seem to exist.
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thanks all for the info!!!!
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:42 PM   #13
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Maybe the kycraps work on our cars better? SOunds like the carrera insterts sucked a lot. I thought they only made the housings and other mentioned Koni inserts?
ANy chance of bilstein inserts for the carrerra housings? Those WILL last.
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