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Old 07-09-2015, 04:35 PM   #1
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Inexpensive front strut options?

Hey guys, the car needs an inspection and alignment. Only issue right now are front struts. I did the rears 6 months ago with cheapy monroes and i have been satisfied with them. Unfortunately, i cant find anything for $100 per strut. I think the cheapest i've found are the Bilstein B4 part no. 22-220585, they seem to be going anywhere from 110 to 180. Are these worth it at that price point? Anything cheaper out there that isnt junk? Monroe makes a front strut for the 2wd around $60 but nothing for the XI. I'd like to be around that price point but i dont think it exists.

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Old 07-09-2015, 04:51 PM   #2
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Hey guys, the car needs an inspection and alignment. Only issue right now are front struts. I did the rears 6 months ago with cheapy monroes and i have been satisfied with them. Unfortunately, i cant find anything for $100 per strut. I think the cheapest i've found are the Bilstein B4 part no. 22-220585, they seem to be going anywhere from 110 to 180. Are these worth it at that price point? Anything cheaper out there that isnt junk? Monroe makes a front strut for the 2wd around $60 but nothing for the XI. I'd like to be around that price point but i dont think it exists.

Thanks for the help.

I see the Billys at about $210 shipped for the pair. Good units, great warranty...

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Thanks Rob, i pulled the trigger on them along with some of the other bits recommended in the suspension sticky.
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Stupid pinch bolts. Soaked them in PB blaster day and night for three days. Kept hitting them with the impact gun hoping to work it in. Carefully took a torch to it a couple days in a row with pb blaster overnight. Finally got the breaker bar out and said it will break or back out. Torched them then used the bar, broke them both with an 18 inch bar no extension. I'll drill them out tomorrow night and do the through bolt fix method. PITA. Road salt sucks i hate how much rust there is on my car.
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Man i can't tell you what a bitch these bolts have been to drill out. Finally finished one side last night. Grabbed a couple more bits to help with the passenger side. Can anyone tell me what the original strut looked like? I just wonder if they have ever been replaced. Would it help if i uploaded a picture of the sticker on the strut?
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