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Old 03-28-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
astonmartini03
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Quick Questions: ST V1 install

(1) Yesterday, I started to install ST V1's on the front and I wasn't sure exactly how the bottom of the strut is supposed to meet the steering knuckle. Is the new strut supposed to extend below the steering knuckle clamp like the OEM strut did? Or, should the bottom of the new strut be flush with the steering knuckle clamp? (In this case, the larger diameter section of the strut would rest on top of the steering knuckle.)

The ST V1 strut seems to fit comfortably where the bottom of the strut is flush with the steering knuckle clamp, but I noticed there's is one very small guide/tab further up the strut on a larger diameter section of the strut. The OEM strut had two of these tabs and they slide down into the steering knuckle clamp. If I were to try to slide the ST V1's further down so the guide can fit in the steering knucle clamp, I feel like I would have to separate the steering knuckle clamp too much.

(2) Also, if I have it correct and the ST V1 strut doesn't extend below the steering knuckle clamp, how do I know how the ST V1 strut should be positioned? I.e. without the guide in the steering knuckle clamp, the strut can spin 360deg in the steering knuckle - how do I know where to position the flange for the sway link?

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