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Old 07-30-2012, 11:03 AM   #1
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strut top dust caps - needed?

Just replaced my struts and strut mounts this w/e. I used Meyle mounts and the OEM dust caps will not stay in the larger cap holes on the new mounts. Are these required? I'm not sure how sensitive the bearings, etc would be to the minimal road grime and dust that could get into them. -thanks.
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:10 AM   #2
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What about using a mild adhesive to glue them in. That way you could peel them off if needed but still get the protection.

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Old 07-30-2012, 11:15 AM   #3
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What about using a mild adhesive to glue them in. That way you could peel them off if needed but still get the protection.

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Could work as long as it doesn't drip into bearings. I thought about finding an o-ring or rubber bands to fill the gap too.
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That is a good idea as well. I would try to find a way to get them on there.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:06 PM   #5
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I came here to suggest rubber bands, although I'm surprised the Meyles didn't come with new caps.

The old caps don't fit because the OEM for the strut hats was Sachs.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:52 PM   #6
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wow they don't fit? didn't know that. I would try something to make them work, I'm sure it's not good to have grit in the bearing.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:16 PM   #7
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I had the same problem when I installed my struts...I used a few drops of super glue to keep the OE caps in place. That was a couple months ago and they haven't fallen off. Whenever I decide to remove and check the bearings I will buy new Meyle caps to replace the OE caps. If I knew ahead of time I would of bought the caps in advance instead of being forced to figure out a quick fix.
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THanks all. I ended up using contact cement (glue) to keep the old OEM caps in place. Seems to be working ok. Agree Meyle should be closer to tolerance. May look for their caps in the future.
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I came here to suggest rubber bands, although I'm surprised the Meyles didn't come with new caps.
I came here to see if I could say "strut top dust caps" 10 times fast. Couldn't.
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I came here to see if I could say "strut top dust caps" 10 times fast. Couldn't.
I can barely say it one time, slowly.
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There is 2 models of Strut Top Hats. One had a smaller Dust Cap and the Upgrade had the bigger Cap....
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