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Old 10-05-2012, 12:17 AM   #1
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I need strut mounts (I think)

So I've had FK Streetlines installed on my car for a few months now, but recently, I've gotten sick of the ride.

I had the car up on a lift today and noticed the front struts have a lot of wiggle to them if that makes any sense. Theres more shaking than there needs to be in the steering wheel, especially when I brake. control arms, control arm bushins are fine, brakes are fine. Mechanic told me it could be the strut mounts, or the bushings. Considering I just reused the stock strut mounts from the OEM suspension, I'm guessing thats the cause of this. Could aftermarket mounts fix the issue? Any pointers/ideas?
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:42 AM   #2
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:22 AM   #5
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Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but change your strut mounts, then call me maybe?
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Before they came into your car, you missed them so bad. So so bad.

Strut mount bushings could be it, esp since your FCABs and LCAs are fine. With the hood open and the car parked, have someone turn the wheel left and right. If there is a lot of play in the mounts you will see it then.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:25 PM   #7
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Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but change your strut mounts, then call me maybe?
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Before they came into your car, you missed them so bad. So so bad.

Strut mount bushings could be it, esp since your FCABs and LCAs are fine. With the hood open and the car parked, have someone turn the wheel left and right. If there is a lot of play in the mounts you will see it then.


I couldn't notice any play, but I still think this might be the issue. Should I just replace em with stock OEM mounts? Found em online for ~$80 shipped. I found a couple aftermarket sets for $500+ lol, thats not happening.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:55 AM   #8
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OEM or a good aftermarket supplier like Lemfoerder should be fine. Since you have to dis-assemble the entire strut to do this job, for each strut don't forget to order new self-locking nuts for the strut tower (x3), strut rod (x1) and a new pinch bolt (x1) for the strut body. While you're in there, you should also consider replacing the rubber strut boot, foam bump stop and rubber spring pads. There are a couple of washers that could be re-used, but they are so cheap you might as well replace them anyway. Check out RealOEM for the full part list.
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