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#1 2021-04-13 00:19:16

Baobiao
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Registered: 2020-08-05
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New struts.

Redoing my front struts on my 06 Aero, which I'm trying to keep as my daily driver. Couldn't find anyone selling the KYB full assembly so I think I'm going to either get OEM or KYB struts and buy a spring tool. I liked the price of the Monroe assemblies on RockAuto but nobody seems super keen on them so...

Questions:

1. Should I be replacing anything else in the assembly while I'm at it? Car's at 84000 but also...old, obviously.
2. Previous owner left D-Spec Tokicos on all four spots (which I like, but the passenger front has to go). Anyone see any issues doing OEM or KYB on the front with those on the back? Or any weirdness switching out the springs, etc?

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#2 2021-04-13 01:26:15

Rodman
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From: Long Island
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Re: New struts.

Bump stops tend to need replacing by now due to age.
Swapping springs is fairly easy with simple spring compressor tool.
I’d suggest doing the Koni strut insert, they ride the best by far, they adjustable. You’ll stand a better chance of dialing the strut to better match the rear. Otherwise I would replace all 4 corners with matching struts.


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#3 2021-04-13 10:19:13

drewsro
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Re: New struts.

You can always look into the Pedder's strut/spring combo. They don't specifically have one for the Saab, but you can just get the WRX one.

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#4 2021-04-13 17:51:32

Baobiao
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Re: New struts.

Bump stops make sense.

Would the inserts work with the Tokicos? Are they "servicable?" I think I've got the user manual for them buried in files somewhere I'll have to dig it out.

I'm trying to keep this all budget friendly so doing all four isn't deal but the Pedders do seem to have good reviews. All the ones I've found seem to be for the sedan though, which apparently means I'd have to do some sort of camber mod for the wagon?

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#5 2021-04-14 01:11:24

Rodman
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Re: New struts.

Koni inserts are not budget friendly and require hacking the existing strut bodies, they are more work.
Pedders are probably your best choice. You should still be able to get -1* camber at the front end with sedan struts.

Last edited by Rodman (2021-04-14 01:16:22)


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm EJ205 avcs.
2005 desert silver aero, traded.
2002 bugeye, sedan, JDM STi ver 7 swapped.

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#6 2021-04-14 01:22:43

lizzardo
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Re: New struts.

I was really happy with my D-Specs, but they went up in price a fair bit after I got them.  Swapping spring from stock to those was not a big deal.  I would not expect swapping them to another set of struts to be any more trouble.  I remember some people going with FSDs, which were a more reasonable price than the D-Specs became.

I don't know that the "inserts" would work with the D-Spec bodies.  Maybe, but I doubt it.


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#7 2021-04-16 00:53:34

Baobiao
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Re: New struts.

I decided to go with the full set of KYBs. All 4. I wish I could afford to do them with the Konis or find some more D specs but the budget is low and the Saabaru is more of a get-to-work-mobile than anything else at the moment.

Speaking of work, work's closed for the week thanks to the surge. So that will give me plenty of time to attempt my first strut and shock job. I'm going to checkout a spring compressor tool from Advance or buy one from HF and be very, very careful. I like my ribs and brain lobes the way the are.

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#8 2021-04-20 00:06:08

bentmettle
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Re: New struts.

I wouldn't bother paying for the tool - just use whoever is nearest loaner program.

Did you get new strut bearings?

The Saab springs aren't really under that much preload - or rather, I've dealt with worse. Ha ha.

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#9 2021-11-17 09:14:48

Shiloh51933
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Registered: 2019-02-23
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Re: New struts.

Raceland makes a coilover set for the 2002-2007 Subaru WRX a $519.00.  The classic set rides very close to factory with the ability to change ride height 1-3 inches but I personally think the factory height is perfect for every day driving.

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