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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-04-2009, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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Strut bellows - yay or nay?

I've got a set of Tokicos going in my Mark VIII soon - I was wondering though...

Should I put on a set of strut bellows or just leave them as-is?
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I've got a set of Tokicos going in my Mark VIII soon - I was wondering though...

Should I put on a set of strut bellows or just leave them as-is?



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yeah thanks for that - any constructive input?
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yeah thanks for that - any constructive input?
You mean to install a bare strut where you see the rod? Bad idea. The bellows keep dust off the rod and provide a bump stop. Especially with lowering springs you risk hitting the top of the strut and wrecking it/making it leak. Also you want to keep as much road crap as possible out of the seal.

I like the Monroe ones, they come with the quick struts and you can get them separately.

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The Tokicos have a plastic piece that might act as a bellow but it is open on the bottom. I'll take a pic tonight.

EDIT: Exactly like there here:


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I've got a set of Tokicos going in my Mark VIII soon - I was wondering though...

Should I put on a set of strut bellows or just leave them as-is?
Put them on.

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I had no plan what are bellows. Thanks for the Pic.

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those dust covers not bellows leave them on thats why they come with them
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Sorry for the redundancy but would it be advisable to add these?

http://info.rockauto.com/Monroe/Deta...3621&viewCode=
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Sorry for the redundancy but would it be advisable to add these?

http://info.rockauto.com/Monroe/Deta...3621&viewCode=
As long as something is on there with a bump stop you are probably ok. The monroes really seem to protect the strut though.

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those dust covers not bellows leave them on thats why they come with them
I agree, the stock ones had dust covers as well. They will suffice. No need to add extra bellows.

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Excellent - thanks! I figured I'd ask as it was another $25-30, but I'd rather do it now than before they were on the car (if they were necessary).
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