Hello all, I am confused, and to the best of my searching have found very little that lets me understand what I need to do.
So far I know that we have shocks all around, but they are commonly called struts. Of course Rock Auto has both and many more options.
Coil Spring Insulator
Coil Spring Seat
Rear Suspension Toe Link
Shock Mount Insulator
Shock Mounting Kit
Stabilizer Bar Bushing
Stabilizer Bar Link
Strut Rod Bushing
an autozone search and bilstein still comes up from them and they show the forked assembly as being front and the solid bottom being backs (looks like you can special order the rears, fronts are a no go). Rock auto says the solid bottoms are shocks and the forked bottoms are struts. However under shocks you have fronts and rears from rock auto for motorcraft however there is no sport option for fronts. On top of that I can not find motorcraft springs and the selection is limited, but monroe is all over the place and the easiest to replace appear to be monroe sensatracks for the front as they seem to be fully assembled.
At the same time if I am replacing these, I want to do the job once and maybe again in 50k. I am a bit scared that the rears are so cheap, even for motorcraft, compared to the fronts. Also if I have a lot of the front suspension off I am wondering if I should end up doing the tie rods as well, I kinda figured it would definately be a good time to do LCA's. If I can go with everything from rock auto, great, otherwise so far it looks like I am purchasing extra motorcraft strut bushings from
Would it be best to buy the sensa track as everything is together in one shot, or am I overlooking something and I will need to compress springs anyway and can save money by buying all the parts separately.
Anyone have recommendation on parts besides motorcraft? If the front sensa tracks are no easier to install I was really thinking of just doing Motorcraft all around, but was concerned by the sport option not being there. I would like something sport or better, and the best ones I know for sport are MC's w/sport option choices, however, there are no springs and the most expensive ones are from MOOG.
Also a lot of the parts say 'May Be Required To Replace Original Lower Mounting Bolt'. I was hoping to get some elaboration on that. I don't think it means I need to buy a strut mounting kit from rock auto, but I am not sure and I do not see anything for just the bolt.
I am going to be reading up on this a ton to work up the courage and probably purchase the strut install tool from harbor freight, but I have heard those can be unreliable and break, so if any one could recommend a quality tool it would be appreciated.
I know my threads are always long so as always thanks for reading and any help and opinions are always appreciated.
-thoroughly confused and starting to feel like my car is getting antiquated since parts are a bit hard to find..... well quality ones anyway lol.