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front strut replacement

i know this has been asked several times but i did a search and couldn't come up with anything. what do i need to just drop in a new strut assembly besides the strut and the springs? i know there's a top plate to sandwich the spring to the strut but i can't think of what that's called. also how much for any parts i need. thanks, Dave
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alright, if you are replacing everything...

i would use..

new shock
new spring
upper shock mount
spring insulators (usually provided with new shocks however not all are, i learned the hard way)
and with the fronts, i would buy new lower shock bolts, because they are usually fairly rusted, and are actually smaller than brand new ones.. all can be orderd from a parts store

shock and springs depend on what you buy
upper mount usually around 50 bucks ea.
insulators i just replaced mine and they were like 6 bucks each.
the new lower shock bolts.. like 11 dollars each..

2 things of each are needed, one for each side.

plan on extra money because sometimes the lower shock bolt doesnt come out and you may have to burn out the bushing in the LCA or something along that matter, so it may also have to replace the Lower controll arm.
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do u mean there should be isolators that come with the front struts or are you talking about the rear springs?
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In the case of replacing everything it'd be cheaper off if you buy a Monroe QuickStrut assembly. It comes with everything and all you do is unbolt your current strut assembly and bolt the new one in. No spring compressing, no purchasing a bunch of individual parts.

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In the case of replacing everything it'd be cheaper off if you buy a Monroe QuickStrut assembly. It comes with everything and all you do is unbolt your current strut assembly and bolt the new one in. No spring compressing, no purchasing a bunch of individual parts.
does that include a spring? i'm running a 26 tall mickey thompson tire up front so i need to lower it to get it to look right
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26 inches tall is about stock height, maybe a little shorter, so i would drop about 1-2 inches...

spring insulators should come with new struts (they are shocks with springs mounted on them) struts pivot.. sorry to get all technical but if i dont say it someone else will..

but sometimes they dont come with new shocks. and i was talking about the front
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so am i correct in understanding this but get the monroe pack and then my springs and that's all i will need?
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im guessing yes, however your car wont be any lower... it will still be at stock height, if not higher due to new springs.
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does that include a spring? i'm running a 26 tall mickey thompson tire up front so i need to lower it to get it to look right
It does come with a spring but it's the stock spring, so if you wanted to lower it you'd need to get new springs anyway.

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k, has anybody attempted just cutting half a coil or more out of their stock springs? this should stiffer and lower it would just be a matter of guessing rate on how much
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was there a diff between v6 springs and v8's??? he could use a v6 spring under a v8 if there's a diff and probably get a drop.

I know this was true on mustangs but never heard it for the tbird on spring selection.
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was there a diff between v6 springs and v8's??? he could use a v6 spring under a v8 if there's a diff and probably get a drop.

I know this was true on mustangs but never heard it for the tbird on spring selection.
i considered that also. there's plenty of v6 bird in the junkyard here. maybe an option would be to buy the front assemblies from the junkyard and slapp 'em on. if its the proper ride height i just take them to have the struts replaced and call it a day. if not i just take them back. gotta love 30 day return policy
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Yes the V8 springs were different to accomodate the higher weight of the V8.

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I just bought a new set of 96-97 Sport Front Shocks and Upper mounts from Jason (FordPartsCounter) on 12/22 The shocks are $64.95 each.

The upper mount plate(s) (Identified as a mounting "Bracket" Part # F1SZ18183AA) were $35.89 each. The new upper mounts are a much improved design over the old design that was originally installed on my '95 TBird.

See the thread HERE where 91 CougarLS and I discuss replacing our springs. There are some good pictures here.

When you have the strut assemblies out it's an excellent time to look at replacing the UCA's if the bushings in them are shot like mine were.

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I just bought a new set of 96-97 Sport Front Shocks and Upper mounts from Jason (FordPartsCounter) on 12/22 The shocks are $64.95 each.

The upper mount plate(s) (Identified as a mounting "Bracket" Part # F1SZ18183AA) were $35.89 each. The new upper mounts are a much improved design over the old design that was originally installed on my '95 TBird.

See the thread HERE where 91 CougarLS and I discuss replacing our springs. There are some good pictures here.

When you have the strut assemblies out it's an excellent time to look at replacing the UCA's if the bushings in them are shot like mine were.
sweet, thanks for the aid
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R., how is your install coming along. Did you get that last assembly in? I really like the ride difference after driving about a week so far. I'd say the car settled a little since, and is about 3/4" lower all around as advertised. It looks pretty even, judging by "eye".

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There is definitly a huge difference in handling after you lower one of these Birds, even if only by a half inch. However, I did have a problem snapping sway bar end links in my front end and another problem with excessive sway in the rear end, especially on the highway, not good.
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Monroe quickstruts

I am considering a set of these. Does anyone here have them installed?


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In the case of replacing everything it'd be cheaper off if you buy a Monroe QuickStrut assembly. It comes with everything and all you do is unbolt your current strut assembly and bolt the new one in. No spring compressing, no purchasing a bunch of individual parts.
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You can replace the front shocks without a spring compressor. What you need to do is put a jack up under the lower control arm with all the suspension still bolted up. Put a little bit of pressure on the LCA, just enough to make sure it doesn't slip out of place. Now unbolt the center top bolt and slowly lower the jack. This will let the spring expand slowly and safely without a spring compressor. Leave the top plate bolted up, and once the spring has fully expanded, remove the lower bolt going through the LCA and slide the shock and expanded spring out. Now you can either replace the springs with lowering ones, or cut a coil off the stock ones. To put it back together , you just slide it in place, loosely install the lower bolt, and jack up on the LCA while making sure the top of the shock slided through the hole in the top plate. Also just so you know, there is nothing wrong with cutting springs, as long as you do it with a cut-off wheel and not a torch. The only "bad" effect cutting springs has is that it makes them stiffer. If this doesn't bother you (doesn't bother me at all) then just cut the fronts and save yourself some cash.

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I appreciate the information. Will this procedure work without lowering springs or cutting coils? Is the extra space required to get the spring back in?

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You can replace the front shocks without a spring compressor. What you need to do is put a jack up under the lower control arm with all the suspension still bolted up. Put a little bit of pressure on the LCA, just enough to make sure it doesn't slip out of place. Now unbolt the center top bolt and slowly lower the jack. This will let the spring expand slowly and safely without a spring compressor. Leave the top plate bolted up, and once the spring has fully expanded, remove the lower bolt going through the LCA and slide the shock and expanded spring out. Now you can either replace the springs with lowering ones, or cut a coil off the stock ones. To put it back together , you just slide it in place, loosely install the lower bolt, and jack up on the LCA while making sure the top of the shock slided through the hole in the top plate. Also just so you know, there is nothing wrong with cutting springs, as long as you do it with a cut-off wheel and not a torch. The only "bad" effect cutting springs has is that it makes them stiffer. If this doesn't bother you (doesn't bother me at all) then just cut the fronts and save yourself some cash.
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I appreciate the information. Will this procedure work without lowering springs or cutting coils? Is the extra space required to get the spring back in?
It works just fine with stock height springs. I only said to put lowering springs on because that's the whole reason he wanted to do this in the first place. If you are just looking to replace the shocks without lowering the car, then just skip the step about cutting the springs or swapping to lowering springs.

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