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Do I Need To Remove The Rear Struts To Replace Springs?


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#1 Hardwood

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:12 PM

I have a 2004 Sable LS and want to beef up the rear due to a little sag and to allow hauling a little heavier loads. Been reading about the different combinations of springs and struts but for now I was leaning to just doing the springs using CC589's since the struts are good - I have done a lot of work on my cars and trucks but never with struts and coils springs so I was wondering if I need to completely remove the struts to replace the coils ... I'm guessing I do but would like to avoid the need of having to have an alignment done if it possible.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:15 PM

Yes, the coils are around the struts. I persoanly reccomend just getting quick struts for the rear as they are fairly cheap and come with brand new components already together, and it is a lot safer and easier

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:17 PM

Yes, you do. There is no other way to take the springs out- front or rear.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:28 PM

It only has 45K miles on it but I guess if I am going to have to pull the struts then I probably will go with kyb's and 589's.
Thanks for the info.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:59 PM

It only has 45K miles on it but I guess if I am going to have to pull the struts then I probably will go with kyb's and 589's.
Thanks for the info.


One more thing.
The PINCH BOLT.

See pic of mine from '03 last year. I replaced the bolts while doing the rear wheel cylinders.

If they get much older that that in the rust belt, they will be a bear to remove, and may break off and then need to be drilled out.

I used an electric impact wrench and managed to worry these out without any real bad pain.
I greased the shank of the new bolts so someday when I need to do struts/springs I will be able to remove the bolts.

My '03 with '98K is still not saggy nor struts leaking.

I have done at least 3 Taurus/Sable rears and the pinch bolt was always the hard part.
Rest was not so easy on top for the Gen 1 as the top bolts were in a bad location.



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Edited by -chart-, 05 December 2012 - 09:06 PM.


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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:06 PM

CC859. ;)

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:03 PM

Rock auto has a special on Monroe Quick Struts, 58 bucks a side on the rear.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:28 PM

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Nah, you have to remove the struts. A real pain in the you-know-what if you know what I mean.

Quickstruts is a good idea, but do they make them in stiffer setups?
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

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Nah, you have to remove the struts. A real pain in the you-know-what if you know what I mean.

Quickstruts is a good idea, but do they make them in stiffer setups?


No, but sometimes they make heavy duty ones.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:20 PM

Where in MN are you? Done this a few times if you need some help and are relatively close.
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