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Hardwood

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

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

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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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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.

-chart-

Edited by -chart-

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CC859. ;)

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

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Bolt_Cutter_3C.jpg

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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Bolt_Cutter_3C.jpg

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

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