Never did this before. I think I would buy the completely assembled strut and mount in hindsight. It was a pain assembling with the spring, even using the compressor. After installed on Van, found out there was a "special tool" not mentioned in instructions that came with the struts that I needed to secure the piston rod so I could properly tighten the upper mount nut. It still clunked, so I brought to a shop that had the tool and they charged me 2.8 hrs to take the struts back out and tightne the nuts properly. Easy money. I used antiseize on all bolts and it is all new stuff under there. But I will have a sweet ride at the end of this journy, at the cost of an entire new front end job.
Thanks for all your help.
Monday, June 7th, 2010 AT 8:57 AM