The KYB struts fit most 88's without a problem and give plenty of room for alignment. I have never had a problem, but some folks say they have had to enlarge the mounting holes. Try a search here or try looking at www.fierosails.com/fierosecrets and fiero osg.
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Posts: 4332 From: Harrisburg, Pa Registered: Sep 2000
I've got the GR2's on my 88 Formula, and there was some slight clearance problem on the right rear. Where the knuckle has a point in the center of it, it hits part of the strut mount. I ground it for clearance and it works fine. It's very minor.
Next time I take the strut off, I'll probably grind down the knuckle some instead.
Posts: 509 From: Little Rock, AR Registered: May 2001
Here is my experience on KYB struts on the rear of '88 Fieros......I have used KYB's exclusively on all of my '88 Fieros since 1994 (about 7 or 8 cars) and I discovered that using lowered springs created no problems, but using the stock springs gave me fits.
The very first time I installed KYB struts was back in 1994 on my first Fiero, an '88 GT. I swapped out the struts with no problems and drove it to Sears for an alignment......the right rear was out of whack and they "fixed" it for me. They never told me what they did, but I have to assume it was something similar to what other here have done, which was to grind away some metal.
At that time I had the stock springs.....it was later that year that I installed a set of lowered springs. Since then I have always used lowered springs and never had a problem. Last year I sold my '88 GT T-Topper that had new KYB's and new lowered springs. I removed the springs, but left the KYB's (since I didn't have a set to replace them with). It had the same problem with the right rear that I experienced on tat fierst Fiero, but that I didn't experience on the same car wuth the dropped springs.
I can't say that this holds true to all '88 Fieros, but it has been my experience. Even if you have issues it is not a very hard thing to fix......certainly no reason not to try the KYB's. They are, IMO, the best shock/strut available for the Fiero for the price.
Posts: 53788 From: Raleigh NC Registered: Jan 2001
Would enlongate make you feel better? Just passing along what I have read over the past several years.
Again, I have never had a problem putting KYB's on my 88.
No, it wouldn't. Not trying to slam you, since you're just reporting what you've heard, but you should NEVER do this. Those 2 bolts at the bottom are all that hold your strut to the knuckle. One is slotted to allow for camber adjusment and the other is the pivot point. Elongating or modifying either of these bolt holes is asking for trouble - and you'll likely not be able to get the car aligned. Correct the clearance problem itself, rather than work around the problem.
I only harp on this because it's a SAFETY issue.
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