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Source for a loaded rear strut? (new spring and mount already on it) by 2.5
Started on: 12-09-2013 02:31 PM
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Report this Post12-09-2013 02:31 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 2.5Send a Private Message to 2.5Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Doers anyone make loaded rear struts for Fieros?
1986 specifically. Looking for factory type ride, not stiff.

I see Rockauto has Monroe, KYB, Ac Delco, and Sachs.
I've never heard of Sachs but they are the most expensive, any good?
Auto parts stores also have Gabriel.
But all are just the strut, no one has loaded ones.
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we sell a few brands of loaded struts at my work, every line only makes them for the top xxx #'s, I wouldn't bet on seeing fiero's being one of those... unless we got somekinda group by and approached like FCS or one of the other smaller makers of them to buy them.
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Thanks, I'll plan on putting them together then. I've only installed loaded assemblies before.
The strut and the mount is all thats needed right? Re-use my spring and use a loaner a compressor tool...
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Originally posted by 2.5:

Thanks, I'll plan on putting them together then. I've only installed loaded assemblies before.
The strut and the mount is all thats needed right? Re-use my spring and use a loaner a compressor tool...


don't forget the rubber spring cushions, and the upper spring purch and bellows boot kit.



see the metal "cup" or whatever under the mount that holds the spring that needs to be "re-used" from your fiero (or a donor?)

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don't forget the rubber spring cushions, and the upper spring purch and bellows boot kit.



see the metal "cup" or whatever under the mount that holds the spring that needs to be "re-used" from your fiero (or a donor?)



So the metal cup, is the perch to be re-used right?
Strut, bellows boot, mount , and pad need purchased...?
Can mounts be checked and reused or always need replaced?
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I reused all the parts and just replaced the struts. Now, if you have rust issues, change the top mount, or at least inspect it. The top mount doesn't seem to wear out on the Fiero and I think that is because it doesn't move like in a FWD configuration. The rubber isolators should be ok also, unless you have a bad spring.
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That'd be cool, this is one of my winter projects to I can take it apart and have time to inspect and order more parts if need be. Thanks guys
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the mount can sometimes be re-used, but inspect it good, just remember you gotta disassemble everything to change the $20 mount.
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Originally posted by jaskispyder:
I reused all the parts and just replaced the struts. Now, if you have rust issues, change the top mount, or at least inspect it. The top mount doesn't seem to wear out on the Fiero and I think that is because it doesn't move like in a FWD configuration. The rubber isolators should be ok also, unless you have a bad spring.

FWD have bearings hats. Strut AND Spring move when turning. The Bearing goes bad and often needs changing when you replace the strut.

Most Fiero hat rubber is ok but carefully check for rust. If not sure then replace the hat.

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FWD have bearings hats. Strut AND Spring move when turning. The Bearing goes bad and often needs changing when you replace the strut.

Most Fiero hat rubber is ok but carefully check for rust. If not sure then replace the hat.



Yup, that is what I said
In my case, my Aztek had 160K on the original struts. The bearings were good, but the springs were broke. I replaced the bearing/top just to be sure, since it was a pain to replace.

Fiero struts are easy


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