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Old 04-12-2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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Strut re-assembly problem

Hi everyone! I'm in the midst of a few front end projects. I'm changing out the old strut mounts, bearings, bump stops/bellows, and strut inserts, but having trouble getting things re-assembled.

The original spring washers, spring seat, spring support, and springs. Here's the replacement parts list:

Strut inserts - KYB Part # 366010 GR-2/Excel-G
Strut mounts - RAYBESTOS Part # 5201306 Professional Grade
Bearings - XXXXXX
Bellow - MOOG Part # K90460 Incl. Bumper

In a nutshell, when I put everything back together as shown in every diagram and how-to I've looked at, the threaded shaft of the strut insert doesn't protrude from the top of the strut mount, making it impossible to get the nut onto the top and finish the job. Unfortunately, I was a dummy and tossed the old parts.

It seems that the problem is the Moog bumper. Perhaps it's too thick? I've attached a couple pics.
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You do need to compress the springs to get that nut on
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You need to compress the spring to get the nut on
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:34 PM   #4
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You need to compress the spring to get the nut on
Right. Already have spring compressed.

The problem is that when everything is slid over the shaft of the strut insert, the top of the shaft is below the top of the strut mount. If I take the bumper/bellows part off, the threaded part of the shaft is above the top of the strut mount and the nut can be screwed on. I guess the bottom line is that maybe the problem is with the bumper/bellows? It seems to be bit too tall. I'll try to post a pic.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:33 PM   #6
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Your problem is the Moog bumper, like you thought. Moog's bumper is just like Monroe's, which is too tall for our cars. I'm assuming it must be some kind of universal thing. You could try to cut them down, but I ended up tossing the Monroe bumpers I bought and went back to stock-style ones from Scantech. Professional Parts Sweden makes the current ones you can get.
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Thanks Jeremy! I figured it had to be something like that. I'll try trimming the Moog bumpers.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:50 PM   #8
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Got the Pro Parts Sweden bump/bellows from my local parts supplier. They fit like a charm. Thanks again, Jeremy!
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