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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-30-2011, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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I need to replace my struts as one is leaking. I'm not ready to spend money on springs for lowering, but only want to replace with a good quality part.

First a dumb question, if i buy a strut for example from summit that is not the entire strut assembly, will it (or most struts) just bolt into the existing assy? I saw the Koni thread where the assembly had to be modified, so i'm wondering if i'd have to do that.

Also, what strut would anyone recommend? i don't mind a stiffer ride than stock, i'm just looking for a quality part that is not too expensive.

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I need to replace my struts as one is leaking. I'm not ready to spend money on springs for lowering, but only want to replace with a good quality part.

First a dumb question, if i buy a strut for example from summit that is not the entire strut assembly, will it (or most struts) just bolt into the existing assy? I saw the Koni thread where the assembly had to be modified, so i'm wondering if i'd have to do that.

Also, what strut would anyone recommend? i don't mind a stiffer ride than stock, i'm just looking for a quality part that is not too expensive.

Thanks

With struts you have to atleast replace the pair. Most shops will tell you that if you are going to replace one then you need to replace the other. If thats the case and you want a stiffer ride I would look around for the struts off the FE5 or the SS/TC then down the road you can get a set of Pedder springs which will lower the car and give the ride you want. Now the pedder springs are about $250 and the struts you will have to look around for. I would look on the site classifieds or look on CSS.nub or GMSportcompact.net classifieds to see if anyone is selling their TC struts. Then you can replace all 4 at the same time. Just remeber the rear is just a shock and spring with not strut tower.

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I need to replace my struts as one is leaking. I'm not ready to spend money on springs for lowering, but only want to replace with a good quality part.

First a dumb question, if i buy a strut for example from summit that is not the entire strut assembly, will it (or most struts) just bolt into the existing assy? I saw the Koni thread where the assembly had to be modified, so i'm wondering if i'd have to do that.

Also, what strut would anyone recommend? i don't mind a stiffer ride than stock, i'm just looking for a quality part that is not too expensive.

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Are you referring to Summit Racing? Koni are nice but expensive. I'd say if you want a good inexpensive Strut go with KYB or Monroe. Monroe might have a quick strut that have both the spring and strut combined.
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Buy OEM Fe5 struts. They're about 90 bucks a piece on crate engine depot. Definitely worth it. I threw in a whole new suspension package all at the same time and the ride quality is better beyond epic proportion.

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Buy OEM Fe5 struts. They're about 90 bucks a piece on crate engine depot. Definitely worth it. I threw in a whole new suspension package all at the same time and the ride quality is better beyond epic proportion.
so the Fe5's are a slight upgrade from the stock struts? Yes i will be replacing both fronts.

The Fe5's look like it is a strut assembly that i can easily bolt on, but my question is if i get say the KYB GR-2 strut, will that bolt into my assembly if i remove the (old) strut from it?

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read that, and if you think it's worth the time/effort/extra money to do koni's...then go for it. but the FE5's are cheaper and just as good of quality, if not better.

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definitely dont go with the kyb over fe 5. kyb's are direct replacement for fe 1 struts. i wouldnt say dont get the koni's but they are a lot more money for no reason imo.
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The FE5 shocks/struts are a huge improvement iver the stock FE1 struts. Get that package off of crateenginedepot.com.

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Cobalt FE5 Struts and Shock Pkg FE5-S - Crate Engine Depot

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don't go with kyb i'd made that mistake an with 26,000mi. on them there already making a thunking noise an looking to replace them w/fe5. also i'm sitting on eibach prokit.
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