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Old 06-24-2012, 05:07 PM   #11
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What I mean to say is, the way Koni does QC you might have a difference of 30-50 pounds or so even at lower shaft speeds in the same damper part number. Even within a brand, the shocks are not matched to each other, until you start paying $400+ per shock.

I didn't use the fronts because I got the rears for $200 separate from the kit and they are wagon specific. Nothing wrong with Bilstein quality and they are easy to rebuild.

Let's get back to the 2012 frankenstein kit in this thread
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:11 PM   #12
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Well done sir! +1 to you for this! How much was the damage if you dont mind telling..? Minus the springs, I know how much they run.
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My right side strut bearing was broken too...

My right side is where the clunk is coming from...



I posted that in the clunk thread as a good place to inspect. Good job
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:17 PM   #14
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Well done sir! +1 to you for this! How much was the damage if you dont mind telling..? Minus the springs, I know how much they run.
well... I had to buy an extra right front because Koni had a defective shaft on the first one I got. Excluding that:

2 Koni Yellow front struts PN 8741-1490LSPORT and 8741-1490RSPORT -$195 Each

2 Bilstein B8 for a Volvo V50 PN24-113830 - $108 Each

2 Motorcraft PN AD-1094 - $12 Each

2 Front Strut Pinch Bolt - $0.80 Each

All + shipping




In other news, I would like a little more drop, but TBH the ride more than makes up for it.
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:31 PM   #15
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Great work man!

You say the rear struts were for a wagon but would they also work within acceptable tolerances for the sedan? Also do you have rear disc or drum brakes?
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well... I had to buy an extra right front because Koni had a defective shaft on the first one I got. Excluding that:

2 Koni Yellow front struts PN 8741-1490LSPORT and 8741-1490RSPORT -$195 Each

2 Bilstein B8 for a Volvo V50 PN24-113830 - $108 Each

2 Motorcraft PN AD-1094 - $12 Each

2 Front Strut Pinch Bolt - $0.80 Each

All + shipping



In other news, I would like a little more drop, but TBH the ride more than makes up for it.
Wow! Thats a little rich for my blood. Guess you have to pay to play.
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:52 PM   #17
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Any particular reason you didn't go with Koni rears for a Mazdaspeed 3? They will fit.

I've been considering this option for some time now, good to see everything bolts up with minimal modification. Did you cut a hole in the cowl for adjusting the front struts, or do you plan to just set them and forget them?
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This needs added to the parts interchange thread.
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Thats awesome that you were able to resolve this issue on your own. Big time kudos for taking this issue head on!. You've done a big service to this community as far as im concerned.

I know you wanted to go aftermarket on the struts, etc. Just curious if you felt the clunk was mainly due to the strut bearings and that someone could fix thiers by changing just that part or was there failure on all the parts you replaced as well?

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