wtb strut inserts for stock 71 struts

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wtb strut inserts for stock 71 struts

Post by bigjim5551212 » 10 Jul 2009 10:01

I have a customer, an older gentleman, that has a 71 510 Automatic. He would like to put in new struts. I have told him about the cutting the struts and also about putting 280ZX units. I am wondering if anyone has some new inserts for this customer. if you have something please call me at 604 879 6288 or if you are out of vancouver, call 1-800-665-5031
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Re: wtb strut inserts for stock 71 struts

Post by James » 10 Jul 2009 10:19

If he is not wanting to upgrade the suspension (going the 280 route - which requires 14" wheels typically), Tokico Blue strut inserts can be had from a lot of places. Depending on strut tube length of his year - washers may need to be added to make up the difference if the insert is too short.

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Re: wtb strut inserts for stock 71 struts

Post by bertvorgon » 10 Jul 2009 10:30

Jim, if the seals are still ok, you can drain the old oil out and just put in a higher viscocity oil. that retains the factory bump/rebound rate.
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Re: wtb strut inserts for stock 71 struts

Post by Byron510 » 10 Jul 2009 10:37

The 280ZX insert from Monroe would even work if he's looking for a stock ride. The insert is shorter, and will require the use of some large washers at the bottom of the strut to space it up so that it’s tight against the strut nut. The insert shaft (stroke) is obviously shorter, but the customer won't notice a ride difference, and only the max extension will be affected. I've done this for people with stock set ups; because the stock spring is so soft it collapses well beyond the max extension of the 280ZX insert, the only time the customer may notice a difference using this insert is when approaching full extension on a good bump (like crossing a set of RR tracks or a really good drop in the road) - the customer will notice a dull thud as the strut hits full extension. But an average person would rarely be in this condition, and it does not pose a danger to the driver or is detrimental to the strut insert.

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Re: wtb strut inserts for stock 71 struts

Post by bigjim5551212 » 10 Jul 2009 15:16

i will check the Tokico stuff.

the trick setup would be to cut the strut and put the Porsche 944 insert in. Gives a great ride, lots of travel and lower
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