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Old 10-09-2004, 05:18 AM   #1
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On my 87 olds 98 it is really sagging in the rear and the compressor will run even when no weight is in the car. I know there are multiple leaks as it is possible to hear a slight hiss when there is substantial weight in the car. On the 89 LE it had non-air compressor based struts and it seemed to ride decent enough. It looks like it would be a lot easier to put regular struts in if they matched up.

So my question being has anyone converted to standard struts on an 87-91ish bonneville or olds/buick

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Its easy, just buying strut assemblies.. and bolting them up. However, it won't be any cheaper than just replacing the struts. You can get OEM replacements for $60 or less. Or, you can get some performance struts for $80, or even better performance ones for $120. Your choice, but replacing the air struts, with air struts is the best choice. Willwren posted a link to his site, about replacing the struts on his '93. His procedure will be the same for your'*. I just can't remember the link.. it was in one of the current threads, i'll post it when I find it.

EDIT: Found the link.. here you go.


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All of the struts on that page are ELC struts, so you can pick your performance and price.
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I've probably got the Sensatracs (I forget); they were in the neighbourhood of $80-$90 each Canadian, on sale (buy one, get the second half off, or 25% off each)... Canadian Tire.
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Remember that if the leaks are not in the struts, you will still have to repair them if you go with the air struts again.
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I got struts from Crappy tire too and they were the air ones for about the 70-80$ mark too.
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WIll,

I was chatting with someone about the reflex struts. He said that it'* an awful stiff strut. I want a good ride but not too stiff. What'* your opinion on them?
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No offense bud, but were you talking to a sales rep, or someone who sells these? You have to be wary of those guys.. sometimes they'll skew your purchase to make them more $$$.


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No, it was someone at work. That'* why I wanted to know from Will, he actually put them in his car.
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hmm.. ok just wondrin'


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