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Old 07-27-2004, 04:44 PM   #11
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The Bonnie came from NJ and looks very clean (no rust on the bolt heads or threads). Looks like it was garaged and well taken care of. So maybe I'll be lucky...
I hope you do get lucky and all goes well. You could jack the car up, remove a wheel and try loosening the strut bolts - that will give you an indication of how the job will go.

You will also need to replace the upper strut mounts. I would guess on your year the Monroe will be a different design strut from the OEM like mine was, because of this the upper mount would no longer have the impact disributed over the whole vulcanised mount. Besides, they're not that expensive and even if the originals fit, the new ones will improve your ride.

Wonder how long before you do the fronts :P

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Doesn't a 4-wheel alignment need to be done after the rear struts are changed too? I remember reading that somewhere...
Yes that is right

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The Bonnie came from NJ
One mean & nasty look and those bolts will come right off!!!
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SSEI rear sway bar on order from GMpartsdirect. Am I correct in assuming that it takes the same bushings as my existing bar and gets the additional stiffness from being solid (as opposed to hollow?).
I plan on leaving the springs as is until I find out what changes I get from the strut and sway bars. Too many times in the past I've shotgunned parts at a car and then could not tell what parts had positive effects and what parts were not worth the effort....
JR3800, I have to thank you for the clear concise post on performance improvements (along with part numbers). It'* been a GREAT help!

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The Monroe struts are in and I'm taking off Friday to install them. Can't wait to see what the car is like with the back firmly planted on the road (instead of floating along).
jrs3800, did you change out your upper strut mounts? The current ones look like new and I'd hate to change them for naught...
I checked all the specs on Monroe'* web site and they didn't indicate any problem using the stock upper mounts...

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The Bonnie came from NJ
One mean & nasty look and those bolts will come right off!!!


Gotta hold your lip right.
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