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Old 01-31-2008, 04:28 PM   #1
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Hey All,

I'm curious if anyone has had the "QuickStrut' assembly installed in their car, versus purchasing the strut cartridge, mouting plates, boot, etc as separate components?

The 'quickstrut' also contains a coil spring, and my main concern is that this spring will be a comparable unit to the OEM ones on a SSEi? I don't necessarily want to order one, and find out it comes with a cheap small diameter spring or something, and it'* a step down from retaining OEM, even if they are old.

I won't be doing the strut install myself due to time & weather this time of year in MN, so I'm wanting to do as much research as I can before throwing down $$$ and having a shop get parts for me.

If anyone has experience with these, let me know how they worked out for you and all that. Right now my ride quality is not what it should be, and I might be interested in adding these fresh springs in addition to the strut cartridge itself if it seems worth it. Thanks!!
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QuickStrut = FE1
SSEi is FE2

you will have to change the springs witch then you should just buy the strut then the spring by them selfs. and its cheaper also
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A-Ha, that'* what I was afraid of, that the spring was going to be a compromise. The guy I talked to at the shop was not very familiar with the quickstrut to be able to answer my concerns.

I'm guessing that the FE1 & 2 you mention is production code for the suspensions in the different models, right?
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A-Ha, that'* what I was afraid of, that the spring was going to be a compromise. The guy I talked to at the shop was not very familiar with the quickstrut to be able to answer my concerns.

I'm guessing that the FE1 & 2 you mention is production code for the suspensions in the different models, right?
FE1 would be soft ride...

You have FE2 which is called " Ride & Handling "... But the Ride and handling could go from touring feel to OMG this can't be a 4 door..

I would recommend just replacing the strut as opposed to the entire assembly

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Quick struts are a good quality unit. I have installed dozens of them on various vehicles. I believe that they use Moog springs in them too. Either way, they are some cheapo springs. But, it is usually cheaper to buy the parts seperately. The nice thing is though, the whole unit (quick strut) is lifetime warranty. Mounts and springs seperatly usually arent
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Thanks, everyone. Initally I had been looking at just strut cartridges, but then once you start to add on all the mounting plates, boots, it started to make the one-package quickstrut look appealing.

I guess I'll go back to my original thinking, and maybe even see what I can do for some new springs separately. I really appreciate everyone'* input.
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Bonneville FE2 Parts.


Front Strut: 71822 -Monroe
Front Spring: CC658 -TRW
Front Sway Bushings: HB1804 -TRW

Back Strut: 71798 -Monroe
Back Spring: CC653 -TRW
Back Strut Mount: 901953 -Monroe
Back Sway Bushings: 25558129 -GM
Back Sway In-Link: 25602320 -GM
Back Sway End-Link: 18152 -TRW

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The nice thing about the quick struts is that they are a complete "drop-in" unit. All you have to do is remove the old strut assembly and put the new one in. If you do the parts seperately, then you are going to need to get a spring compressor or take it to a shop and them swap the parts. More time and more tools involved in that. The quick struts are just that...........quick!!!
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