Gen 3 SLO struts

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  1. 98SF19

    98SF19 AlphaKennyBuddy

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    Yes there are a ton of these in junk yards, but if I can make a deal here for loose ones, it'll save me sweating my balls off in Florida summer heat.
    I really just need the housings to put in Konis, and don't want to cut up my SARC struts, as they seem to be in decent shape still and might fetch a little bit down the road.
    My car's a 98 if it matters, but I think any Gen 3 SLO struts will do.
    Thanks!
     
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    Get the OEM SLO part numbers off Tascaparts.com, then check ebay and amazon, get the motorcraft number and check rockauto.]. You would be surprised, sometimes you can get a brand new pair for 40 bucks.

    Have the tops cut off on a lathe, after first relieving the pressure by drilling a small hole.
     
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    I'm guessing the $40 for new pair was without shipping? The best I could find was a set from a 97 SLO for $65, shipping included, and this was a combined shipping reduction as they were listed separately. I'm not sure how one would cut them down on a lathe though. Wouldn't you need to add counterweights?
     
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    You can cut the tops off with a hacksaw instead of a lathe, the lathe just makes a cleaner cut.

    For finding new 96-99 struts try searching for the Motorcraft part number, though 65 shipped for a new pair isn't that bad.
     
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    I went with the $65 deal. They were actually from a '96, and I got to thinking, since the G3 front koni design is based on the G2, it makes sense to have the closest year to a G2 as possible, assuming there were slight changes made to G3 struts after 96.

    I hacksawed them down and after cutting the one G2 strut I got with the konis - which was basically practice - I was a bit tighter with measurements and how I started each cut (used a guide to ensure correct alignment). So I guess doing the G2 strut was a blessing as it gave me experience. :biggrin:

    About to start painting control arms, knuckles, struts, springs, and sway bar links. First gotta jack up tranny to get the driver's side front control arm bolt free . . . :rolleyes:
     
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