I seriously need some advice from anybody with experience installing Koni's in a Gen 3. Bought used SLO struts from a '96 off ebay to use with Konis (didn't want to hack up my SARC struts - will probably ebay them one of these days). Got them cut down as needed, drilled 1/4" hole at bottom, etc. and had a shop put them together with Koni inserts and lowering springs (Motorcraft "LOW" code). Now I'm reassembling and hitting some major snags. Most critical issue: The shaft diameters of the '96 strut housings seem to be a bit more than the OEM SARCS, just enough that getting it into the knuckle could not be done any other way than by having both off the car and hammering the strut into knuckle using a pry bar as shown here: I probably hit the pry bar 1000 times to get the strut far enough for pinch bolt bore to line up. 1000 is not an exaggeration - this would normally be done with a pneumatic press. (FYI that is spray paint, NOT powdercoat and the pinch bore is unpainted). My reason for going ahead and doing this, knowing that I'd be unable to get it installed assembled like this, was for the less critical issue below. Less critical issue: I didn't have a pair of the right size allen-head bolts to hold Konis to bottom of strut, so I ordered a new pair. Didn't know they'd have to be sent from Europe and I didn't have time to wait, so I found bolts with same thread. But due to length, they also needed a bushing nut. I wanted to put in strut temporarily to see if I'd have enough clearance between hex head and axle boot, shown here: The knuckle is not fully seated on the axle here, and although it does seem like there would be very minimal clearance when it is (right of the big rubber ridge), I'm just not comfortable with it. Yes, I coulda-shoulda-woulda had bolt threaded shaft machined down if I'd known it would be so tight. Another issue: Apparently I need to install camber plates, which I bought from Nimz a long time ago. The installation calls for removing the strut mount plate and removing the threaded studs. But it doesn't appear that I'm able to pry up the plate, shown here: I'm a bit hesitant to put too much into the prying considering the loaded condition of struts. I'm also unsure what the offset needs to be set at. It allows 5 increments from 1/4 degrees up to 1-1/4 degrees of positive camber. Knowing ahead of time will aid greatly in avoiding having to disassemble all over again. So to address the main issue, I suspect that the SLO strut housing is just slightly off "round" from my knuckle bore, or the two are otherwise just out of sync geometrically. I believe the best solution would be to hammer both struts into knuckles, crank down pinch bolts nice and tight and let them sit for a while, maybe adding some heat to the knuckles on a daily basis for a week or two. Any thoughts? Anybody willing to talk on the phone about any of this, PM me your number and a good time to call.