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    Just bought some KYB Gr2s but they didnt come with the upper strut mount, I figured they would.

    Anyway, can I use OEM strut mounts on these? I assume you would be able to...but Im also wondering if I should just snag some KYB strut mounts. Are they better than OEM? I ask cuz my drivers side front took a dump and makes that loves popping grinding noise...dont want that to happen again.

  • #2
    Yes you can use the stock OEM mounts. But from what i have heard the KYB's suck balls. You can try to pick up the anchor brand at Autozone or get robbed and pay $80 a piece at the stealership.

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    • #3
      Re: Strut Mounts

      Originally posted by getz_999
      Just bought some KYB Gr2s but they didnt come with the upper strut mount, I figured they would.

      Anyway, can I use OEM strut mounts on these?
      Yes.

      Originally posted by getz_999
      I assume you would be able to...but Im also wondering if I should just snag some KYB strut mounts.
      The KYB front strut mounts do not come with the spring seat (the metal piece that goes between the spring and the bearing). So, you'll have to re-use your current ones if you want to use the KYB mounts.

      The rear mounts are a different story, since they don't require the spring seat at all. No bearing = no spring seat.

      Originally posted by getz_999
      Are they better than OEM? I ask cuz my drivers side front took a dump and makes that loves popping grinding noise...dont want that to happen again.
      Not really... pretty much the same.

      Basically, just ask yourself if the cost savings of buying the KYB mounts is worth the hassle of taking apart the old struts assemblies JUST for the spring seats.

      One last thing... If I remember correctly, the OEM mounts come with the bump stops and dust boots. You'll have to purchase these separately if you go with the KYB mounts.

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      • #4
        well the thing is i need the complete stock spring and strut assembly that is coming off of the yellow car

        im hoping i can go to autozone and get the mounts for all for struts and hope they come with hardware and what not, slap the springs on the struts, take the olds out and put the new stuff in

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        • #5
          Originally posted by getz_999
          well the thing is i need the complete stock spring and strut assembly that is coming off of the yellow car

          im hoping i can go to autozone and get the mounts for all for struts and hope they come with hardware and what not, slap the springs on the struts, take the olds out and put the new stuff in
          That's what I was originally hoping to do myself.

          Unfortunately, I don't know of any aftermarket front strut mounts that come with the spring seat. You may end up having to go to the stealership.

          I ended up just reusing all four mounts, and then selling the KYB mounts I had bought.

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          • #6
            I just did struts on my car because mine were blown, so I figured I'd do the mounts at the same time. the rears were in decent shape (no bearings to go out) but the fronts were SHOT. at 117k. I don't know how many miles you have on your car, but I'd keep that in mind. you probably don't need rear mounts either way. but if you're anything like me, you like to replace everything with new componants if you replace one thing.
            [img width=169 height=65]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/BixVT/never%20gonna%20use%20again/tsnr.gif[/img]

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            • #7
              my front left one is going, does the popping and grinding while turning....Im replacing the struts and springs, and already need a new front left one, might as well do em all now

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              • #8
                I have tried the KYBs and the Gabriels (autozone). They both suck balls. The popping grinding noise that you were reffering to came after only 10000 miles on the gabriels. And I don't think that the KYBs lasted much longer for me either. Plus the KYBs reported cause a clunking noise in the rear on lowered cars. Don't know if its just the KYBs, but I have them in the rear, and I have that nasty clunking sound.


                The OEM ones are a good deal if you get them from saturnparts.com. New dustboots, bumpstops, springseat, nuts, and the big washer all come with the mount. I think I paid $130ish shipped for the two front mounts. Hopefully I will be installing them this weekend.

                I don't know if the OEM mounts are better, they look the same. But they do come with a bunch of stuff that the aftermarket ones don't. That bit of extra cash is worth the peace of mind from knowing that everything related to th emount is new and fresh IMO...

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                • #9
                  saturnparts.com

                  even at their discount pricing its still a pretty penny, but its nice to put em on and not have to worry about em for another 100,000 miles

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                  • #10
                    dammit i just put in an order and paid for some autozone mounts and they came in today....ill give em a try anyway, i cant remember if they were Gabriels or not, I know it was the more expensive (by a few bucks) of the two brands offered

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by getz_999
                      dammit i just put in an order and paid for some autozone mounts and they came in today....ill give em a try anyway, i cant remember if they were Gabriels or not, I know it was the more expensive (by a few bucks) of the two brands offered
                      Monroe brand maybe? If so, I have heard good things about those...

                      You could always take them back, or just buy the spring seats from saturn and you should be good to go.

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                      • #12
                        theyre gabriels

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                        • #13
                          I would imagine that with all the aftermarket billet aluminum strut mounts out there, something could be adapted/reworked for the S-series.

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                          • #14
                            WTF

                            So I put in the brand new struts, springs, and 2 front mounts and the drivers side front one is worse! It squeeks a lot louder and easeir, and now it pops too...

                            I only reused the little rubber gasket thing from the old struts and the dust shiled

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                            • #15
                              Check to make sure the springs are lined up properly.

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