Strut Assembly

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Re: Strut Assembly

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I ordered parts thru IPD. One option was the hardware package via Corteco for $200.
Keep in mind that previously I installed a quick strut but just looking to send them back to IPD. So I’m having no parts to reuse.
But looking at the parts I ordered I’m seeing that the bump washer disc isn’t included with this package. Is this disc really a necessary part? The foam bump itself seems to have a washer built in it already.

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Post by Georgeandkira »

There was a disc which "crumbled out of" a bump foam thing on one of my OE strut assemblies.
When I got to the other side the foam bumper wasn't as deteriorated and it held onto it's disc/washer. I overlooked it.
I reassembled that side without it and the height of the strut's center rod was clearly higher than on the side where I had installed said disc/washer.
All you might need to do is pick the disc/washer off the foam stuff.
I had to remove, recompress and include said disc/washer. The replacement struts had a built-in bumper function.
As I recall, the disc/washer engaged a shoulder and, as stated above, effected operational height.

I wasn't going to have an alignment done with my mismatched installation.
As it turned out, I never did have the alignment done. The car drove straight and my tires wore perfectly.
On that score you can make your own decision. People will be along to claim it has to be done.
I matched the relative positions of the lower 2 BIG bolts to the hardware involved.

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If you’ve got a tractor it’s much safer, like this guy

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Inspirational video of the longest order. Thanks

CUE: Jump to 7:00 for the real excitement. You'll thank me.

LESSON: Again, don't go anywhere without your big pinch bar.
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abscate wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:32 pm If you’ve got a tractor it’s much safer, like this guy
I hope that was a parts car he was destroying and not the car he was planning on fixing. I've done some pretty stupid things when I've gotten aggravated by a part that wouldn't come loose, but not enough to destroy the entire car like that. Is he going to use the chain with his truck to straighten the entire front clip now? What about the damage from yanking it off of the jackstands, and then pulling the car halfway across his neighborhood? :shock:

Maybe all he needed was one big pull from his truck, instead of the several light tugs he did. He did have it secured to the car by the other chain so he didn't need to be so gentle with it. :lol:

All joking aside, please don't ever attempt to do anything like that. Having a car fall off of jackstands can cause serious injuries.

Seriously, though, don't ever attempt that.
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You can look at you VIN plate under the hood by the fender and find the factory suspension codes which originally came on your car. Depending on the year it's either an 8 digit code or a 12 digit code. Here's the 8 digit code breakdown.
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Post by XC70Rider »

Just want to say thanks for the hints and suggestion on the suspension parts. :D

My wagon just reached 150k miles and all suspension is original minus the sway bar links. The Sachs quick struts might be low quality but they make the OE struts and shocks for us. Next March I'll be taking apart my assemblies and replace everything besides the springs.

I'll also rebuild all the original control arms with new bushings and ball joints.

I'll probably replace the engine mounts at the same time.

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XC70Rider wrote: Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:12 pm Just want to say thanks for the hints and suggestion on the suspension parts. :D

My wagon just reached 150k miles and all suspension is original minus the sway bar links. The Sachs quick struts might be low quality but they make the OE struts and shocks for us. Next March I'll be taking apart my assemblies and replace everything besides the springs.

I'll also rebuild all the original control arms with new bushings and ball joints.

I'll probably replace the engine mounts at the same time.

Sachs sells for aftermarket several qualities of struts. The quick struts are the cheapest ones. Then you have the Super Touring ones. And then the ones sold by Volvo and made by Sachs. All these have different quality and durability.

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oragex wrote: Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:51 pm Sachs sells for aftermarket several qualities of struts. The quick struts are the cheapest ones. Then you have the Super Touring ones. And then the ones sold by Volvo and made by Sachs. All these have different quality and durability.
FCP lists this Sachs strut as matching the Volvo 31200413 for $100

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo- ... c-30645640

Tasca sells the Volvo 31200413 strut just $14 more at $114

https://www.tascaparts.com/oem-parts/vo ... t-31200413

Since they're just $14 more I'll most likely get the Volvo 31200413 strut from Tasca.

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Post by volvomadness »

i picked up sachs from erie half the cost and lifetime guarantee. one was bad they gave me shipping to return and sent me another

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