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Old 12-16-2012, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by jhkim
The rod still looks shiny so that is good news.
This means nothing more than that the piston rod chrome hasn't flaked or pitted. It does not mean the damper it's connected to is still good.
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How bad is this if I don't replace the cover?
Your ride quality won't be what it's supposed to be without it.
To replace the bump stop requires dissembling the strut a bit. By the looks of the wear shown in the pic, the front end could probably use some TLC all together. The stops normally don't get pulverized like that unless the dampers have been completely neglected for some time.
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