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Old 06-16-2019, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Santaclaus4 View Post
It's my project car so I don't "need" to keep it totally stock. I'd like to keep it close to stock to keep it simple. The shocks and struts that are on it currently are totally worn out. I noticed it when I was replacing the front and rear suspension arms and ball joints. The struts have oil leaking and running down the whole assembly. The rear shocks have an oil smudge at the top so they are just starting to leak.
With all the new parts and new tires (and cooling system), I finally felt it was safe enough to actually drive. The shocks and struts are so worn out the car rode like a 1970's Chrysler. Lumbering and floaty.
I don't want to replace the springs, just the dampeners and I want it to be as "plug and play" as I can.
You are on the right track. Don't replace springs unless physically broken. They don't "wear out".
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