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Old 04-02-14, 09:49 AM   #136
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OK, so I put the strut back on and broke the nut loose - excellent tip! I wish I had I thought about that before

Now I have a new problem. The bearing has a reddish colored bit on one side (even the new one), it feels a bit rubbery. When the driver's side came off, with the posts on the ground (basically looking at the mount part that faces the spring mount/ground) I could see this reddish, rubbery ring. I thought that was the proper orientation of the bearing (red side "up"). When the passenger side came apart, this was reversed: the reddish part was "down" (facing the sky when installed). There was also a whole bunch of grease around everything, which at first I thought was because the shock was leaking, but now I'm not sure.

If you look at the picture, the top two are of the different bearing orientations as they came out of the vehicle, with the new bearing for clarity. The bottom two are of the bearing from the side at slightly different angles. The side without the reddish bit is flat/concave, while the other is a little rounded. Which way is the correct way to install? Does the red bit face the sky when installed in the vehicle (which means the other side is "up" when putting together) or is it the opposite? Also, do I need grease between the mount and spring seat?

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Old 04-06-14, 05:31 AM   #137
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Old 04-06-14, 11:06 PM   #138
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One more thing I forgot to add ...

After bouncing, the final torquing of nuts and bolts, should be done in loaded (not jacked up position. You can use another jack to compress the springs a bit.

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Hey Lex, thanks for the great walk through on the strut replacement job. I've done shocks and coil springs before and this gives me confidence to do the back struts on my wife's 99 RX300

Just to be clear for the plastic tubing used to replace the spring insulators, the Inside diameter is .75 (A.K.A 3/4 inch)?? Home depots sells 10 foot rolls of 1 inch OD x .75 ID plastic tubing for $18

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Old 07-26-14, 05:00 AM   #140
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Just to be clear for the plastic tubing used to replace the spring insulators, the Inside diameter is .75 (A.K.A 3/4 inch)?? Home depots sells 10 foot rolls of 1 inch OD x .75 ID plastic tubing for $18

Regards, Chet
You could you 3/4" ID- 1" OD tubing...

I used 5/8" ID-7/8" OD tubing i found at Home Depot and it fit as well.

I had them cut from the bulk roll, you need less than 2 feet per spring just enough to cover the lower coil.
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