Originally Posted by BradTank
Awesome write up! Thanks for taking the time to do this.
How did you feel about the ride before and after?
I need to just rebuild my entire suspension, I have around 145k miles and I plan on keeping the car for a while longer. I might as well just replace most of the other things while I'm in there. It's just hard to find a weekend to set aside and do it.
Thanks for the kind words. The car had 105K miles when I replaced the shocks - they were the originals that came with the car. With the old shocks, the front of the car dipped noticeably when I slam on the brake. The new shocks fixed that problem. I also noticed improvement on the steering wheel vibrations. I think the old shocks definitely had more "play" which allow the tires to have the mini-bounce off of the road surface (vibration). BTW, the car was never bouncy even with the old shocks.
Here are the pages from the repair manual on front strut replacement...