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Rock Auto has the struts in two places, under "Strut" and "Suspension Kit"...

 

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Plan to get them at rockauto. Anything weird or curveball about this job?
It's not terribly difficult. Removing the struts and getting the "hat" off the old strut were the hardest parts for me. If you've done a set of struts before, it's not much different.
Some people prefer to use a clamp-like tool to hold the strut for removal, I found a sparkplug socket worked great. Take your pick.

Here's the thread where I did mine.
 

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Right. I just ordered strut and the 2 other parts. I didnt see what "suspension kit " was . What is it?
 

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I've dropped the struts to change the springs on my 2015 Pure, but I've yet to pull a strut out of the hub assembly. Anyone have any comments on that procedure?
 

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Rock auto didnt have springs. Anyone have a source? I saw it on here long ago but cant find it now.
 

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I've dropped the struts to change the springs on my 2015 Pure, but I've yet to pull a strut out of the hub assembly. Anyone have any comments on that procedure?
On the 451 it helps to spread the clamp of the knuckle open where the strut goes into it, but the real answer is to push it out from the bottom. If you have a hydraulic press, you're golden and it will be quite easy.. If a press is out of the question, you can use a hammer. Try not to beat on the shock itself, use a block of dense hardwood or similar because if you bash the metal on the strut with the hammer, you'll mushroom it and make it harder to remove. Patience is key with suspension because just about everything is rusty.

Rock auto didnt have springs. Anyone have a source? I saw it on here long ago but cant find it now.
The thread I linked above has part numbers. I ordered all of my parts from eBay, RockAuto, and mbonlineparts.com
 

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Downtown which utube vid did you watch? The guy with the yellow car?

Also is it cheaper and or easier or smarter to buy the whole strut/spring together? I already have the struts and mounts.
 

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Downtown which utube vid did you watch? The guy with the yellow car?

Also is it cheaper and or easier or smarter to buy the whole strut/spring together? I already have the struts and mounts.
Downtown which utube vid did you watch? The guy with the yellow car?

Also is it cheaper and or easier or smarter to buy the whole strut/spring together? I already have the struts and mounts.
Downtown which utube vid did you watch? The guy with the yellow car?

Also is it cheaper and or easier or smarter to buy the whole strut/spring together? I already have the struts and mounts.
Yes, I remember the cat. The ratchet and socket worked well. I did not need to make a special socket. A regular socket and PB Blaster worked for me.
 

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Downtown been reading the thread you linked to. I found oem springs on ebay for $126 for the pair. Is the consensus that they are inferior or that a closely priced aftermarket is better? I want to stay with stock height since the roads around here are like a missile testing site.
 

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Also I ordered the mounting (donut?) for the struts. Are there any other parts I'd want to replace? Are there bump stops that are probably gone?
 

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Downtown been reading the thread you linked to. I found oem springs on ebay for $126 for the pair. Is the consensus that they are inferior or that a closely priced aftermarket is better? I want to stay with stock height since the roads around here are like a missile testing site.
Depends on the springs, I would stick with known and trusted brands (Sachs, Eibach, etc). They cost a little more, but typically only a little and I would avoid any used ones.

Also I ordered the mounting (donut?) for the struts. Are there any other parts I'd want to replace? Are there bump stops that are probably gone?
There's a bearing that often comes with the donut, make sure that's included.
Pay close attention to the order of parts as you dismantle (I take pictures as I go) and reassemble in the same order. It sounds trivial and obvious, but I know how easy it is to get lost in the work, get distracted, then come back and wonder what order the pieces went in.
 

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So my current question is whether $126 is a good deal for a pair of brand new OEM springs?
Also thank you for all the help. It is appreciated.
 

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Sometimes the strut gripping tools slip and don’t have enough torque to get the top bolt off. If that happens, I’ve used a Dremel or grinding tool to carefully remove metal from the strut bars to make flat spots that fit an open-end wrench. It takes time and patience, but it’s more productive than trying 100 different ways to get the strut gripping tools to grab more tightly.
 
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