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  1. Hi All. I want to put new front struts in my 97 D'elegance this year but have a issue. I have new struts, springs, bellows, bumpers, mounts, and bearings. But I cannot find the rubber at the base of the spring. I want to assemble the new struts so I can just install them in the spring. Anyone have any experience here with this? IIRC I need the upper spring seat and insulator. Believe I have the lowers I may have asked before but am still stuck. Thanks all
  2. Installed new front struts today in my 2002 Deville DTS. Just wanted to give a few tips I learned the hard way to anyone else doing this. I used Monroe preassembled struts with springs. I replaced the factory electronic adjusting struts with passive struts and I am quite pleased with the ride. I don't drive a luxury car like a race car so I might have lost some of the sportiness but nothing huge that's noticeable to me. The preassembled strut saves a lot of headache and time of using a dangerous and bothersome spring compressor. And the price was actually cheaper than buying a strut and a strut mount/bearing. The Monroe replacement struts are slotted/elongated at the bottom bolt hole to the knuckle to allow for camber adjustment which stock struts are not adjustable. I did not know this until I had the passenger side reassembled and looked at the tire and it was extremely cambered out. After some head scratching and comparing the removed strut to the uninstalled new strut I could see the bottom hole size. Basically to match the camber angle I used a phone level app and put my phone against a 2 foot level and read the angle. When installing the new strut I snugged up both bolts to the knuckle and then put level on wheel hub with my phone and used a small pry bar to get correct angle. Tightened bolts and torqued to spec. I also cut the wires for the electronics at the old strut and soldered in a 4.7k ohm 1/4 watt resistor and covered it in water proof heat shrink then reinstalled wire into the holders it was originally in. Seemed a lot easier than cramming my hand into a small space between inner fender and the engine to unplug the wire and then jam a resistor in the plug. I got an alignment afterwards and the camber was within spec so my method worked for me. Only the toe was out a bit on the left side. But that's nothing install related. I've driven about 200 miles on new struts and have no complaints. The ride is smooth and it's so quiet now with out a noisy strut mount and 1 strut was clanging/banging due to all fluid leaked out and strut was blown. Good luck to anyone who does this install.
  3. I am considering getting new struts for my '97 DeVille (base). As far as I know, I have the FE1 softride suspension. Actually, as far as I know, all DeVilles have the FE1 softride suspension, unless they have the active suspension (Concourse only). Rockauto has the following ACDelco options: ACDELCO Part # 503671 More Information About this Part {#19294357} PREMIUM GAS CHARGED STRUT,FRT SUSP LEFT HAND; 4 DOORS; EXC ELEC ADJ SUSP * Stocked in outlying warehouse--shipping delayed up to 5 business days $79.99 ACDELCO Part # 503672 More Information About this Part {#19294359} PREMIUM GAS CHARGED STRUT,FRT SUSP RIGHT HAND; 4 DOORS; EXC ELEC ADJ SUSP * Stocked in outlying warehouse--shipping delayed up to 5 business days $79.99 ACDELCO Part # 505525 More Information About this Part {#22064723} STRUT,FRT SUSP LEFT HAND; w/SOFT RIDE SUSP(FE1) or SUSP(6LR) $136.89 ACDELCO Part # 505526 More Information About this Part {#22064724} STRUT,FRT SUSP RIGHT HAND; w/SOFT RIDE SUSP(FE1) or SUSP(7LR) $142.79 My question is: can I use the cheaper struts? It does not say FE1 explicitly, but what else could it be? Is there a risk that they are FE3 (sport)? I would like to keep my soft ride. Is FE3 sport a passive strut that is just stiffer, or is FE3 the active strut that went with the F45 road sensing chassis? I have trouble finding this information. Any help would be appreciated, as always! /Jonas
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