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By mkc1962
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#8892
Jamal,

Thanks for all the continued info, and yes agree with all of it.
Ill do some searching on that topic about the Koni MOD. I myself have been comparing specs on units that range from 85-96 Sprint,Swift,metro, etc and have found a few that are near identical in all specs, just yet to try one. I am soon to remove one, break it down and get all the specs to see what I can create. I came up with a workable mod many moon ago for Carburetor Sprints near impossible to find MCS, posted on the old TS. IF that can be done, an alt strut is definately doable….looks like somebody’s gotta do it…update here if I do.

thanks again for chiming in.
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By Walt
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#8895
I rebuild my 1988 SA413GTi fronts struts.
With the same yellow koni’s I use for the SF series (1989-2002).
I do not know if they are available where you life :-/
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I did use a BC racing Baleno top mount that I had lyingg around.
Wich I adapated to fit the strut tower :laugh:

I have a look for the Koni part number ;-)

Did a cheap coil over from a mk1 Golf once for a friend.
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This was close to the drive shaft :-o
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By mkc1962
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Walt,
thanks for the details. Ok I see your just cutting down the OE and putting the Koni or whatever down inside the old OE housing, BUT, what is holding the insert into the tube? I have a similar OE setup on the front of my Porshe 911, but the top of the tube is threaded with a large threaded collar and acts like a compression nut on the insert.
Also in your comparison photo it appears your about 1″ lower than OE on the height, does your front end sit lower than usual, or are you doing something to make up the difference in height?

thanks, Mike
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#8901
The shock insert is hold in place with a bolt
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And some notches on top
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Yes the homemade strut is lower.
I also used some Cobra lowering springs.
For me its not realy low.
Hope you can see.
This is with 14″ SF413GTi wheels :-D
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By mkc1962
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Walt,
thank you very much for the continued input. Yes see clearly the bottom bolt setup. Not sure I have ever seen a shock/Strut with a bottom threaded bung like that, but no doubt its out there somewhere. Slick idea to use such in the cut down OEM tube. Gotcha on the shorter, and yes probably would not be an issue, just wanted to ask if you ran it that way or offset the height with something. Thanks again for the info.

Mike
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By jamalspelling
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#8915
Looks like Walt summed up that old TS post in a couple pics.
From the pics it looks like 86 2588SPORT
I was able to pull up on the web.
There you go. Thanks Walt
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By mkc1962
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#8917
Yes he did….good write up and pics…thanks for sourcing the part #, see them out there several sources. Still some more to do but will more than likely go this route. Thanks to you both for all the info.
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#8962
Hey so if Walt’s still reading, meant to ask what you’re running in the rear?

And for MKC1962, I did get the Gabriel’s and they’ve been in the back of my car
a couple weeks waiting for some spare time after work to swap them out.
I’ve been having some shimmy issues, and I’ve finally traced it down to
play in the coil spring. Not sure how this happened, as it was not evident
until I installed a new set of tires, I thought it was a tire issue and after buying
a couple new sets, determined I was on the wrong path until I discovered I could
move the front coil spring by hand with car at rest. New strut top mounts helped
a bit, but did not cure. These are custom coils, and perhaps a tad shorter.
When I put the new struts on I have some options as far as some spacers
to install on the coil spring hat to help take up the slack and/or some spring
isolator pads to also help remove freeplay. We will see how that works with
the new Gabriel struts.
But I did want to supply this link,

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-MONROE-VORN ... 4842385230

to you for struts available from Germany for about $200 / pair
which is a bargain. I remember paying almost $150 ea back in the day
for the KYB’s.
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By Walt
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#8971
I run a pair of Koni red shocks in the rear.
These are overhault :-)
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From a friend I know he used some Billstein Toyota Corolla rears ;-)
But I do not know what year :-(

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Good luck in the lock down :-/