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Old 09-10-2006, 09:35 PM   #1
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I spent $2300 on these expecting them to be of good quality, thinking theres nothing like OEM fitment and with less than 1500 miles one of the struts is clunking . They are installed on my 04 sti and the car is not abused,tracked or raced!
Anyone know who to contact with some complaints?

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Old 09-11-2006, 12:34 AM   #2
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take it to your dealership. Those are supposed to allow you to retain all warranty blah blah.
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:03 AM   #3
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interesting. i was looking at buying these. keep us updated
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:32 PM   #4
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Keep in mind, '04 STis are known for having suspension clunking issues. All the bolts...including sway bar mounts, etc torqued properly? Who installed them?
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:39 PM   #5
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Check your swaybar endlinks.

Often times people will install the struts and re-install the link in the wrong position. A few good bumps later and the end link is bent.

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Old 09-11-2006, 02:33 PM   #6
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+1 for endlinks, thought it was a ball joint or bad strut.... 3 hours later I finally found it was just a loose endlink.
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:05 PM   #7
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Well after checking all the bolts ,etc.,I brought it in to the local subaru dealer(Metric) and they put it up on the lift and agreed that everything was torqued appropiately. What was clunking was the strut! So I gave it a shot and greased the shaft up with some white lithium grease and viola,no more clunking!
I guess since these are also inverted they are prone to sticking/clunking.
They do improve the ride substantially vs stock,prodrive springs and the JDM pinks,since thats what I previously had. Its just a poor design I guess since they need to be lubed.
Thanks for the input.
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:12 PM   #8
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glad it got worked out. U get white lithium anywhere or is it 'specialty?'
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:10 PM   #9
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you can get white lithium greese at any auto parts store.
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:25 PM   #10
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right on. I'll checka-check it
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Old 09-11-2006, 08:33 PM   #11
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it's not poor design, it's part of the install process. i installed them on a few sti's wheni was a subaru tech, it was in the instructions to lube the shaft . i remeber cuz i was laughing all day that my employer wanted me to lube a shaft
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Old 09-11-2006, 09:00 PM   #12
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good to know.
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Old 09-11-2006, 09:32 PM   #13
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"you gotta remember to lube the customer's shafts dammit!"
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Old 09-11-2006, 09:44 PM   #14
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I get the clunking on my stock rear struts. I have to lube my shaft at least once a month
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Old 09-11-2006, 10:48 PM   #15
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I get the clunking on my stock rear struts. I have to lube my shaft at least once a month
So.... In you opinion, is the strut shot? Or, are you saying that the strut is fine & the clunk, clunk, clunk is just a byproduct of the design?

Of course, I have the clunk, clunk clunk on my '04.
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I have the clunk on mine and want to take it to the dealer, it drives me crazy. If I lube the shaft am I good?
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Old 09-12-2006, 01:30 AM   #17
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I figure it may save you some time and hassle at the dealer.

Jack up the rear of the car (at the rear diff). Then slather on some white lithium grease (found at your local auto supply store) around the bottom part of the shaft, the shiny part under the dust boot. Kinda tricky because the springs and dust boot get in the way. I wear latex gloves and smear the grease on with my finger while wedging a long screwdriver in to hold back the dust boot.

Good luck!
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Old 09-12-2006, 08:52 AM   #18
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I dont recall ever hearing that you have to lube your struts in order for them to work correctly,its definately poor design! And to boot the STI factory adjustable coilovers dont even come with the dust boots,so they are exposed to all the road debris and therefore dry out quicker. Knowing what i now know I would have bought a set of bilsteins or ohlins.
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