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Old 09-24-2006, 09:56 PM   #1
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Default The CORRECT OEM rear struts for the STi that won't knock

My rear struts didn't get loud and obnoxious until about 48,000 miles so I was well out of warranty. I decided to replace them myself but SW and North Gillman in Houston tried to sell me 4 year old struts off the shelf that were the defective ones that came in my car. They were part number:

20360FE851
20360FE841

They also offered the replacement ones that came out in early 04, they were part number

20360FE701
20360FE711

These are also defective and would have been clunking again in a few weeks.

I called West Houston Subaru and talked with Bruce. I had spoken with him before about getting floormats for my 04 STi and I explained to him that I did not want to buy defective parts and that the struts Gillman were trying to sell me were so old that the tape on the box was DARK ORANGE. Bruce explained that those sets of part numbers had been supersceded by the new units which would not be defective and clunking again in a few weeks. These CORRECT part numbers were

20360FE852
20360FE842

They are made by KYB like the ones that came on my car and so far they have been completely quiet and much improved the ride of my STi.
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Old 09-24-2006, 10:57 PM   #2
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This is good info.
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:50 PM   #3
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Thanks! I was really excited to get ahold of a dealership parts person that was interested in helping me fix the problem with my car as opposed to some theif that was trying to sell me parts that Subaru had recalled just so I would come back in a month or two to buy more known-defective parts.

Honestly my car has much less push in the corners now and the ride is much smoother, not to mention the lack of road noise/strut clunk.
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Old 09-26-2006, 01:07 AM   #4
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tell me how it goes later on...
i just placed a order on helix dna coilovers, wish u wouldve posted this up sooner

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Old 09-26-2006, 03:35 AM   #5
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They'll start to clunk too.
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Old 09-26-2006, 05:16 AM   #6
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They'll start to clunk too.
yeah, not to be negative, but while they wont knock as fast, they will knock. Its soooooo patchy to be honest man.....my 04 delived in 5/03 has never knocked. I sold them to a guy who still has them, with over 90k on them, and the ones on my car now which were on Still Will's car, dont knock..both super early 04 cars( bought in 2003)................so it really depends.

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Old 09-26-2006, 08:21 AM   #7
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Ya, I got mine 7/3/03 and they were quiet until about 40k miles then not loud intil like 50k.

Have you tried the 3rd round of struts? I honestly hope they don't obviously but seriously this isn't rocket-science so in 3 plus years the manufacturer has got to be able to remedy this.
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Old 09-26-2006, 11:40 AM   #8
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Ours was purchased in 8/03 and were quiet until 50k or so. I disassembled them and regreased them and they are fine.
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Old 09-26-2006, 01:26 PM   #9
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While waiting for replacement ones, folllowed advice of here - jacked up car, lifted strut cover, slapped on a hand ful of grease. Dropped car.

Problem fixed in 2 mins - wonder how long it will last.
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Probably only a few weeks at best.

When I say regrease, I mean completely disassembling hte struts and regreasing the voids in the strut bodies.
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While waiting for replacement ones, folllowed advice of here - jacked up car, lifted strut cover, slapped on a hand ful of grease. Dropped car.

Problem fixed in 2 mins - wonder how long it will last.
That was Tony that took them apart and regreased them. As I was short on time (always am) I would do the external clean and regrease as part of my every other oil change routine and that seemed to work just fine.

Tony and I are really curious to see how long they stay quiet no that he's done the uber-lube job.
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