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Old 07-19-2007, 02:53 PM   #1
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Default wrx alignment - advice?

My son has an 02 wrx with 130k miles on it. A rear strut failed about 18 months ago, and we had Conti replace it and do an alignment, but we didn't replace the other three. The car became noticeably out of alignment(drove poorly) a few months later so we took it back in. Conti had to add a camber plate to give enough adjustment to set it up correctly. It drives well now, but just a few months after the last alignment it is wearing tires unevenly and quickly. My son says he hasn't had any major curb encounters or anything else that should have tweaked the alignment.

My question: We're planning to take it to Conti for another alignment, but should we consider changing out the other three struts first? They're not showing any symptoms of failure like the one did (a loud clunk with every compression), but they obviously have a lot of miles. I have some fairly low mileage used ones that I can install.

Sorry for the long post. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.
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Old 07-19-2007, 02:59 PM   #2
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I'd change the other struts, at least the other rear one.
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Old 07-19-2007, 03:58 PM   #3
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The symptoms may only happen when on the roads, doesn't really mean you will see leakage. Yes, you should replace both of each end of car if you are going to do any at all. If one is healthy and strong, it will not dampen the same as the older ones and will cause unstable behavior when going down the road, causing uneven wear on tires.
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:56 PM   #4
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go aftermarket on the struts if ur gonna replace them...someone in town has a set of kybagx's for ur son's bugeye...brand new even! (it's not me...but i do have a set on mine and really like them)
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:38 PM   #5
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Thanks, guys. Good info.
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:49 PM   #6
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go aftermarket on the struts if ur gonna replace them...someone in town has a set of kybagx's for ur son's bugeye...brand new even! (it's not me...but i do have a set on mine and really like them)

+1, Call Tony @ FATS. 561-4721. Tell him Justin from Sterling sent you.
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