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Old 03-08-2001, 11:06 PM   #1
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Post Need parts/installation diagram for rear suspension

In regards to other people that saw my privious post about me jacking my suspension. I've decided to do the work myself.

My car is 1997 impreza L AWD 2.2litre.

I need the rear suspension diagram with/or part names/#'s. But mainly the diagram so I can see what peices go in what. If you guys could scan it and post it or send it to me that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanx a lot
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Old 03-09-2001, 04:01 AM   #2
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Check the MODS section for a step by step suspension install.

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Old 03-09-2001, 07:16 AM   #3
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Yeah, I remember your other post about the suspension. I think doing the work of swapping in the new/working parts is great, but are you sure you will be able to tell what parts need to be replaced? Is it obvious by looking?

This was the curb incident, was it not? If so, look for bending of the parallel links, check the crossmember, and of course, the struts (check shaft for bends and look for oil leaks around the seal). I doubt you actually damaged the spindle, they're pretty damn tough! However, the bearings would also be suspect, though you won't notice those for at least a month, unless they are REAL bad. Man, it would really be a lot easier to take it to someone that can scope the bearings, has the tools to remove and inspect the struts, etc. etc.
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Old 03-09-2001, 09:54 AM   #4
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What I did was, take it to a suspension specialist, He diagnosed what parts needed replacement. So I decided the parts that needed replacment weren't too difficult for me to install. But the bearings will have to be replaced by a mechanic
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Old 03-09-2001, 10:08 AM   #5
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Good plan. I would get the bearings scoped first, before you go and tell a mechanic to change them (the mechanic ought to have enough sense to scope them anyways before actually getting the parts and replacing them).
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Old 03-09-2001, 01:18 PM   #6
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just came back and picked up my car. I feel like I've been jyped a hundred bucks. All he said was that the strut was bent and the "rear stabilzer bar" was bent. He said he can't do anything else until I get those fixed. So the problem remains what else is wrong? I have no idea, and I wish I never took it to the stupid mechanic.

How the hell is the strut bent and he didn't notice if the arms being bent? There was not enought leverage at the bottom of the wheel to pivot the knuckle in a way that will have enough force to bend a steel strut. I can't see them bent, and what does the stabilizer bar have to do with the positive camber of the wheel. He didn't even notice the vibrations when going past 30 mph? This is really bugging me.


this is what happens when the mechanic thinks he know 100 times more than you about your own car. You can't argue because he'll say "We won't find out until we fix the obvious, but around 400 dollars should fix it." Man that is a load of garbage.
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Old 03-09-2001, 01:50 PM   #7
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Man, that really sucks. I hate shady mechanics...

Anyways, I wouldn't discount the possibility of the strut shaft being bent. I have bent the shaft of a stock strut on my RS, and I even managed to bend my two front KYB AGX's. Obviously, I have long since replaced these, but there was collateral damage, and it necessitated the replacement of the driver's side ball joint and steering knuckle too. Real PITA!

As for the sway bar, it's not entirely impossible for it to have gotten bent from the impact. Unlikely, but not impossible. I hope you hadn't invested in a nice one...

Obviously, with force coming inwards from the side like what you described in your other post, it is very likely that you bent at least one parallel link. I wouldn't worry about the trailing arm, it's pretty damned tough, and in a location that a lateral collision of that nature would be less than likely to effect it. Also remember that the crossmember will take a substantial part of the impact, and there is always a possibility of frame damage. I know, it sucks, but I've dealt with exactly this kind of stuff a couple of times, though it was always a collision that was NEVER my fault! No, seriously...

Do you have a digital camera? Feel like snapping a few shots of the rear underside of your car? If so, I would be interested to see what it looks like.
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Old 03-09-2001, 01:52 PM   #8
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Well working for a body shop I can tell you I have seem many times the strut get bent ans not the knuckle or the arms. The strut is not as strong as you might think, its just a hollow tube made from mild steel. One thing to make sure you do is replace the struts in pairs as the new one will have better dampining than the old one and can cause handling problems if only one is replaced.
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Old 03-09-2001, 06:12 PM   #9
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right, I'll take some pics. I have ver.5 struts and springs on order right now, that'll be the first thing I'll check and replace, as for control arms, they come out to about 100 bucks a piece. I might as well get the MRT ones. I stared and compared and could not see arm damage, but there is a whining sound and a nice vibration at 35 mph and goes away at 50+ and comes back. This could be a problem with the bearings loosing packing or just the tires being out of alignment.

I won't know until I replace the struts. Darn it when are they comming!
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