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Old 07-19-2015, 12:21 AM   #1
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Default 2006 sti strut clunk - replacement options

Hey everyone,

I bought an '06 sti that had strut clunk. I unfortunately didnt realize it at the time, but so goes life. The car had 50k on it at the time. I am now at 61k and am wondering what risk I am running at this point by not changing them.

I looked into the feal revalve and wouldnt mind going this route, but I noticed they mention they wont refund if your cores are damaged beyond repair. I am wondering about the likelyhood of that in this case?
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:09 AM   #2
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The likelihood is low, unless there is accident damage or lots of rust.
Feal is the way to go.
Better than new.
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:38 PM   #3
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IF you can't afford the downtime if their core program is depleted... You can always attempt to clean and regrease yourself.
The benefit to Feal is their ability to not only do that, but to also rebuild/revalve the struts to fix some common problems on that platform.
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Old 07-19-2015, 10:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input both of you. Appreciate it. Any risk in running these for a few thousand more miles?

Also, my understanding with switching to coilovers tends to come with a loss in longevity unless you are ready to spend $$$ for quality. Accurate?

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IF you can't afford the downtime if their core program is depleted... You can always attempt to clean and regrease yourself.
The benefit to Feal is their ability to not only do that, but to also rebuild/revalve the struts to fix some common problems on that platform.
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:38 AM   #5
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You can drive with them like that for a little while.

Coil overs can be great but you need to spend $$$$ on something worthwhile.

The Feal re-valve/re-build will give you fantastic performance and longevity at a fraction of the price of what you would spend on a worthwhile set of coil overs.
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:12 PM   #6
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You can drive with them like that for a little while.

Coil overs can be great but you need to spend $$$$ on something worthwhile.

The Feal re-valve/re-build will give you fantastic performance and longevity at a fraction of the price of what you would spend on a worthwhile set of coil overs.
Yup, i am with you on coilover cost. Have you had feal revalve yours? Also, i was quoted $585 for the labor to replace just the struts. Seems a bit high, but thought I'd ask for opinions on that as well.
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:42 PM   #7
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Yup, i am with you on coilover cost. Have you had feal revalve yours? Also, i was quoted $585 for the labor to replace just the struts. Seems a bit high, but thought I'd ask for opinions on that as well.

Not me personally, but Feal is on my short list of replacement options when the time comes for me. I would need to get a set of 04 STI struts to do it.

$600ish seems a bit steep just to install struts. Does that include a good alignment?
It's sometimes hard to say as each area has different labor rates.

Ask in your local chapter forum for shop suggestions in your area. They could also be better suited to say how pricing is in your area too.
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You can fairly easily re-grease your struts without replacing them.

I'm running RCE Blacks and Feal revalved struts and I can't recommend the combo. Not nearly enough damping. We have a bug-eye WRX set up this way except Ohlins (no longer available), and it handles and riders better than my similarly set up STI. Considering RCE T0s and T2's. Both are also running 25mm hollow bars and RCE (forged) camber plates.
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Yup, i am with you on coilover cost. Have you had feal revalve yours? Also, i was quoted $585 for the labor to replace just the struts. Seems a bit high, but thought I'd ask for opinions on that as well.
Is this labor in a shop or for the revalve?

If so, replacing struts, springs, tophats, etc.. yourself are not that difficult to do, as long as you have a buddy to help out. And there are quite a few DIY/How to on the interwebs for our cars on this.

I did my suspension with a buddy in my driveway; took us the better part of the day and a trip to the local parts/tool store (~5-6 hours total). But doing alot of these things myself have saved me some big bucks!
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Old 07-30-2015, 04:02 PM   #10
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@mheyman that's good info thanks.

@swollRX, that was labor in the shop.

I had a friend who is more mechanically inclined/experienced offer to to help me install coilovers. If I just went with the regrease, it seems like the process would be largely the same..but..do I need to be able to recompress the springs when I take the struts out?

Might be a stupid question, but the shop told me it would be $585 to install the revalves and $500 for coilovers because the springs are already compressed (hour of labor or so?)

Thanks for helping me sort this out. For now, I'd love to just regrease myself and run them for a few thousand more miles. If I need to change, I'm leaning toward BC Racing BR coilovers w/swift springs. Seems to be a pretty decent combination at an ok price.
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You can fairly easily re-grease your struts without replacing them.

I'm running RCE Blacks and Feal revalved struts and I can't recommend the combo. Not nearly enough damping. We have a bug-eye WRX set up this way except Ohlins (no longer available), and it handles and riders better than my similarly set up STI. Considering RCE T0s and T2's. Both are also running 25mm hollow bars and RCE (forged) camber plates.

Call Odi at Feal about the revalved struts.
Were they set up for those springs specifically? Was a mistake made?

If it's not right I'm sure they could make it so.

They have excellent customer service.


Also, you can't compare the Feal to Íhlins. The Íhlins are in a whole different universe than just about anything out there.
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@mheyman that's good info thanks.

@swollRX, that was labor in the shop.

I had a friend who is more mechanically inclined/experienced offer to to help me install coilovers. If I just went with the regrease, it seems like the process would be largely the same..but..do I need to be able to recompress the springs when I take the struts out?

Might be a stupid question, but the shop told me it would be $585 to install the revalves and $500 for coilovers because the springs are already compressed (hour of labor or so?)
You can probably "rent" for free a set of spring compressors from your local autozone, oreilly, advance etc... Usually, they kind of look like clamps. Typically they charge your card, and when you return it, they refund you the amount. Although, kind of like what mitch stated below, you ma just want to buy a set of cheapo harbor freight ones.

Google something along the lines of "WRX spring install" or "WRX suspension install" or similar and you should be able to find both forum detailed posts and videos for the install.

Again, I did mine with a friend, both of us decent greenish at-home mechanics, and we knocked it out in my driveway in a few hours with some basic tools (ratchet sets, wrench sets, breaker bar, cheater bar, torque wrench, rubber mallet, and few other odds and ends). The friend is there to help get the assembly in place (they are heavy and tough to guide alone), as well as help speed up the process with other side things.
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at harbor freight, spring compressors are $14. They'll last about 6 uses. It's a perfect single use tool
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:20 AM   #14
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Awesome, thanks everyone. I appreciate the insight and guidance. Sounds like I might get to spend the money on other things for the car 😄
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Good Luck, and please be sure to be familiar, comfortable and prepared with the process ahead of time. SAFETY FIRST, especially when dealing with springs under load, as well as general safety around your vehicle. Tell us how it goes!
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Old 10-24-2015, 11:55 PM   #16
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Hey all, ended up going with feal 441 gravel spec coilovers. Had they shop put them on because I impatiently didnt want to wait. Cost $485 with alignment.

Will be writing a review on these coilovers soon..so far so good though!
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