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View Poll Results: STi strut issues?
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:15 PM   #1
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:18 PM   #2
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No issues here (because I took them off after 300 miles and put them in the corner of my garage )
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:20 PM   #3
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I have JDM STi V8 Spec C take offs. No problems at all.
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Old 09-27-2005, 09:50 PM   #4
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JDM V8 Takeoffs with JDM pinks. No problems.
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:24 PM   #5
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Lets see- v7 STi sedan struts (w/ RA springs, Grp N tops) ~ 30,000 miles- no problems, v7 STi wagon struts (w/ STi wagon springs, Grp N tops)~ 10,000 miles - no problems, v8 wagon inverted struts (w/ STi pink wagon springs, Grp N tops) ~ 10,000 miles- no problems.

Knock on wood I've had no problem w/ any of the STi struts I've run (can't say the same w/ my old DMS inverted struts).

It's obvious the inverted design is more susceptible to stiction issues, but it sounds like w/ some lubing that much of the time it is alleviated.

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Old 09-27-2005, 10:53 PM   #6
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had my passenger rear strut replaced under warranty at 13k, problem started at 10k

no problems since
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Old 09-28-2005, 12:41 AM   #7
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I have JDM STi V8 Spec C take offs. No problems at all.
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Old 09-28-2005, 12:46 AM   #8
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US STi Struts, JDM pinks, no problems I know of.
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Old 09-28-2005, 02:06 AM   #9
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JDM Spec C take offs with Prodrive springs here, NO problem so far after 20000km but have put small grease nipples in the rears in order to lubricate them from time to time with white silicon grease!
Great solution!
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Old 09-28-2005, 03:22 AM   #10
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JDM Spec C take offs with Prodrive springs here, NO problem so far after 20000km but have put small grease nipples in the rears in order to lubricate them from time to time with white silicon grease!
Great solution!
Nice idea Jim. So did you just drill a hole and insert a grease fitting? Post a pic if you can.

My unscientific hobby theory is that after some time the area around the bushings/bearings that locate the inner strut lose their grease as its slowly wiped away. This bushing then starts to see some wear and the interface generates some and thestrut insert starts knocking. regular lubrication helps keep this area smooth and free. Just my theory.
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Old 09-28-2005, 04:50 AM   #11
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Exactly Arnie, this is what happens!
I drill some holes in the area between upper-lower bearings that keep in place the inner shaft and put small grease nipples.
As simple as that, I did it many times in friend's struts none of them has clunking problems so far and one has already covered 70000km!
Of course you should lubricate them frequently say 5-10000km ore every second service time with white silicon grease for suspensions.
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Old 09-28-2005, 07:31 AM   #12
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My left rear sits a little lower sometimes and clunks. I plan on lubing them to see if it helps. I get the feeling Subaru won't warranty the take-off struts on my 93 Legacy, even if they only have about 2k miles. Oh, they're v8 US struts and springs.

The grease fitting is a pretty neat idea.
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Old 09-28-2005, 07:36 AM   #13
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STi Version 5/6 struts, purchased new (for $240/set, which is what they cost before Subaru jacked up the price) in 2001, installed October of that year with matching STi springs.

Currently have about 85K miles on the suspension (124.5K on the car), and they've clunked since the very beginning. Primarily the right rear, though the left rear does it occasionally too.

Some people lately have said to try a white lithium grease to lube the strut shaft. It's temporary, and the problem returns, but this at least narrows it down more "officially."

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Old 09-28-2005, 12:27 PM   #14
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Sorry my mistake I also use lithium grease in the rears! ops:
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Old 09-28-2005, 12:54 PM   #15
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Version 7 STi RA springs, struts, tophats.

Zero issues.
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Old 09-28-2005, 02:41 PM   #16
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sti v8 spec takeoffs on an 03 wrx. After about 6 months I began hearing the dreaded right rear clunk... I jacked up the back end and re-greased the strut --good as new!! No clunk any more
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Old 09-28-2005, 02:57 PM   #17
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No issues here.
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Old 09-28-2005, 03:40 PM   #18
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no issues here w/ JDM pinks...
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Old 09-28-2005, 04:10 PM   #19
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Nary a peep with 25ishK.
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Old 09-28-2005, 05:36 PM   #20
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No issues with my usdm struts, vehicle purchased 3-05

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Old 09-29-2005, 08:46 PM   #21
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Old 09-30-2005, 12:56 AM   #22
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Myles' had 48k on his when he took his off and they were fine. The guy that bought his still has them and no clunking.

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Old 09-30-2005, 12:58 AM   #23
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Car purchased 8-03. Had NO issues till about 3-4 months ago then the fronts began clunking. Slight at first, but has only gotten worse. Is now at the point it clunk almost every turn at a speed >25mph. Car currently has ~31k miles on it.
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Old 09-30-2005, 03:56 PM   #24
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Yeah, my old struts had TONS of track time and city driving on them. Still going strong.

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Old 09-30-2005, 05:56 PM   #25
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25,000mi or so, v7 take offs, zero problems
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