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Old 08-17-2018, 09:34 AM   #1
DTenGil
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Default Baja suspension issues, to sell or not

Hey all, first let me say, I love my Baja. it's a '05 Turbo automatic and it's been a great little truck for me. It's got 150k mi and is in overall good physical shape. I'm a typical weekend warrior, so I make the most out of the little bed. Too much in fact, and I now have to get suspension work done for the second time in 5 years (assuming because I overload the crap out of the bed). This, along with planning to start a family, has got the wife and I thinking we need to get rid of the baja to get a real pickup. We just got a hand me down mountaineer to use as a people/dog mover, so now I'm thinking maybe I can hang onto the Baja.

so here's my dilemma. do I fix up the baja or replace it with an actual pickup. Not looking to spend a ton of $$ (trying to have our first kid), so any replacement pickup would probably be closer to a weekend hauler. The baja needs 4 new struts, a new cv boot on one, and the exhaust flange has given out. If I do elect to get work done on it, can I replace the suspension with something more beefy to handle heavier loads? My dream would be to lift it a bit, heavy duty suspension, and a nice exhaust, but that's never going to happen for $1k. I'll get a local muffler shop to weld the exhaust back together and live with it, but what about the other stuff.

I appreciate any opinions / advice. While I'm not a car guy, I am pretty handy (and have access to two legit car guys), so I might consider turning this into a project over the winter if I can do any of this for a reasonable cost. What should I do?

thanks all,
Dave
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Old 08-17-2018, 10:39 AM   #2
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been doing some research this morning and all I'm finding are OEM struts. If I can't improve on factory, that may have made the decision for me. thoughts?
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Old 08-23-2018, 02:16 PM   #3
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My Baja started becoming a little bit of a money pit. Ended up replacing the transmission and drive shaft (twice). So now I'm considering selling.
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Old 08-25-2018, 08:44 PM   #4
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Paying someone to work on your high millage 13 year old car is never going to make financial sense.

Learn to work on it yourself, or buy something newer.
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Old 09-08-2018, 12:45 PM   #5
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decided on doing the work myself, that much is for sure. Guess there's no better parts than stock. May end up repairing and selling.
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Old 12-19-2018, 07:50 PM   #6
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I just did struts on my 2005 Sport a few months ago... I had to go with OEM. Which I was ok with as I got 200K out of the first set.
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Old 12-20-2018, 05:45 PM   #7
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Did you see anything on KYB excel-g shocks?
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Old 12-22-2018, 11:27 AM   #8
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Get some King Springs for the rear to handle your heavy loads. They’re made in Australia where Subarus get used properly. Also, buy the shocks from the Subaru dealer. They are better spec than straight KYB version (both made by KYB). Worth the extra $100.

Edit: WTH? This thread is 2 years old! Why was it at the top?
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:20 AM   #9
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Late to this thread but I replaced many of my suspension components and played around with lift kits and stuff.

Just get stock replacement stuff all around and it'll be just fine. There are different struts for different model years, some are an inch higher. So, if you want a mild lift, get the latter year struts; which I think you already had. Lifting it higher makes it drive much worse/less safe.

Just get stock new components, have an independent shop do it to save a few bucks if the dealership seems expensive. It'll drive nice.

As always, get the best tires you can for best performance/ride quality.
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