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New Guy needs Strut help.

Hi,
I'm kind of new around here having bought a '87 944 na Red a month ago. I've slowly been trying to get it better. This past weekend I was going to replace the shocks all aroud and bought some KYB's. The rears went in easy but when I pulled the fronts they were not the rebuildable one I expected but Sachs #944.343.032.17. Now for the question. Must I replace with Sacks shocks or can I get a pair of used struts from someone and just replace the inner core. Money is a big factor since I blew most of my play wad on buying the car. The car will be used as a semi-daily ride until winter when I hope to sand it down and repaint and do the tensioner belts.
Thanks for the help.
George
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Old 08-31-2004, 08:16 AM
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You haven't done the timing belts yet?
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You haven't done the timing belts yet?
I don't think that was the answer he was looking for.
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OK, but the way I read the post, he's a timing belt failure waiting to happen while looking at nonessential stuff like the struts. I'm asking the question to head off a potential "my car is dead" post that is followed by laments over how much it costs to fix. Better the belt first, then the rest of the car.
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I did my struts about 2 mos ago and they are NOT the rebuildable type. I got the BOGE OEM struts from 944online. Email any of the guys there or at pelican and they will tell you exactly what you need.
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Dont question dj yen! His fr wilk chip makes him a connoisseur.
o boy.... that is the LAST thing i want to be known as. ;-)
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The bills that came with the car show that the timing belts were done 25000 miles ago and the struts and shocks were so bad that when I pushed down on them in the evening they were still bouncing after braekfast.
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How long ago was 25k miles and what were the storage conditions. I'd still look into the belts.
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I just ran into the same thing on my 86 951. I had the non-rebuildable struts, and didnt want to drop 175 bucks each to replace them. I took the stuts off an 83 (with removable strut inserts), and bought strut inserts for them and installed them (much much cheaper). Only thing i had to do was notch the lower hole on the housing to make them slip into place. Another thing you need to look at is the condition of the upper strut bearing/bushing. I would be a little weary of buying used struts to be honest with you, as they may just fail again.
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