Originally Posted by flatfourtastic
Hi folks, i have a Y reg sud ti with badly pitted front damper rods, my struts are the type with nut and screw on the bottom of the legs, with a circlip retainer beneath nut.
Is there a special tool needed to allow insert removal on these struts?
Ive also read here of some of you purchasing inserts to then find out they are too long for the casings.
I'd like to avoid that scenario and wish to know if its worthwhile continuing with sourcing inserts and the complications of fitment that i may encounter, or if the later Alfa 33 struts which might be easier to find new would fit my car.
Also, would i be able to retain my existing top mounts with the 33 type struts?
I work in a motor factor and the only inserts i can find are Monroe ones (part no MR945)
which i'd be happy to use if correct, Boge has discontinued theirs.
not sure about that part number, doesn't look anything like a sud strut from their website
Monroe Original Shock Absorber (Pair) P/N MR945
if you have the early type struts, or ones that have been converted, then the nut at the base simply holds the insert in place. undo that and the insert can be lifted out.
not sure where you'd get replacement ones though.
33 ones are no good to you, they didn't bolt at the bottom of the casing to hold the insert in place.
you can't use the whole leg either as the bolt pattern where they join the hubs is different, as is the later sprints that use the outboard brakes.
i mentioned a while ago about getting some inserts that were the wrong length, but that was the wrong application that i was trying to get fitted.
koni inserts are about your best bet i would think, available for about £100 each.