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Strut Mounts
tr_guy79 Offline
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#1
The struts on the '85 are not locked into the towers... They are bolted, in but move aroun and clunk. The bushings on the topside look to be fairly new. I am not experienced in suspension work, and cannot find a blow up diagram, but I would assume there is a bushing that goes on the strut side of the mount. All I have been able to find is complete kits that have all parts. I do not want to pay $30 per side, when all it probably needs is $10 worth of bushings...

Any ideas?

Shane
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'87 - Range Roller 4* adv / 50 trim t04e / Ported E6 / Gutted Knifed intake / Stinger 3->2.5" / Adj. Cam Pulley / Warlboro 255

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tr_guy79 Offline
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#2
Anyone?????
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'87 - Range Roller 4* adv / 50 trim t04e / Ported E6 / Gutted Knifed intake / Stinger 3->2.5" / Adj. Cam Pulley / Warlboro 255

To Do: PIMP/MS2, FMIC, Bigger Inj
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vinnietbird Offline
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#3
I spent the money and bought new assemblies for each side from Autozone.Worth every penny.
1988 Thunderbird. No details will be given or spoken of.
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Chuck W Offline
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#4
The stock Tbird strut mounts are not serviceable.

Replace with an aftermarket type as suggested that use replacable bushings.
83 TC Clone, 80 Cougar XR-7, 85 Volvo 244 Turbo, AND 88 Scorpio
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tr_guy79 Offline
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#5
Yeah it looks like that is what i am going to have to do...

Tried pulling them apart today to see what is going on, and cant get the nut off the strut...

Whos genius idea was it to slot the top of the shaft as a means to hold it while undoing the nut... Horrible design... They are soaking in WD40 as we speak...

-Shane
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'87 - Range Roller 4* adv / 50 trim t04e / Ported E6 / Gutted Knifed intake / Stinger 3->2.5" / Adj. Cam Pulley / Warlboro 255

To Do: PIMP/MS2, FMIC, Bigger Inj
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5.0TurboCoupe1988 Offline
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#6
some struts have the shaft flattened to allow a wrench to fit. i use an impact wrench and hardly ever need to keep the shaft from rotating. if it still rotates with an impact, hold it from underneath with a gloved hand. if it's really stubborn and you aren't trying to save the struts, cut the plastic cover and clamp some vice grips directly on the shaft.
1988 TC 2.3/5-Speed, 148K
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tr_guy79 Offline
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#7
That is what i was expecting... No flat sides though... Just a slot cut in the end of the shaft, and since I will be reusing them, I will just have to weld up some sort of tool, and use a box wrench...
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'87 - Range Roller 4* adv / 50 trim t04e / Ported E6 / Gutted Knifed intake / Stinger 3->2.5" / Adj. Cam Pulley / Warlboro 255

To Do: PIMP/MS2, FMIC, Bigger Inj
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