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 Post subject: HELP QUICK PLEASE!!!!
PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2001 3:22 am 
Hey, i need a front strut for my car and quick. I am looking for a used one cause it is being modified and i wrecked one so i am without a car. I need to know what other models/years will fit. Will a Swift GS fit? or a metro? or any of those? I am going to the wreckers in the morning cause i don't want to tell the wife i modified my strut wrong <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <br>Thanx in advance for any help that someone or anyone may have to offer.<br> <p><a href="http://members.home.net/imstaying">My GTi Page<BR><BR><BR><a href="http://members.home.net/imstaying"><img src="http://members.home.net/imstaying/images/my_gif.gif"></a></img></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2001 7:27 am 
Roger any GS, metro , sprint will bolt in. The only difference is were the brake line goes to the strut ,some mount high and others mount lower.Also valving could be differnt.<br><br>At some point you will have to start traning your wife on how this car stuff works so she can be more under standing <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START ;) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/wink.gif ALT=";)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <br><br>Lars <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2001 5:25 pm 
Hah, nice answer Lars.<br><br>I'd agree a strut out of a Firefly or Metro<br>will fit but might be the wrong valving.<br>(probabally crappy Monroe struts compared<br>to the stiffer KYB's - just a wild assed guess)<br><br>ALSO, even if the strut you get to replace the<br>bad one with is identical to the other side<br>strut in your car, it will be mismatched as far<br>as mileage/wear goes.<br>What I mean is, when doing struts you always<br>should replace both left and right sides at the<br>same time. If you don't the handling WILL be a bit<br>funny.<br><br>Good luck!<br><br><br>Darryl <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2001 2:46 am 
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got any more friends going back to Saskatchewan? I'm sure I've got some stuff lying around, even some with low kms off of a GS, or even some brand new ones valved for the 3 cyls.<br><br><br> <p><br><a href="http://www.teamswift.net"><img src="http://members.home.net/2832075173/pics/Swiftafter1c.jpg"></a></img><br>Kyle Jones <b>1989 Suzuki Swift GTi</b><br>Your friendly TeamSwift Op.</p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2001 7:20 am 
Roger I have a low km matched set for free , if you want them I could put them the bus . they are from a gt.<br><br>Lars <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2001 5:47 am 
Thanx for the help everyone and all the info. I did find stuts at the wreckers and here is what i found out. Struts off of anything other than a Swift GTi will work BUT the mount for the brake line clip is in a totally different spot and the coil is not rated the same. What will work and is identical though is a strut from a Metro 4 door sedan.<br>I got the problem with the wife all straightened out and she even wanted me to go work on it today. <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <br>Here is what my new strut setup looks like:<br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.members.shaw.ca/imstaying/images/bag2.jpg">www.members.shaw.ca/imsta...s/bag2.jpg</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.members.shaw.ca/imstaying/images/bag5.jpg">www.members.shaw.ca/imsta...s/bag5.jpg</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--> <p><a href="http://members.home.net/imstaying">My GTi Page<BR><BR><BR><a href="http://members.home.net/imstaying"><img src="http://members.home.net/imstaying/images/my_gif.gif"></a></img></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2001 8:18 am 
Wow, that's some hardcore modification there!<br><br>Darryl <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2001 3:04 am 
Hey, yah it took a little bit but just about all the bugs are worked out now. Here are some more pics if anyone is interested in viewing. Some are a little blurry and some are not great quality but you can get the idea. I figure that running with the bag fully deflated is like having around a 5 inch drop and fully inflated gets me about 4 inches above my stock ride height. My tires actually tuck about 1.5-2 inches up in the fender well when it is all the way down.<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://members.shaw.ca/imstaying/images/bag_green2.jpg">members.shaw.ca/imstaying...green2.jpg</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://members.shaw.ca/imstaying/images/car_0001.jpg">members.shaw.ca/imstaying...r_0001.jpg</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://members.shaw.ca/imstaying/images/car_0007.jpg">members.shaw.ca/imstaying...r_0007.jpg</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://members.shaw.ca/imstaying/images/car_0011.jpg">members.shaw.ca/imstaying...r_0011.jpg</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://members.shaw.ca/imstaying/images/car_0013.jpg">members.shaw.ca/imstaying...r_0013.jpg</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://members.shaw.ca/imstaying/images/car_0017.jpg">members.shaw.ca/imstaying...r_0017.jpg</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--> <p><a href="http://members.home.net/imstaying">My GTi Page<BR><BR><BR><a href="http://members.home.net/imstaying"><img src="http://members.home.net/imstaying/images/my_gif.gif"></a></img></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2001 3:27 am 
Roger that is pretty cool!<br>Do you buy the bags that are holed to fith the<br>struts through, or doid you have to cut holes<br>in the top and bottom of the bags to fit them?<br>We sell bag system at my work for towing etc.<br>and I've never seen sets with holes in em<br>before.<br><br>Oh, extra points for having the bags remotely<br>inflatable.<br><br>Darryl <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2001 7:39 am 
Hey, i bought a regular bag and had to drill 2 holes in each. Let me tell you though that it isn't as easy as one might think. You have to weld them VERY slowly or you will melt the seal between the metal top and bottom plate and the rubber. They are remotely inflatable as well. I have an onboard compressor and a 5 gallon tank. I also have electric selenoids on order which will let me control each corner individually.<br>I have been really hammering on the suspension to see what the differences are. And this is what i came up with. At all the way down it is like i am driving on ice with 5psi in my tires. At full it gets air every time i hit a bump no matter what size but at about 1 inch below stock hight it rides nice and i can corner VERY hard with little body roll. And at any combination i get tonnes of weird looks. <p><a href="http://members.home.net/imstaying">My GTi Page<BR><BR><BR><a href="http://members.home.net/imstaying"><img src="http://members.home.net/imstaying/images/my_gif.gif"></a></img></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2001 8:29 am 
Wow, that's some real nice work!<br>Why did you do this to your car? I mean what<br>was your motivation for doing it?<br>How much have you sunk into this mod?<br>What direction are you planning on taking the car<br>now that it has these 'bag on it? Street/show?<br><br><br><br>Anyways kudos for the weird shit Roger.<br>I think you've topped most of the kooks here!<br><br>Darryl <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2001 12:24 pm 
Hi, my motivation was that i had a mini-truck but ran into some problems with it so i couldn't finish it. Then i got my swift which seemed to be a great car so i didn't want to give it up and wasn't sure if i wanted to buy another vehicle just yet to "do up". Then a friend of mine from Calgary started a branch of a car club in Saskatoon and asked me to be a founding member. And you can't be a member without some sort of mod. We had the bags just sitting around so i am into it so far for about 125 dollars Canadianfor lines and fittings and odds & ends. It is going to be a show car hitting alot of Events and some in the states as well. I still plan of turboing it and i still plan on driving it no different than i already do...i will just be driving it at altered heights<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> Also someone told me that i couldn'g make an air strut that would hold air. So with that i naturally had to do it and let me tell you, he was just about right. It was hard.<br>I will keep you updated as to how it goes. I am shaving the handles and emblems and all body lines in the next month or so and it is going Lime green with a tweed interior.<br>I can just imagine the faces some people are gonna make when they read this. HAHAHA<br> <p><a href="http://members.home.net/imstaying">My GTi Page<BR><BR><BR><a href="http://members.home.net/imstaying"><img src="http://members.home.net/imstaying/images/my_gif.gif"></a></img></p><i></i>


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