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 Post subject: 97 strut question
PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:09 pm 
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I've been looking into buying the KYB GR2 struts for my 97 3cyl. I have found the struts, but the stores indicate that they fit the 89-94 modes, and not the 95-2001 models like mine. The older models use the struts with the following part numbers
Front Right: 232025
Front Left: 232026
Rear: 232027
Does anyone know what the part numbers are for the 95-01 struts?


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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:53 pm 
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These are for my '95. I trust the parts guy I got them from to be correct.

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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:49 pm 
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So the they have slightly different struts with the same part numbers? I wonder how you tell them apart, or if the same ones fit all models.


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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:01 pm 
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I can't answer that question but the guy I use I have been dealing with over 30 years and I can count on one hand how often he has been wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:23 pm 
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From what I've looked up, from KYB's website too, All the 89-01 metros use the same front struts.

Rears are different and there are no rear struts available from KYB from 95+ though.

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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
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Bah!

This info is all over this damn site...

Front to rear, the struts are the same... ;)

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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:35 am 
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The brake (flex) hose bracket is in a different place 89-94/95+ .
There are different part numbers for the different brackets. At least there were when I was looking them up.

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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:03 pm 
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The 95-01 models have the line retaining clip on the strut body in the front. It's not seperate like the older cars.

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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:38 pm 
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So are there different struts for the 95+, or just different mounting hardware to get? Forgive me, but it just seems I'm getting conflicting information.


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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
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It looks to me like the difference is a brake line clip that comes on the strut is not used on the newer model. The brake line mounts elsewhere.


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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
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Well if that's the case, than that's perfect I can just buy the struts and not have to worry.


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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
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That's what I did. As I said, the guy who I got mine from hasn't been wrong very often in all the years I've dealt with him.


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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:46 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
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Then when ordering when the two versions have the same part number, how can I tell if I'm ordering the correct ones?


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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:47 pm 
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Thanks for the pic Suprf1y, but which one is the 95+? Is it the one on the left? When we get confirmation I'll open my box and check and let epurvee know if my numbers I gave him are right. Then I'll go over to my buddy and tell him he was wrong (I love to do that because it doesn't happen enough) if they're not.


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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
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I believe the one on the right is the 95+

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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
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Fresh out of the box.
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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
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Looks like you got the early ones.

I'll trade you a carton of Players light, and a few double doubles for them :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
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No, that's okay. They can go on my 'vert. You missed the Bud can, BTW there's other things I purposefully left out of that photo that would be incriminating, remember I'm a B.C. boy. :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
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So is there anyway, when ordering, to make sure you know you are getting the right version?


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 Post subject: Re: 97 strut question
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Replaced struts on our 94 Metro this past April. Much better handling!

Before tearing it apart I checked all of the carton labels against the contents.

Discovered one of the box's struts contained the newer bracket location.

All the planning and double checking in the world can't prevent something like this... What do you do? Installed the right one and waited a few days. Even though it was special order the exchange was painless...this time!


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