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1 hour ago, donnot said:

Was looking into moly and copper based but ended up with the Bendix.

I used the Penrite Copper eze anti-seize grease on the slider pins. After last 2 road trips and about 6000 kms, I am intending to check the brakes pads and slider pins again. It is available at Repco.

https://www.repco.com.au/en/oils-fluids/greases-lubricants/greases/penrite-copper-eze-anti-seize-grease-500g-ceze0005/p/A9307309  

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9 hours ago, campbeam said:

I used the Penrite Copper eze anti-seize grease on the slider pins. After last 2 road trips and about 6000 kms, I am intending to check the brakes pads and slider pins again. It is available at Repco.

https://www.repco.com.au/en/oils-fluids/greases-lubricants/greases/penrite-copper-eze-anti-seize-grease-500g-ceze0005/p/A9307309  

Yep, definitely use this too. I used moly grease because it was on my shelf and didn't have anything else on the day. Seems to be working just fine.

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Finally made the effort and fitted new Sachs struts and King [standard height] springs. As expected, struts were a direct fit with brake and ABS hoses bolting onto the strut brackets. 

I did the rear struts yesterday starting at 8:45AM and finishing at 3:30PM including 45 minutes for breaks. Rear springs [KTRS-61] were actually lower than the OEM springs being replaced. I was able to compress the spring enough to start the retaining nut without having to use the spring compressors. Fair bit of time was spent/lost trying get the upper strut mount into position and start the upper retaining nuts.

After a break, I then replaced the fuel filter which had a few challenges and finally worked out well. Rear seat will be refitted tomorrow. 

Odometer reading was 225,675kms and struts being replaced looked like original OEM.

I did the front struts this morning starting at 7:50AM and finishing at 1:10PM including 25 minutes for breaks. Front springs KTFS-63 were the same height as the OEM springs being replaced. Definitely need the spring compressors to be able to start the retaining nut. Strut bearings were in good condition and were given some more lithium grease. It was a lot easier to get the upper strut mount into position and start the upper retaining nuts.

Using a rattle gun and another hydraulic trolley jack made the job a lot easier. 

Ride heights before and after are as follows:

Driver Front: 693mm / 713mm 

Passenger Front: 703mm / 727mm

Driver and Passenger Rear: 703mm / 718mm 

I went for a short test drive to a nearby roundabout on a service road. Wheel alignment looks to be the same based upon the driving wheel. I was not noticing that much of a difference in the handling until I realised that I was doing an extra 20kph through the roundabout. 

In summary, the struts definitely needed to be replaced. As expected, I am very pleased [initially] with the combination of the Sachs struts and King springs. However, I am more after a comfortable ride. 

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Awesome details there Ash TY, I am sure the more you drive it the more you will appreciate all your hard work mate

Keep Safe and May 2021 be a bloody great year for us all & may we be able to get about the open roads and breathe in the air safely

KAA

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Nice to see you tick those boxes Ash. Fiddly job indeed but glad to see it all worked out well. I would say that they were definitely due for replacement looking at your before/after data. Old ones had some sag for sure. Car should feel more planted and less wallow in the front. 

Fuel filter is also a PIA too. Glad it didn't give you too much drama.

By the way, are the Sachs painted black or some other colour ? I don't much like having those fancy red or yellow things protrude from angle of sight. OEM looks just fine.

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3 hours ago, Tony Prodigy said:

By the way, are the Sachs painted black or some other colour ? I don't much like having those fancy red or yellow things protrude from angle of sight. OEM looks just fine.

Sachs struts are painted black. King Springs are painted yellow. I am thinking about rechecking the ride height in a few weeks. Top of the coil is in a different position on the top rubber mount as compared to the OEM springs.

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2 hours ago, campbeam said:

Sachs struts are painted black. King Springs are painted yellow

Ok cool. I guess that's the signature colour for King Springs. Are the springs noticeable ? I say this because I don't like the bright colours standing out. Much prefer all black under there.

2 hours ago, campbeam said:

Top of the coil is in a different position on the top rubber mount as compared to the OEM springs

Interesting that. So is there a particular position the spring needs to be in or it doesn't matter ?

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1 hour ago, Tony Prodigy said:

So is there a particular position the spring needs to be in or it doesn't matter ?

Spring needs to be positioned in the base up against the indented stop position.

Top strut mount is then positioned as per the indicated arrow for the outer position. Following video at 2:33 shows this. On my front struts it was stamped outer with 1 arrow.

 

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