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Hello Guys and Gals,
I have a 2001 Fozz that I recently found out, has leaking rear struts.. Before I pay the $650 to the dealer to replace them, I was wondering if there are direct replacement "complete shocks"a.k.a "quick struts" that are good for on/off road and that aren't to pricey, yet great quality.. And how hard exactly is it to replace the whole shock? Any way any help, advice would be much appreciated..
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Mike
 

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KYB GR-2's.
I'd help you put them in if you were just a little bit closer.
 

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Excuse me for maybe asking an obvious question, kinda not used to working with suspensions. But do those shocks bolt right in where the originals went or do they need some work, and possibly could one someone post a link to a picture/price? thanks. Also thank you for the offers to install them for me!! :) if you both were closer I would probably take up on them hehe!!
-mike
 

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The forester-specific KYB GR2s are designed as an OEM replacement struts and will bolt in just like stock.

Forester's dampers are struts -- other stuff bolts up to their bodies and affects alignment and other aspects of the car being able to stay on the ground. A shock is generally a type of a damper that can be removed without the car collapsing on the ground and affecting alignment.

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"Quick struts".... I wish it was an option to install something like "Speed +2" shocks...

Anyway, for the purchase I can recommend ajusa.com (overall good expereince with them, including warranty replacement), but you will probably find better prices at e-bay or other online parts retailers (google it). And you can always try to persuade your local shop to price-match :)
 

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Thanks for all the info guys, but I am still confused? They don't offer complete shocks that u just bolt right in, without having to swap parts?
 

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Thanks for all the info guys, but I am still confused? They don't offer complete shocks that u just bolt right in, without having to swap parts?
if you have normal gas struts in the rear then it's a direct swap. But I recommand buying atleast a dust cover because the old one is probely going to be ripped from age.
 

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I don't know what they are.? o.0 All I know is that the dealor said that my rear struts were leaking... I was just wondering if there was a "good" company that makes complete shocks" already assembled" that weren't too expensive..?
 

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Thanks for all the info guys, but I am still confused? They don't offer complete shocks that u just bolt right in, without having to swap parts?
We have macpherson struts. Theres a strut with a lower spring perch attached, and then a spring on that and then the tophat bolts to the top of the strut rod holding the spring in. When you buy a new strut, you're only getting the damper part. so you need to swap the spring and tophat to the new strut.

You can find OEM parts much cheaper. Some dealers have online websites (such as annapolis subaru) and have parts much cheaper than most local dealers. I found rear struts for 109$ each (can't remember which site).
 
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