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Does anyone know if you have to compress the front strut spring to remove the strut? I know you do when you change the strut cartridge but all I want to do is replace the top strut bearing/insulator.

The reason I ask is Monroe makes a Quick Strut that includes all parts that does not need to be compressed when installing(at least I don't think you have to)when you do a complete replacement. Thanks!
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Register on www.kiatechinfo.com and you can view an online workshop manual in the shop section to check out the info you need. You don't need spring compressors to remove the strut, but you need them to replace the insulator/ bearing. See attachment. You have to use the compressors when replacing the strut insert.
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Thanks for the info! Exactly what I was looking for.
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Although the springs on your sporty are tighter than mine, I didn't use compressors to take them off, just be VERY careful when lowering the A-arm, there is a butt-load of tension on those springs.

"Does this part need to be in there?"
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You can get the strut/spring unit out without compressors but then you need them to disassemble any further safely. there would be not much worse than copping a spring to the head, ouch.

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