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thinking out of the box.. strut question


 
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Post: #1   PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:40 pm    Post subject: thinking out of the box.. strut question Reply with quote

okay.. i'm out of my zone of experience

i have a srt4.. and stock replacements are $600 from rock auto, and they suck, 75k miles and blown again (need a 4th set)

physically the 2nd gen strut perch is 1/2" lower.. ebay new $136 shipped

--- so forget that ---

application -- drag racing, dd (25k/yr)
any cheap neon struts that have a high dampening rate
(if that's whats important)

questions
1- test results (damping factor) of cheap 2gn neon struts
2- math,whats important
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Post: #2   PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could run regular neon struts, you would just have to run a smaller tire size. Which for drag racing could mean a sacrifice in traction.

The other alternative would be Raceland coilovers, if you don't want to spend for name brand $800 to $1200 - up coilovers.
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Post: #3   PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

in terms of struts, for performance you could go with tokico HP blues or the koni orange STR.T struts. they would be better valved to deal with a harsher environment.

these are about 450 and 350 respectively IIRC

like OD said above racelands which are about 350 and the BC coilovers which were like 900 last time i checked...

Stock replacements are always going to be expensive so i would avoid those. you should be able to get some basic ones on ebay for like 200 per 4 struts
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Post: #4   PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know im in your same shoes right now. I can get set of SXT for 166 ... But im not drag racing never have. Its just a daily driver is all. So why would i have to worry about traction ? i get on it here and there but thats it.
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Post: #5   PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If staying with struts, I would say go with the Koni STR.T, but it appears from their website, that they only offer the yellows in a lowering kit/Eibach springs now, and for the cost, you may as well go with coil overs.


I wouldn't recommend Eibach springs either.

http://www.koni-na.com/en-US/NorthAmerica/Products/Cars/List/?t=KoniPartSearch&q=2004&m=268&mk=13&mt=1

Also if going from production numbers/actual SRT-4's left, the aftermarket stock type pieces are going to dry up faster than regular neons. Why would you stock stuff that you may have a tough time selling?

It's going to be like the 2.7 Stratus clutch: Finding an aftermarket stock application replacement clutch is all but impossible. Even with the surge in demand of neon owners buying them, they still let the supply run out, and dropped them like they were nuclear waste. No one wanted to get stuck holding a bunch of clutches.
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