struts and shocks

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by dondallman, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. dondallman

    dondallman Junior Member

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    Can I change struts and shocks myself . special tools needed?
     
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    You can change the struts yourself but normally it requires special tools. Search on here for Patrick Wong's thread on how to change the struts on a Gen II.

    This actually needs to be in the Gen II section if your avatar is correct and you have a 2006 Gen II.
     
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    I have not done this on a Prius but generally you'll need a spring compressor and know how to use it. Good news is it's a free rental (with $$ deposit) from most auto parts stores and how-to vids are on youtube and numerous websites.

    An impact wrench really helps speed things up but not completely necessary. Good jack stands, necessary wrenches/sockets, and floor jack. Penetrating oil the night before is highly recommended on any rusty or dirty hardware.
     
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    On one of my Prius I put Sachs in front today. Put KYB in rear 40k ago.

    And another Prius I put KYB all the way around.

    Gonna compare soon...

    Anybody here done a head to head KYB v Sachs or have info about Sachs?
     
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    You don't need a spring compressor, if you buy the struts fully loaded.
    IT costs more, but you get new springs too. And, it is easier to change out.
     
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    Peter: If you are not buying KYB Excel-G then you are buying inferior product.

    In my head to head comparison of KYB Excel G vs Sachs I found KYB Excel G outperforms Sachs suspension. I have tested them head to head in two 3rd gen prius' Both have the same size tires, and alignment done after strut installation. I also installed shocks. KYB in one car, sachs in the other. I put new sway arm bushings and links in both. I have driven them both for a couple hundred miles minimum, at speeds up to 109mph. KYB is the clear winner in precise suspension. I am qualified to compare as suspension is of paramount importance as a racer. And I am a mechanic, ASE certified, not the shadetree kind. Up to you, buy what you want. Get Monroe, see if I care, but if you want the highest quality, KYB Excel G is the best I have found.
     
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