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I just ordered my Suspension from RockAuto!

I compared RockAuto's price to Advance Auto Parts and Oreilly's and RockAuto was like almost $90 cheaper than Oreilly's and $150 cheaper than Advance Auto Parts. Even though I am paying $27 for shipping it is still cheaper.

I also used our Forum Discount and that also saved me almost $20.

I bought 2 of the Monroe 171920 Sensa-Trac Quick Struts and 2 of the Monroe 37110 Sensa-Trac Shock Absorbers.

Monroe has a rebate program till the end of this month. I am eligible for a $70 rebate.

My 1998 Windstar has 133k on the original suspension now so this should be a BIG improvement!
 

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You might want to consider front wheel bearings also with that many miles on it..
I've just replaced 2 wheel bearing, both lower control arms, Tie Rod ends,Rack & pinion,Last fall I replaced all struts & shocks. & 1 half shaft. Still have to do the other half shaft.. Currently replacing the intake gasket & rebuilding power steering pump. All on my 98 windstar. 150,000 miles.
 

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I am only replacing wore parts. So far nothing else is wore. I know for sure my tie-rod ends are all good and so is my rack.

I may have 1 bad rear bearing.

My shafts are a little wore but not that bad.
 

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I only mentioned the bearings because the normal chain of events is.Once you start replacing things. It's seems to be a never ending saga... With me it started with the rack & pinion. I had to change it. It leaked so bad. I would go through 1/2 a quart of PS fluid in a day. Once that project was started. Ball joints & tie rods were worn so figured I might as well get those done also. Right after that was done a low roar started from front wheels. so I changed the bearings & the right half shaft. all I really needed on the CV was a new boot. But a new boot was 30 bucks & I would've had to pull the shaft. I figured if I'm pulling the shaft anyhow I might as well spend 30 more bucks on a new CV joint and bypass the hassle of tear one apart just to replace the boot..So basically I've got a new front end on this van which is great for our upcoming trip to SD..

BTW for a mental note. If you ever do have to do front bearings on that. a 1 1/8 inch deepwell impact & a sledge hammer will knock that hub right out. Then I used my 36MM axle nut socket to knock out the old bearing. Use old bearing to knock in new one and place some grease around the new bearing so it slide in a little easier.Reinserting hub is a little more delicate operation. If not done properly. You can knock out the inner race of the new bearing. or pay the 50 bucks per spindle to have the bearings done @ NAPA.
 

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So your going with a loaded strut assy:

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Do you suspect the springs are weak, or just want to do the job quick and easy without the hassle of a spring compressor?
 

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Thanks for the tip about the hubs, I will remember that.

Springs are wore out, they got 130k on them and they do not last forever. Springs should be replaced even though most people will not do so.

I need rear springs too, should have ordered them too.
 
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