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I just forgot one thing on the S/R and then i am on my way. All you have to do is pop the coller on the struts right, or what is it you have to do? Just need to know or copy and paste a link for me thanks.
 

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coilovers

I am running coilovers, now this cannot be that hard can it, just pop the coller's and then it will slide over them right?
 

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Put the strut in a table vise (with wood over the jaws to not scratch the paint)
Get a hammer and a big screw driver that you don't really care about....or... a cold chisel...or....just a chunck of anything to whack the caps off the top.

Then your coil overs will slide over nicely.
 

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they are a dust shield...they don't retain any internals in the strut....it's a sealed unit with the way they manufacture it. Then they add the caps only on the 3rd gens (the 2nd gens just had those ugly dust boots)
 

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Or a cold chisel and a 5 pound sledge, that's what I did when I put mine on with my DZ coilovers, you don't need the caps.
 

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Okay, I have another issue now...I popped the caps off the struts and removed the spring perches but now my coilover sleeves won't clear the strut body. They are Chassis Tech C/O's. Should I have ordered ones for the 97+ Escort? I have a feeling that perhaps they sent me the wrong ones..I ordered the 91-96 Escort C/O's.
 

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OlyScortGT_93 said:
Okay, I have another issue now...I popped the caps off the struts and removed the spring perches but now my coilover sleeves won't clear the strut body. They are Chassis Tech C/O's. Should I have ordered ones for the 97+ Escort? I have a feeling that perhaps they sent me the wrong ones..I ordered the 91-96 Escort C/O's.
The sleeves should fit on and be loose enough to get the o-rings in between them as well. Sounds like you may have received the wrong ones.
 

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I've heard of people wrapping duct tape around the strut housing to get the adjustable collars to sit on there snugly. Doesn't really matter in the end, because you don't (shouldn't) get much side-loading on the spring.
 

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i never got any o-rings either. my fronts fit on snug but the rears had a little play. i just did the ducttap trick and im good.

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I think it has something to do with a slight difference in diameter between the S/R struts' housing and the struts that are stock on a GT. (although GC told me there isn't a real difference I think there might be a tiny one) When I put on my GCs I could get them to slide on my GT's original struts no big deal, but they *barely* fit over the rear strut on the new ones. And you don't have any o-rings but it looks like you have some setscrews in that bag that might be used to stabilize the coilover, I know some brands do use the screws to make installation easier than with o-rings. and just be careful not to cut open the strut when you are hammering that dust cap off. It's not fragile or anything, but be sure ot apply pressure to the cap as close to parallel to the rod, it comes off like butter the closer you get to parallel, took me three good swings with a regular hammer and a chisel.
 

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the rods are shorter to stop them from bottoming out if the car is lowered or the suspension is fully loaded. otherwise if you load it hard it might punch out the bottom of the housing.

and if the sleeves don't fit period after the cap is removed then something is really wrong, there isn't thatmuch of a difference, only about 1/16th of an inch from what I saw.
 
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