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    Front Strut/Coil

    Does anyone have a video or instructions on replacing the front strut/coil assemblies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouse View Post
    Does anyone have a video or instructions on replacing the front strut/coil assemblies?
    Plenty of youtube videos like this one

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYjGIA9uvpU
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    That's a good video. I think I can do this.

    I'm going to order the Monroe #271346 from Rock Auto for $91.79 each. I'll also replace the rear shocks with Monroe #5993 for $27.89 each.

    Thank you.

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    The easier way to do it without taking the spindle off is to remove the upper control arm to crossmember bolts. You still need to remove the rotor to disconnect the swaybar and disconnect the abs sensor plug and clips, but the upper control arm spins out of the way.
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    Thanks for the tip. I noticed this guy had the car on jack stands then used a jack to support the bottom of the spring coil, then lowered the jack slowly/carefully once all of the bolts were removed.

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    Let the suspension hang free when you unbolt the lower shock bolt, you could knock out it with no fear of the coil spring unloading since the spring is held in the strut assembly. Whatever you do, DO NOT remove the center nut at the strut hat, only the three smaller nuts that hold it to the crossmember.
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    If you need to take the strut apart only do so if you have the proper equipment, if you don't take to a shop that does.

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    I purchased the entire strut assembly, so there is no reason to mess with removing the spring.

    http://www.monroe.com/en-US/e-catalog/271346

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouse View Post
    I purchased the entire strut assembly, so there is no reason to mess with removing the spring.

    http://www.monroe.com/en-US/e-catalog/271346

    you might notice a change in ride height or handling, that assembly is more aimed at civilian spec crown vics and grand marqs


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    I got the front strut/coil assemblies and rear shocks changed. I don't notice and difference in ride height. Haven't driven it enough to determine if there is any differences in handling. There are not that many choices for front strut/coil assemblies for our cars. I did notice some bouncing with my old struts, so that's why I decided to replace them.

    I removed the caliper, caliper bracket, upper control arm nut, loosened the upper control arm nuts at the cross member and the upper sway bar link. I was able to get enough clearance by pushing down on the lower control arm to get the old strut out.

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    I found a before picture and now it looks like it sits about 2" taller. Now I don't know what to do. I wish I would have known this before I purchased and installed them.

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    crouse - I found a before picture and now it looks like it sits about 2" taller. Now I don't know what to do. I wish I would have known this before I purchased and installed them.
    The reason I just had the strut/shock-absorber changed and (re)used the spring.
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    So what determines the ride height? Or what's different between the OEM strut/coil and the Monroe coil/strut I bought?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdmjoe View Post
    The reason I just had the strut/shock-absorber changed and (re)used the spring.
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    Same. Previously cut spring too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by crouse View Post
    So what determines the ride height? Or what's different between the OEM strut/coil and the Monroe coil/strut I bought?

    the coil spring is the main factor in ride height. As per Ford, if you look at a civilian base suspension crown vic or grand marquis (we're excluding HPP here), a P71 police car sits 1" higher than "stock" while a Marauder sits 1" lower than "stock". Putting in a pre-assembled coilover over meant for a civilian crown vic or grand marquis will undoubtedly raise the ride height up front.

    If you want to do this the correct way, I'd return that seutp saying "wrong fit for my application" and buy the Marauder spec shocks from Ford.

    Shock Absorber - Ford (7W3Z-18124-J)


    If that isn't an option, you're going to have to put your stock coils on those Monroe shocks you bought, that would return your ride height to normal.


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