Well I just bought a pair of used (hopefully not too bad...) Bilstein front heavy duty shocks. (Such a good deal, couldn't pass it up.) - Anyhow, I need to replace the rest of the strut assembly. Of course my first issue is... what exactly is the strut? is it the whole wheel mounted assembly? Like, does that include shock, spring, hub, and the strut mounts? I mean... I guess I'm confused because I hear the word tossed around pretty often. Anyhow, I got the shocks, I need the springs, and the hub... well I guess its fine. I'd like to swap the back to a 325 hub so I can have disc brakes in the back. but thats another day, can't afford 5 lug rims, not even right now. :-x (if you know another way to do it, please by all means let me know.) However, I still need to buy a set of rear heavy duty shocks so I can install the front ones without making my car handle weird. So my question is, do you think its easier to just buy two junkyard strut assemblys that are in better condition (Because believe me, I've found them.) and just replace my whole assembly and swap the shocks onto them at the same time? Or should I just swap the shocks, and some new springs? Blah. So I know what the front assembly is all about, but the rear assembly is a whole different story. What do you think I should do there? I'm not certian myself. Just buy junkyard ones again, and swap the shocks onto them? Man, life is study. Anyhow, That'll solve a big problem for me right now. The next one will be to fix the rust in my drivers side frame rail. Gah. The mechanic said when it was up on the lift it looked pretty ugly, so I need to get up under my car and have a peek. See if that will require just some touch up, or if I'm going to actually weld... new steel up there or something. Bah. I know of some people who can do that if I -need-... hopefuly I won't -need- to. and when I finish that, all that is left is my engine problem!
Then I'll have a fancy fancy BMW. Bah, my friends make fun of it for not being able to pull me, and their fat asses around town at acceleration rates similar to their newer engines. :P Buuuut, while they go home in a front wheel and a honda, (haha, even though most hondas are front wheel...) I still go home in a bimmer. So I think I still win.
Anyhow, workin on taking the ghetto out of my ride. She'll be a classy lady when I'm done with her.