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Is their a right and left front strut

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by 09toytac, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Mar 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM
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    I purchased used bilstein front struts with lo mileage to replace the originals. I was told that the left strut has more spring rate so you must reinstall with the proper side. The struts i got are almost brand new but before i change em out i need to figure out which is which. I looked at both struts and they have the same numbers.Any suggestions on how to tell them apart.
     
  2. Mar 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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    Pics? Are they OEM replacement Bilstein shocks?
     
  3. Mar 19, 2013 at 11:45 PM
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    oem struts from 2011
     
  5. Mar 22, 2013 at 5:32 PM
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    is this a top view showing lower end is at the bottem of the spring on the on strut, thanks 4 ur help
     
  6. Mar 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM
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    is this a above view of the strut showing the end at the bottom of the strut where the spring coil starts showing the bolt placement thanks
     
  7. Mar 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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    Did you buy the complete assemblies or just shocks?
    I assumed complete assemblies because you mentioned spring rate. The shaded area in the diagram I posted is the coil. See how the lower end of the coil is the same on each side, but the top hats aren't? This should give you an idea which is which.
    If you're talking about just the shock; no, there is no difference.
    Toyota parts numbers are goofy; some have specific left/right part numbers, but are actually the same part.

    http://www.toyotapartszone.com/Page...Country=(8=USA)&sectionID=&componentsID=48-03
     
  8. Mar 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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    Yep. I superimposed it from the FSM.
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  9. Mar 23, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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    Thankz alot didnt want to reinstall wrong good site
     
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    Going by the above diagram that would make the coil with two yellow dots the left? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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