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Struts shot ... replacement suggestions?
I've got a base 2008 Rav4 with 4wd, a v6 and a 3rd row of seats. I just turned 56k miles and the last winter finally beat the front struts into submission. I've been searching around for a while and I have not had much luck finding a vibrant aftermarket for the Rav4.3, there seems to be more of a market for modifying the 4.1 and 4.2 variants.
I had great luck with Eibach springs and Bilstein shocks on other cars, but the only thing I've seen for the Rav4.3 is from H&R. Those springs lower the car between 1.3 and 2 inches which may be too low for what I was looking for. I will say, however that the Rav has always swayed around when pulling around traffic on a two lane road and I'd be willing to give up ground clearance to get rid of that behavior. The engine pulls fine, but it is not the most stable of beasts when under full throttle at high speed.
So the questions I have are
1) what have your experiences been with lowering the Rav4.3?
2) what shocks did you go with?
3) does lowering improve the stability over stock in the 4.3 platform?
Thanks in advance for any advice, experience and (hopefully) pictures of your lowered Rav...