I would install the KYB's and springs together. I'm not sure how much the northwood springs lower the car (if at all? sorry still new to this platform), but often times if the springs change the ride height you will be outside of the original struts' operating range.I’m taking apart my front struts to install my Northwoods Performance springs and at 50k miles I figure they’ll be due soon anyway, so I have new KYBs and new mounts sitting here waiting to be installed on a nice day. Since I’m going to do it myself I don’t want to do it twice!
When you got your hands on the new struts, how fast would the inner shaft extend when you pushed it down into the strut?...so I have new KYBs and new mounts sitting here waiting to be installed on a nice day.
For archive's sake, a new Monroe OESpectrum 73013, 73014 strut inner shaft extends in about 6 seconds.When you got your hands on the new struts, how fast would the inner shaft extend when you pushed it down into the strut?
I've got my original struts apart and the inner shaft takes about 35 seconds to extend once I push it all the way in. That seems slow to me as if the pressure is too low inside the strut. I only have experience with one other set of struts so I'm not sure how fast new ones with proper pressure for the Rav4 should extend.
According to a toyota mechanic its designed that way so even if it unscrews the shock will stay in place. Safety feature.Ohh...sneaky. The shock mount has two hidden bolts on the other end where the mount attaches to the hub. Remove those bolts and the shock and shock mount comes out as a single piece.
I think I'm going to switch the bolt around anyway. Fewer things to remove in the future. Anyone see any reason that would be a bad thing?
I suppose that's plausible, although captive bolts aren't really a concern anywhere else on the vehicle, especially on large bolts with 50-100 lb-ft of torque on them.According to a toyota mechanic its designed that way so even if it unscrews the shock will stay in place. Safety feature.
I changed my rear shocks just 2 weeks ago. KYB excel G. It was a pain in the arse to get the top bolt off. 24h soaking with rust remover finally did it. my -14 is at 90'000km.