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Hello All,

Anyone know or have a walk through for replacing the front struts and rear shocks on a 2002 Envoy? I am also having some issues deciding what to go with. See below.

I recently purchased an 2002 Envoy SLT with 135k on it. I have redone all four rotors and pads, all new BFG All Terrain Tires, and had all the fluids flushed and filled (Tranny, PS, BR, DIF, OIL, COOLANT, etc).

I am looking to replace the front struts as the car has a big dip when you lightly press the brakes and a bad rattle (CV joint a was told). I am thinking about doing the rear shocks at the same time as well as replace my driver side cv half axel assembly as it has a cracked boot.

The Front struts I am looking at are some basic Monroe Complete Setup or some Belstein struts where I need to transfer my old coil.

Monroe: Strut and Coil Spring Assembly - Front (Part Number: 4173-07088610)
http://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/200..._assembly.html

Bilstein: Front Strut = $65.00 a piece
http://www.shockwarehouse.com/site/p...-SUVs-and-SAAB

Rear shocks are beilstien as well.
Belstein: Rear Shock = $65.00 a piece
http://www.shockwarehouse.com/site/p...Air-Suspension


The half axel assembly is a EMPI from RockAuto for $60.00
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/more...969&cc=1401275

Any advice would be great as I cannot decide which route to go with. I am a newbie and looking to do it my self as I am tired of relying on others to fix my stuff and over paying.

Thanks in advance!
 

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The advantage of replacing a complete strut/ spring assy is obvious. Just a 1 for 1 swapout. The disadvantage is price. If you don't have access to a spring compressor for disassembly and reassembly you're going to want the complete setup. Lift and support the front of the vehicle allowing the lower control arm to hang free. Remove the upper ball joint stud from the upper control arm so that the A arm can be lifted out of your way and the steering knuckle can be shifted forward or back as needed. Remove the lower bolt securing the bottom of strut to the lower control arm. Then remove the upper bolts that secure the strut mount to the strut pocket. DO NOT remove the center nut at the top of the strut. You should be able to manipulate the strut out at this point. Once the strut is out you can remove the lower mount from the strut. Reverse procedure to install.


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