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73 SB front Suspension - Strut Upper Bearing Mounting plate
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:12 am    Post subject: 73 SB front Suspension - Strut Upper Bearing Mounting plate Reply with quote

when / how do you determine its time to replace the upper Strut Bearing mounting plate?

plates currently have some play ( side to side ) as mounted on strut but they do spin just fine. no binding .

what are you looking for to determine they need to be replaced?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Age as well as mileage are the true issues. Do you know if they are originals or if they have been changed out? Just a little play in them will contribute to the shimmies that Supers are prone to and many people look at the upper strut bearings, think they "look fine", put the front end back together and still have a shimmy. While they are about $65 a side, it's money well spent to make sure the front end is solid and you won't have to take things apart again.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:45 am    Post subject: top bearing plates Reply with quote

I'm not sure if they are original or not. i'll have to get the magnifying glass and check the numbers. The springs are Red and im not sure if that is OEM or not either but they are a bit rusty.

I may as well replace the plates since i have the body off the frame and its all apart right now, guess I was just trying to save a hundred bucks where I can Smile

thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since you do have the car apart, they are worth replacing now. If they are bad and you put the car back together, you won't really save money in the long run by having to take everything back apart to replace them.
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