As to what to get: yes, yes (optional), yes, yesThe assembly cost is a heavy premium over the individual components. I've replaced plenty of shocks before, so the small labor savings isn't a big deal to me.
Replacing bushing, OTOH, seems like a royal pain. I know it's a pain on my Miata. Are these two-piece bushings or do you have to press them in and out?
Basically I'm looking for a rundown of the parts to pick up.
Strut mounts, ???
Sway bar bushings, ???
Sway bar endlinks, ???
I'm at 150K and shocks are fine.... but this is sunny, not-hot sunny SoCalif.How long do you think they're good for? I've found the shocks/struts on a lot of cars to be well worn out by 100k, sometimes a lot less than that. The truck has always seemed a bit wallowy to me. Bumping the tire pressures helped, but there is still a significant amount of roll. And as I mentioned it will skip across bad pavement.
Technically speaking you do have "struts" all the way around, at least in the common use of the term. A "strut" is just a particular type of shock absorber; and Honda calls them "Shock Absorber Units" (just the 'strut' part); and they call the entire assembly ('strut', spring, top bearing, etc. all put together) the "Shock Absorber Assembly". That is Honda's terminology, but you may find these items described differently at aftermarket sources. You really will need to see the appropriate image & read the 'contents' lanugage to know what you are getting.... although you can usually tell by the price as well, LOL.I purchased kyb replacement struts for all 4 corners about a year ago and now I'm about to have them installed this summer. Would I need to purchase one of these strut mounting kits for each corner? (2 fronts-2 rears kyb brand)
Truck has over 200,000 miles so just trying to give it fresh legs and wanna replace any parts that need it while in there but want to have everything ordered and ready as I have a local Indy doing it and want him to have everything when he gets into it.
Saw this part as well
It says spring mounting kit? Should I get the strut mounting kit or spring mounting kit for rear? I thought I had struts all the way around.
I would start with links and sway bar bushings and go from their.I guess I wasn't specific when I referred to sway bar bushings. I should have said "sway bar endlink bushings." If the endlinks come with new bushings and you likely have to cut them off anyway, then it sounds like a no-brainer. Should I just buy OEM or is there a decent aftermarket alternative?
The truck has 128k on it and the suspension feels pretty underdamped and skitterish over rough pavement.