Replacing suspension system; Need advice.

Old 01-13-20, 07:28 PM
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Replacing suspension system; Need advice.

My 2003 Toyota Sequoia has 127k miles and is in fairly decent shape. I feel there is still plenty of life left in it. The front bushing and springs are shot and needs replacement. Would you recommend to use dealership parts when it comes to suspension or are aftermarket parts good enough?
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I used Moog parts on my old F150 when I rebuilt the front and and back suspension. Been happy. My opinion (worth what your paying for it) is that unless it's a high end vehicle, aftermarket suspension are just as good if not better than OEM (both financially and quality). And you mean front struts, correct?
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First thing you should do is price out the components, chances are you will find the OEM parts will be many times the cost of aftermarket.

Once you have that information chances are the decision will be much easier to make!
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That is correct. Passenger front side spring is broken and bushing shot. My mechanic was saying its recommend getting the full set replaced instead of just springs and bushing and also do both front at the same time.
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Buy strut replacement assy. Much better than piecing parts together. Moog was always my first choice when working on front end components
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As noted, ideally just get the whole strut assembly and do both sides. Moog is good quality aftermarket. With the miles you have both struts are due for replacement.

The tech time to dismantle and repair a strut/spring is quite high as it is a fiddly job. Rebuilding the strut with a new spring and bushings but the old damper which is worn would only make sense for an experienced do it yourselfer (spring compressors can be dangerous things to work with) where you are simply short of funds and want to do the minimal repair to keep the car in service where the rest of car is not likely to be around much longer.

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