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    Mark Niskanen
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    Front Strut Replacement

    Wondering if anyone here has done this and has any words of wisdom. I didn't see a tutorial, maybe I can take some pictures and get one started when I get around to this project.

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    Renato Piereck
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    Ask and you shall receive. No need to reinvent the wheel as Platonoff does it excellently on his website: 29.09.2007: Saab 9-5 Front Suspension - photo.platonoff.com

    And you can see his whole list of great tutorials here: Saab DIY at platonoff.com

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    Mark Niskanen
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    sweet. thanks.

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    It still wouldn't hurt to provide pictures or tutorial of your experience in doing this. I often like to read through a few tutorials because there are usually a few differences, especially between different model years. Platonoff's instructions are usually very good but sometimes I see things I would do different or information is missing.

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    Mark Niskanen
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    Okay... We'll see when I get around to this project... Was going to do rear dampers and coils along with front subframe mounts on all at the same time... May take a while to round up the money, parts, time and patients.

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    Mark Niskanen
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    Tackled the front and rear struts last night. Frank’s write-up on the rear procedure was great. Platonoff’s instructions for the front were dead on. All-in-all the job was a piece of cake… until you drop the bearing race! Lesson learned, and it didn’t happen on the second one. I’d suggest anyone doing this to also pick-up new OEM bump-stops prior to the job, mine were not reusable and the ones I could locate at O’Rileys needed modification in order to fit.

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    The Platonoff link does not seem to be working....

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