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PostSubject: '97 Riv -- How screwed am I for new struts?   Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:15 pm

I just bought a '97 Riviera naturally aspirated and, for $650, it's a bit of a piece. One of the more annoying things is the persistent body movement due to the complete lack of damping from the struts. Could I get some new struts from a same-model-year Park Avenue (KYBs are $56 each from Rock Auto) and use them with my current springs and mounts? The mounts don't clunk over bumps so I believe they're still good, though Rock Auto has some for $35 each if I really need them. If you can't tell, this is a budget daily driver situation.
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PostSubject: Re: '97 Riv -- How screwed am I for new struts?   Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:38 pm

The struts for a 97 PA and 97 Riviera are the same, and they are 62.79 each at rockauto.  KYB 334677.  Yes, you use them with your current springs and mounting hardware.  You'll need a spring compressor and an impact wrench.


Buyer's Guide : KYB 334677 Strut
BUICK PARK AVENUE 1997
BUICK RIVIERA 1997
OLDSMOBILE AURORA 1997
Please refer to catalog for application details.

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PostSubject: Re: '97 Riv -- How screwed am I for new struts?   Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:24 pm

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PostSubject: Re: '97 Riv -- How screwed am I for new struts?   Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:46 pm

LARRY70GS wrote:
The struts for a 97 PA and 97 Riviera are the same, and they are 62.79 each at rockauto.  KYB 334677.  Yes, you use them with your current springs and mounting hardware.  You'll need a spring compressor and an impact wrench.

Awesome. I've done struts before ('98 Honda Civic) so hopefully MacPherson struts are as simple to do as struts for double-wishbone shenanigans.

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PostSubject: Re: '97 Riv -- How screwed am I for new struts?   Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:37 am

Let me get this straight. I don't have to build a strut? If I purchase those KYB (which are on sale BTW), I can just mount them with my hardware and be good to go?
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PostSubject: Re: '97 Riv -- How screwed am I for new struts?   Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:13 am

Also, what's a good mount that you guys would recommend? I apologize if this has already been covered. I've read through the pages am just a little confused ? about it.
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PostSubject: Re: '97 Riv -- How screwed am I for new struts?   Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:57 am

9ty7rivi wrote:
Let me get this straight. I don't have to build a strut? If I purchase those KYB (which are on sale BTW), I can just mount them with my hardware and be good to go?

You have to remove the coil spring from your current strut and transfer it to the new strut with your existing mount, bearing, what have you, if those parts are in good shape, if not, replace them, everything is available on rock auto.

http://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/buick,1997,riviera,3.8l+v6+supercharged,1022050,suspension,strut,7584

There are no ready struts available for the 97.

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Best MPH, 116.06 MPH, Best ET, 11.54
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHCda-t_Jls
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PostSubject: Re: '97 Riv -- How screwed am I for new struts?   Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:43 pm

LARRY70GS wrote:

9ty7rivi wrote:
Let me get this straight. I don't have to build a strut? If I purchase those KYB (which are on sale BTW), I can just mount them with my hardware and be good to go?


You have to remove the coil spring from your current strut and transfer it to the new strut with your existing mount, bearing, what have you, if those parts are in good shape, if not, replace them, everything is available on rock auto.

http://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/buick,1997,riviera,3.8l+v6+supercharged,1022050,suspension,strut,7584

There are no ready struts available for the 97.

Thanks so much for taking the time and providing me with this valuable information! yay
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PostSubject: Re: '97 Riv -- How screwed am I for new struts?   Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:44 pm

Which mount would you say is the "best"? I like OEM parts of course but, the price difference is crazy. Lol. But, if I have to I will purchase those if they are the best.
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PostSubject: Re: '97 Riv -- How screwed am I for new struts?   Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:17 pm

I would get the cheapest one. You are paying for the name. You can't go wrong with any of them.

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Best MPH, 116.06 MPH, Best ET, 11.54
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PostSubject: Re: '97 Riv -- How screwed am I for new struts?   Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:43 pm

LARRY70GS wrote:
I would get the cheapest one.  You are paying for the name.  You can't go wrong with any of them.

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