good point on the rust there Chartmaker, thanks and good eye.
I was actually trying to address the long standing issue of the sagging rear end.
Yes, new springs would have restored ride height to near factory, the struts were in good shape and did not need replacement.
But, the car has 174,000 miles on it and this is my spare vehicle to be used when one of the primary ones are down in my family or if gas gets too expensive. For now, I've put over 200 lbs in the trunk and the car is still a little higher than it would normally be with springs only. I wanted to compensate for eventual sagging of the weaker designed springs using simple ideas.
BTW, I can't just slide the bottom of the strut up higher in the knuckle/strut pinch assembly. The securing point on the strut moves up and out of the knuckle then, and, you now have a longer
pry/leverage point on the bottom of the strut. Should it rip out or tear off, then we have an accident waiting to happen. this is a safe and custom way to variably compensate for ride height without sacrificing safety, structural integrity, and ride comfort. It actually looks like cars of today with the higher rear ends.
Last edited by randytheideaman; 02-02-2012 at 06:04 PM.