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1989 xt6 subaru front struts

Front struts are shot, can't get replacements. car only has 120,000 and I just did the motor, any ideas?

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  • Curt Downs May 11, 2010

    Not familiar w/ the xt6, but wow, tough looking for parts! (age and not that common). I did a lot of checking around the internet, two questions --- is your xt6 4wd, and does it have 'air suspension' because there is nothing available for air susp. it seems. I did find one (1 only available!) non- air suspension listed under xt model, that listed in the description that it also fit xt6. It;s part #341063. I forgot to note which side it was.
    kybshocksonline. Sorry I couldn/t help out, let me know if the one available is correct. If it is, maybe u can hunt down another.


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Overtime the rubber boots dry out and create small cracks that leak slowly on the front and rear air suspension. Through experimentation, I have found that you can add this green material called "Green Goop" that you add to bicycle tires to stop leaks. I added four ounces to each shock and exercised them while removed from the car. You'll see this material bleed through these airline cracks. Reinstall shocks but be careful not to allow this green material to leak back to the air solenoid. If the air suspension light on the dashboard is blinking, the compressor has shut down in fault condition. Put the ignition key to off remove the negative side on the battery, turn the key to on and then off. Replaced battery cable and this should clear the fault. If it does not you will half to add air into the system by removing one of the air tubes into the system to build up some pressure and will help to clear the fault. While this may be time-consuming and looks to be complicated, it‘s not! If you have any mechanical ability this can be really achieved and so, will save you couple thousand dollars in replacing the air suspension. One air shock from the dealer is $450. Of course you can convert to standard shocks that are on the market. But this takes away from that great ride that only air suspension can give you! And that makes a XT6 the best! Hope this helps? JH

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You can use conventional shocks and struts from any front wheel drive XT6's.

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