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I just replaced the struts on my 1997 lexus .not sure if they are the same? . but what i had to do was pull the lower part of the seat out. once you pull it you will need to pull the back part of the seat out all so. also you may need to pull the plastic panel above the upper part of the seat.this should let you get to the upper strut bolts.hope this help you

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