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I am looking to replace the rear struts of my 97 Buick LeSabre Limited. The original struts are air adjustable. I am wondering if I can replace them with non-adjustable struts, as I intend to replace the springs as well.

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  • fitarecurve Sep 14, 2009

    I am still not sure if OEM type non-adjustable struts will work. After reading in other web sites about Buick strut problems, I was led to a company called StrutMasters. This company makes conversion struts to replace the air ride struts. If this company is correct about the need for a conversion type strut, then this means that standard non-adjustable struts will not work, perhaps the mounts are different. I will need to research this more and possibly talk to a Buick mechanic.

  • fitarecurve Sep 14, 2009

    Thank you MonkeyMudd for your advice. As I was typing the previous comment, I forgot about your mechanic experience. Are you familiar with Strutmasters? Are their conversion struts really needed?

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If you're replacing the springs as well, you can put regular shocks/struts in. The springs on that car didn't offer full support as they were designed to work in conjunction with the support from the air struts also. Just make sure the new springs are specified for a car without air ride. You will also need to remove the fuse/relay for the air ride compressor because the veh. goes through a "air pressure replenishment" cycle every time the key is turned to run. The compressor will then run for 7 minutes until it times out when it determines that it isn't doing anything to ride height.

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  • Adam Clay Sep 15, 2009

    I am now reminded that the struts on the back of that chassis is basically like the type on the front. The conversion kit from strutmasters looks like a good system but for the cost difference, you could also go to autozone for about $200 cheaper and that would be with the air ride strut. Interestingly enough, the non-air ride option is more than the original with air ride. Either way you go with it, the same amount of work is involved.
    Please check the top of the tire opening above the tire on that chassis, as they are prone to rust through on the seam in salt states!

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Of course you can substitute non adjustable. But why are you replacing them? Is there bouncing from leaking oil? And why replace the springs? if they are sagging, why not consider gas shocks for extra lift?

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Yes you can It'll work

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