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Next on my vast things-that-need-to-be-fixed list (it never ends! :lol: ) : Shocks & Struts

What can I say? I'm tired of the suspension going cartoony every time I run over an amoeba. This'll have to take priority over replacing the back panel (I must say I'm glad the rain's stopped for now. :biggrin: ).

I recall Rotated saying the following a while back:

On 6/2/2017 at 6:13 AM, Rotated6_2 said:

The new front shock inserts and rear shocks, now fitted.:smile: 

A word of warning, however.  If you do go to change your struts, there are two types listed for our vehicles - one model suits up to CB2MS - 543XXX, and after that, the other part number.

Here is a visual picture of why - on the left (up to 543XXX), on the right (after 543XXX).  There is a 25mm difference in the housing height, so early model will not fit later model!

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I am really glad I replaced the rear shocks, there was no rebound left in either of them!

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So according to my car's VIN, my car's of the after 543XXX variety. Could somebody tell me the part # for these items?

Did any other car come with these parts or were these exclusive to 626's? Were all 1980 models after 543XXX?

 

Thanks!

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On 5/16/2018 at 5:07 AM, Rotated6_2 said:

Thanks a ton! (Another month and I'm finally getting back to this. Oh life... WHY?!?)

So I've done some digging around and come to these:

https://www.amazon.com/KYB-343127-Excel-G-Gas-Shock/dp/B000C3ZCVC/ref=dp_return_1?_encoding=UTF8&n=15684181&s=automotive

https://www.amazon.com/KYB-343149-Excel-G-Gas-Shock/dp/B000C40S9C/ref=dp_return_1?_encoding=UTF8&n=15684181&s=automotive

The fronts say they'll fit a 1980 B series truck but don't mention the Capella (none of the auto parts stores I asked around for showed an entry for the fronts either).

The backs say they'll fit properly (post CB2MS-543880 and all).

 

Will either of these fit m'car?

 

Interestingly, Monroe has a different part # system for OZ and the US, which is really really annoying. KYB too.

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Fronts are nothing like the ones from Amazon.

The difference between very early chassis code and later chassis code. 

Up to CB2MS- 543789 -  has a longer strut insert.

After CB2MS- 543880 - is slightly shorter.

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These are the rears.

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7 hours ago, Rotated6_2 said:

Fronts are nothing like the ones from Amazon.

The difference between very early chassis code and later chassis code. 

Up to CB2MS- 543789 -  has a longer strut insert.

After CB2MS- 543880 - is slightly shorter.

 

These are the rears.

 

Awesome!

Yes, I can find the rear shocks no problem, but the fronts... Nobody in my backwater country seems to make them or even have a part # for them... It's exceedingly weird.

Time to ply eBay for NOS!

Will either of these work?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-PAIR-Gabriel-Strut-Cylinders-for-Mazda-626-G44727-FRONT/223005355783?fits=Year%3A1980|Make%3AMazda|Model%3A626&epid=169013955&hash=item33ec27af07:g:pEoAAOSwBnZbFbyE

https://www.ebay.com/itm/KYB-363022-Suspension-Strut-Assembly-Front/262502079611?fits=Year%3A1980|Make%3AMazda|Model%3A626&epid=75505264&hash=item3d1e57dc7b:m:mYr8vKG7Vau4tBt7Vq6aBnw

They say they're compatible, but I'd rather consult the guru on these matters before I do something dumb like buy them...

 

If not, I'm buying from a much more enlightened land... like Australia. I just don't want to pay loads in shipping if I don't have to. :thumbsup:

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