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    Default Suspension springs rubbing on inner body...

    Has anyone else experienced this? I purchased (2) new ACDelco 903-009RS Professional Ready Struts for my 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser.
    All of the websites say this part # is used for both sides. After they were installed, and the car was aligned, I noticed a metal on metal sound going over speed bumps. It turns out, the coil spring on both sides is contacting the inner wall in a couple places !!!! I think it would be unusual to have received (2) faulty strut units... Any ideas??? The dimensions of all critical points of the new struts seem to be virtually identical to the original struts...



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    Not me. The only thing I ever noticed was with some strut brands, the lower spring tray would be very close to rubbing on the tire.
    1989 Celebrity CL 4 door, 3.1 MPFI, 4 speed auto, summer daily driver
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    1996 Cherokee XJ 4 door, 4.0, 5 speed, winter daily driver & towing vehicle
    1991 Tracker 2 door, 1.6, 5 speed, needs work
    Previously several Celebritys, 6000s, & 2 U-vans

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    I'm having a hard time imagining the spring itself contacting the tire (lower spring base/tray, yes). What size tires and can you post a pic?
    Jerry

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    Can't get a photo right now, but some of the coils are rubbing on the engine firewall, not the tire side wall. Car is completely factory with the standard 14" tires...

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    It turns out the "Quick Strut" assemblies from AC-Delco AND Monroe do not fit right !!!!! They both have the coil spring centered around the center rod... Only the FCS strut assemblies would fit because the spring needs to be off-set around the rod so the spring does not rub on the inner fire wall...

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    Wow. I'd expect that from some cheap off brand manufacturer. AC Delco and Monroe would be the least likely to do something like that in my opinion. Thanks for the heads up.
    1989 Celebrity CL 4 door, 3.1 MPFI, 4 speed auto, summer daily driver
    1989 Cutlass Cruiser wagon, 3.1 MPFI, 4 speed auto, special summer ride
    1996 Cherokee XJ 4 door, 4.0, 5 speed, winter daily driver & towing vehicle
    1991 Tracker 2 door, 1.6, 5 speed, needs work
    Previously several Celebritys, 6000s, & 2 U-vans

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    you need a set of Eibach springs bro, contact me at stickpony@gmail.com. I have new sets of 3804.140, for $350

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