We could now remove the el cheapo Chinese strut.
When comparing the cheap strut with the ST Suspension part, you could see that the cheap part was severely rusting. Even though there was no evidence of leaks, there was almost no damping like there was never any fluid in them! The bump stop was missing and the flimsy camber plate’s bearing was so worn, that it had tons of play and seemed like the shaft could pull out! It was also adjusted so the car was slammed on the ground and the tires were hitting hard in the top of the wheel wells.
The ST Suspension coilover is bolted right in place.