strut top attachment

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strut top attachment

Postby SpikeCapri » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:34 am

On my recent MOT one of the advisories was for the nearside strut top attachment having slight play and I also have a lot of steering wheel wobble at speeds over 40mph. I'm putting 2 and 2 together and assuming that the wobble is caused by the top attachment.

Would I need a new strut or is the top attachment a seperate piece? Either way, where is the best place to get a replacement?
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Re: strut top attachment

Postby Paul G » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:40 am

SpikeCapri wrote:On my recent MOT one of the advisories was for the nearside strut top attachment having slight play and I also have a lot of steering wheel wobble at speeds over 40mph. I'm putting 2 and 2 together and assuming that the wobble is caused by the top attachment.

Would I need a new strut or is the top attachment a seperate piece? Either way, where is the best place to get a replacement?


The strut top mount is a separate item to the strut. You will also need spring compressors to compress the coil spring before removing the large nut in the centre of the strut top - on no account whatsoever remove this nut without the sping completely compressed. Before condemning the strut top it may pay to just make sure that this centre nut is fully tightened.

I don't think new strut tops are available at the minute but Capri Gear, Tickover, Nial Diamond or CCi would probably have them in good condition for sale.

The steering wobble could be caused by the top mount but it could also be worn TCA bushes, steering rack or tyres as well as loose front wheel bearings.

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Re: strut top attachment

Postby Mc Tool » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:17 pm

Burtons are showing a few different options to suit the Capri :)
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Re: strut top attachment

Postby Caprigear » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:26 pm

I have good used original strut top mounts in stock.
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Re: strut top attachment

Postby -JC- » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:57 pm

Mc Tool wrote:Burtons are showing a few different options to suit the Capri :)


None are standard though, and iirc they all have downsides to them (as well as upsides) - harsher ride, stiffer steering, raised ride height etc
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