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    Default Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    The back of my GTP has been sitting low the last few years, I haven't been able to turn my traction control on for over 4 years, I have a lot of road noise in the car especially in the back, and now my car seems to rock side to side at low speeds. My car has over 180k miles so it's time for the suspension to get a much needed rebuilding.
    I bought all of the following parts last night for almost $1200. I was waiting for shocktober to come around again for the Monroe quick struts to get one for free.

    Dorman left lower control arm
    Dorman Right lower control arm
    (2) Dorman front wheel hub assemblies
    (2) Dorman rear wheel hub assemblies
    Dorman Rear stabilizer bar
    (2) Dorman front strut/coil assemblies
    Dorman Left rear strut/coil assembly
    Dorman Right rear strut/coil assembly
    (2) Moog tie rod ends
    Wix transmission filter
    Wix XP oil filter
    Wix air filter
    Wix fuel filter
    Gates serpentine belt
    Gates accessory serpentine belt
    Airtex water pump
    (2) Dorman front hydraulic brake hoses
    (2) Dorman rear hydraulic brake hoses
    (4) Brake hose clips
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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    Hope it rides tight and true after all that maintenance!
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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    You use a 5% off coupon?


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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    No, I didn't know they had promo codes

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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    I would have atleast figured out if you really needed all those parts before buying them, you may or may not have needed all 4 wheel bearings and I do expect those dorman units to last very long. Lower quality bearings get eatin up fast.

    And I wouldnt run a airtex water pump, I wouldnt run a airtex anything in any vehicle I own. They are hit and miss on quality and all of their fuel pumps fail rather quickly.

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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    Well the wheel hubs I figured to troubleshoot and replace one through a mechanic was the cost of buying two of them and doing it yourself. I know the ABS fault (which is why I haven't been able to turn my TCS on in 4 years) was one of the front ones because when it first started doing it, unplugging and plugging the front two back in would fix it temporarily. Now I have noise in the back and the back of my car has wobble side to side at low speeds sometimes so one or both of the rear hubs is actually failing and not just a sensor. I figure if I plan on driving this car for eternity, replacing most of the parts with lifetime is a good idea. I did that with my brakes about 5 years ago and so far I've replaced the pads in the front once, the pads in the back once, and the rotors in front once. All for free. Sure it sucks having to take the time to do it but I like knowing if they wear out or warp, it costs me nothing but my time

    The airtex water pump looked identical to the picture of the lifetime pump that Oreilly's sells for twice the money and is rebranded. The pulley bolts were even in the exact same position in the picture

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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    You better get a magnet
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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    What do you mean, I better get a magnet?

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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBadjohn View Post
    No, I didn't know they had promo codes
    You can find them online everywhere, and with a bill of just about $1200, 5% could've gone a long way...


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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    Why rear dorman bar its smaller than stock? Should have went with a GMPP
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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    Guys I know things he bought could've should've would've been better then others but give the guy a break. He took initiative to do this on his own with out a 36 page thread of questions.
    I think it's a great start. Live and learn.
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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    Quote Originally Posted by Russosaur View Post
    Why rear dorman bar its smaller than stock? Should have went with a GMPP
    How much smaller?

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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    Someone said something earlier about needing a magnet. Can anyone please explain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBadjohn View Post
    Someone said something earlier about needing a magnet. Can anyone please explain?
    did your order come in yet? IF NOT, just wait
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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBadjohn View Post
    How much smaller?
    3mm according to Boobs

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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    I thought the 5% code for rockauto was just common knowledge these days? That's $60 (depending if that $1200 was before or after shipping). Wonder if it's possible to amend the order, worth an email or two to ask imo.
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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    Quote Originally Posted by 99GT2dr View Post
    I thought the 5% code for rockauto was just common knowledge these days? That's $60 (depending if that $1200 was before or after shipping). Wonder if it's possible to amend the order, worth an email or two to ask imo.
    I would have thought that searching for coupon codes for any online vendor was common knowledge these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stealthee View Post
    I would have thought that searching for coupon codes for any online vendor was common knowledge these days.
    Ateast it wasn't any $100 I screwed myself out of. Probably would have been $50 or a little more but in the long run I saved $600-$800 vs buying everything from Oreilly's

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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    Quote Originally Posted by SallyBabe03 View Post
    did your order come in yet? IF NOT, just wait
    Haha yeah. I see now. I've gotten a few different shipments so far and have gotten two magnets so far. I'm still missing the control arms, air filter, trans filter, oil filter, front wheel hubs, rear stabilizer bar, and water pump so I've probably got at least two more magnets coming. They look cool but the paper seems to peel off the first time you take the magnet off the fridge

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    Default Re: Just spent almost $1200 at Rock Auto. V. Suspension rebuild

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBadjohn View Post
    What do you mean, I better get a magnet?
    They send a fridge magnet with a car photo submitted by a Rock Auto customer with each order. Here's the beer fridge in my garage:


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