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Old 12-19-14, 01:02 AM   #201
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Old 01-02-15, 05:32 AM   #202
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Random Suspension Question...

So I've got a random question. We get strut clunk in the rear struts as a result of the grease pushing out, which is supposedly a kind of common issue with the inverted strut design.

My confusion comes from why its only the rear struts though... Are the front struts NOT an inverted strut? Anyone know why they don't develop strut clunk also?
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Old 01-02-15, 07:51 AM   #203
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Random Suspension Question...

Length? Rears are a lot longer.
Just a guess, I don't know.
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Old 01-02-15, 10:08 AM   #204
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Random Suspension Question...

Length might have something to do with it. The sideload on a damper that long probably makes the damper shaft rub against the housing with more force in the rear than in the front. I'm not sure either.

But yea both front and rear dampers are inverted.
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Old 01-02-15, 07:44 PM   #205
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Random Suspension Question...

Sounds reasonable. Im wonder if anyone actually "knows" the answer, or if speculation is as close as we will get...

This is plausible enough to satisfy my curiosity at least. Sometimes my mind wanders a bit... Haha
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Random Suspension Question...

The best explanation I have read, now that I remember and have thought about it, was that is was due to a simple design flaw in the rear dampers where the grease is actually pulled away from the bushings that end up making noise over time. Probably dries them out or something.

Maybe my explanation regarding side loads based off of what I call my "idiot intuition" (i.e. no data at all ) also has something to do with it. Probably not...
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Random Suspension Question...

When I pulled mine apart I noticed more wear on the backside of the strut. If you look at the rear of the vehicle it is at a slight angle to increase stabilization while driving (Engineered fancy stuff).

Like so...


With that in mind and a stationary position (compared to the fronts which angles can change based on steering position causing different loads on the seals) I can only assume that the seals eventually stretch, wear and become ob longed creating a minor gap in the seal and strut itself. Water, debris and other foreign contaminants can effect this and reduce the consistency of the grease itself causing inadequate seal and lubrication.

I am just guessing and assuming from what I found with my own suspension.
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So I pulled the trigger on the Flip-key. Parts should be here in the next week or two.

I was debating on whether or not to do it since the trunk button thing has shown no signs of working out yet. But now that I have started my new job, I have a keyfob that was added to my keychain, so the consolidation/space-savings are enough to press onward!
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Old 01-27-15, 06:50 AM   #209
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Combo-Flip Key

So I got everything in. The legacy key came with a immobilizer chip as well, so I got that all programmed. The only problem is the flip key shell I bought. I bought it on ebay, and the "shank" on the key blade is too long so I can't use it Also, its cheaply made...

So I bought a new flip key shell from the guy who sells them and wrote the how-to over on nastysock; it should be here Thursday. I haven't heard anything bad about his stuff, so I'm not expecting any issues. I should be able to get the key cut, swap in the guts, and viola!

stay tuned.
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Old 01-29-15, 07:12 AM   #210
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Flip key conversion complete!

Had what seemed like a major problem, but it turned out not to be. The dealer said the "shank" on the key was a different length so the key wouldn't line up right with the tumblers in the lock. Got a locksmith to cut it anyway, and it worked like a charm! (Thanks Khunter25!)

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