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1998 Legacy GT L new KYB GR-2's don't fit in front


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Hello,

 

We recently bought a 98 Legacy and it needs a lot of work to be roadworthy. The old struts, for example, were completely blown. So I ordered a whole lot of parts, in particular for relevance to this topic, some new struts from KYB. Started out with the front left strut, and while I got the new strut assembled adequately, it doesn't seem to fit properly.

 

These new struts seem to sit a bit higher up, just according to my old laser eyeball, but the big issue is while I can slide in the bottom bolt okay, if I try to bring the hub up to put in the top bolt, it shoves the driveshaft into the transmission where it bottoms out, and I still can't get the bolt lined up. Is there something I'm missing here? I've added some links to pictures of my car to hopefully provide some context.

 

I thought the top hat was eccentric, so I tried all 3 orientations of it in the upper mount and didn't see much difference.

 

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/501255117886980096/526096618303520769/image0.jpg?width=962&height=721

 

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/501255117886980096/526096618819289089/image2.jpg

 

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/501255117886980096/526096819093110804/image0.jpg

 

(You can kinda see how squished the driveshaft boot is, this was with me pulling up the hub to try and line it up)

 

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/501255117886980096/526096616877195265/image1.jpg

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