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Old 08-24-2018, 01:43 AM
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I have a 2016 KL with MFC lift installed and riding 265/70 Ridge Grapplers. When the shop tried to install Dobinson struts they ran onto a problem. Please let me know if any of you have heard of/experienced any of the similar issues when replacing the struts.

The problems we had were not related to the kit. They were with the vehicle itself. The MFC struts require you to reuse the strut top mount and bearing from the factory strut, as do most other strut kits. When we removed your factory struts and mounted them to our strut compressor machine we could not remove the factory nut that holds the strut mount to the strut. We could have cut the strut shaft in half and slipped off the strut mount to re-use on the Dobinson strut but it was risky. We recommend you purchase the complete strut mount assembly with strut bearing from the dealership. You will need two complete mounts. Then we can assemble the Dobinson strut and spring completely and install it to the vehicle. The other problem we had was with your drivers side constant velocity shaft. It is seized to the wheel bearing and could not come out by hammering on it or using a hydraulic puller. The constant velocity shaft should be removed from the steering knuckle in order to remove the strut from the vehicle. We were able to pry off the steering knuckle with the CV shaft still attached to the bearing but is not the correct way to perform the job. It would have been almost impossible to reassemble it that with the heavier MFC strut. I recommend you order a new hub bearing assembly and possibly a new CV shaft the next time you want to attempt the install. The passenger side came off fine and is ok.
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