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Old 03-15-2009, 02:19 PM
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i love it too man!!!!!!! i just put a fidanza flywheel and some mods, and let me tell you something,,,,it feels pretty good, the torque in this cars its awesome,, i got an 86 with an 87 rebuilded engine, i will post some pics
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this is the old maxima, i sell it to a friend cause its automatic transmission and i want the manual, i bought one manual for $200 and i rebuild it
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Replacing front transverse link bushings-87 Max

You can get new bushings for the front of the transverse link at Advanced Auto Parts for $20.00(Moog). Just follow disassembly procedures in Chilton's Manual remove link and secure in bench vise. Insert hacksaw blade thru bushing and reattach to saw. Carefully saw thru rubber and bushing housing being careful not to cut into transverse link that houses the bushing. Tap out old bushing. You should have already placed new bushing in your freezer the night before so it will be ready to install. Procure a large washer (1/8" thick) that is slightly larger than the bushing and that has an inner hole larger than the inner hole of the bushing. (You may have to ream it out slightly). Wipe out link where new bushing will be installed. Rub some grease on the inner surface where bushing is to go and some on the outer metal surface of new bushing. You will have to reposition link in vise to allow tapping of new bushing into link. Using a socket that is slightly smaller than your washer, tap the new bushing into the transverse link, making sure that the new bushing is going in straight. Continue tapping until bushing is in the correct position.
This is how I change mine and the cost is $20.00 compared to $200-300 for someone else to do it.
I do all my own work on my 87 Max except for changing tires and front end alignment. NOBODY gets under my hood except me. 303,000 miles and still going strong.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:40 AM
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Originally Posted by koolmax84II View Post
i just bought an 84 maxima with only 136,006 original miles. its a rear wheel drive, inline 280z 6 cylinder straight up luxury automible. this car has everything you could think of in a car except for keyless entry, but just the simple fact that the car talks completely makes up for it. it was bone stock when i got it but i put my touch screen cd player in it for now. i have done minor work to it such as front brakes and rotors, basic tune up stuff. i need to fined a center console and a driver side corner light, and thats what im in the process of now. i also need to do something with this loose 1980's suspention cuz every time i hit a bump the whole rear jumps to the right. if any one has any suggestions let me know. thanks!
Its your rear shocks that are gone. My 87 Max used to do the same thing! Whenever I hit a bump, it seems like the whole rear of the car would shift to one side or the other, seemed a little scary with passengers in the car!
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:50 PM
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Look what I got



Anyways, Eibach Springs for lowering will the same ones for the 300ZX go for ours 'cause that's all I can find right now... Or can then stocks be lowered?

And I don't know why but my car shakes when goin' 55 and over, any ideas? Help?
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:08 PM
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Bump.

My car shakes way too much it's scary 'cause it seems like the rack & pinion will break on me while I'm driving and just CRASH!
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check the boots on the front wheels, one on my 3rd gen went and there was a clunk when i made a sharp right turn and if i drove 60km/h or faster there was a bad shake. if you dont get it checked right away your axle i guess kinda gets infected with debris and you may need a new one, i must have driven with a torn boot for a while because i needed a new axle and stuff
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:54 AM
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Suspension Techniques makes F/R sport springs for the 2nd gen a 1.5" drop F/R....here's a picture of my 3rd Gen

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Originally Posted by CMax03 View Post
Suspension Techniques makes F/R sport springs for the 2nd gen a 1.5" drop F/R....here's a picture of my 3rd Gen

What springs did you use?
I'm contemplating on using Eibach springs but they only go as far as the 3rd gen when I looked them up. Still waitin' for the 2nd gen guys to give me the okay if I use the same springs used for 300ZX. Hopefully it's a yes. Front/Rear 1.5" Drop? Nice car by the way.
And Chrome thanx but I think the reason was because of the tire. I ran that poor tire so hard the steel was showing!
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:14 PM
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Suspension Techniques.......The 2nd and 3rd Gen suspensoin setup are almost identical! I believe the ST p/n's are the same! Purchased thru JcWhitney!
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http://www.jdmhub.com/index.php?rout...60_7869_101839

Im looking at putting some real money into my 87' Max, are thses the right springs?
Parts are getting harder to find, well, Napa has quit carrying what they use too a from a year ago.

Then I found the post, thanks...

My Max is superclean, doesnt use oil or smoke, just the suspension, steering and the PS is using PS fluid. Im getting 22MPG but I can tell it needs a tune-up too.

added up all the parts not counting PS, and its like 800bucks(not counting labor). Still beats car payments....

Im I in the right place?

I can post a pic of my Max, just a crapy cell pic, dont have a digital cam yet?

where is the the best place to get online parts, a friend said, rockauto.com, but would Whitney or Advansed be better?

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Old 10-04-2010, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by MAX.Graff View Post
What springs did you use?
I'm contemplating on using Eibach springs but they only go as far as the 3rd gen when I looked them up. Still waitin' for the 2nd gen guys to give me the okay if I use the same springs used for 300ZX. Hopefully it's a yes. Front/Rear 1.5" Drop? Nice car by the way.
And Chrome thanx but I think the reason was because of the tire. I ran that poor tire so hard the steel was showing!
Great looking car!
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haha i forgot about this thread

Knightsilver, cant 2nd gens do a 3rd gen suspension swap? if so, just get Ksport GT springs. 2.2"/2" drop, i dropped on KYB GR2 struts. pics for reference, on stock rims though not the TE-37's

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you could get the the modern motorsport ltd 280zx rear coilovers

http://www.modern-motorsports.com



they also have a set of sleeves for the front


and if you dont want sleeves you can get 510 front coilovers from technotoytunning
http://www.technotoytuning.com


they also sell rear coils but idk if that would work on the maxima

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Old 11-18-2011, 12:27 AM
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I do my KONI's and spring install, I'll try to get some pics to compliment some of that.....
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:22 AM
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Got new pics yet?
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Originally Posted by countzero View Post
Take a look here:

http://www.coximport.com/kyb/appendixc.html

KYB Gas Shocks
APPENDIX C
ELECTRONIC SUSPENSIONS
AIR SUSPENSIONS
AND ELECTRONIC LEVEL CONTROLS

NISSAN MAXIMA 1985 with ECVSA (Electronically
Controlled Variable Shock Absorber)

1. Remove the strut actuators.
2. Unplug ECVSA module located in the trunk.
3. Remove & install struts per instruction sheet supplied with units.
4. Replace the front strut mounts with KYB #5M5065 and the front upper spring seats, thrust seats, and strut tower covers with Nissan P/N’s: 54040-05E00, 54043-01 E00, and 54380-0SE00. Two each of
these 4 P/N’s are required.
5. Use the following units: 235030 Right Front, 235031 Left Front, and 365080 Rear.

NISSAN MAXIMA 1986-88 with ECVSA (Electronically Controlled Variable Shock Absorber)

1. Remove the strut actuators.
2. Unplug ECVSA module located in the trunk.
3. Remove & install struts per instruction sheet supplied with the units.
4. Replace the front strut mounts with KYB #SM5065 and the front upper spring seats, thrust seats,
and strut tower covers with Nissan P/N’s: 54040-05E00, 54043-01 E00, and 54380-05E00. Two each of these 4 P/N’s are required.
5. Use the following units: 235019 Right Front, 235020 Left Front, and 365080 Rear.
I believe you missed a part. KYB #SM5099 Rear Strut Mount

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KYB GR-2's and Suspension Tech sport springs are awesome for 2nd Gen.....but sure about 1st Gen stuff
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Has anyone mounted Suspension techniques & and running 18" wheels & 215/35/18's? Just want to verify that there's no rubbing problems before Install Springs.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:22 PM
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It's going to be close.
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Are 3rd generation springs compatible for our 2nd Gen vehicles?

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Old 01-14-2012, 07:55 PM
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Replacing the front strut mounts with KYB #SM5065 rear KYB #SM5099 Rear Strut Mount. Two each of these 5 P/Nís are required. Struts & Shocks: 235019 Right Front, 235020 Left Front, and 365080 Rear. + front, rear Boots.
$353.07 w/facebook 10% OFF coupon code "FBVIP10" from http://www.justsuspension.com

Nissan OEM parts: Front upper spring seats, thrust seats,and strut tower covers with Nissan P/Nís: 54040-05E00, 54043-01 E00, and 54380-05E00.
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:05 PM
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LOOK WHAT I FOUND ON EBAY!!!!!

88-94 coilovers on ebay:

Yellowspeed Racing Coilovers



Can't justify the cost though. Can someone explain the main advantages of going with these, compared to KYB & ST Springs.

These should work right?

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Old 01-15-2012, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by londonflu View Post
88-94 coilovers on ebay:

Yellowspeed Racing Coilovers



Can't justify the cost though. Can someone explain the main advantages of going with these, compared to KYB & ST Springs.

These should work right?
I saw those, too. But frankly, I think you'll be better off with known brand stuff, like KYB, Tokico, ST, etc.
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:33 PM
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i am surprised it still works ! good maintenance i guess thumbs up
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Almost there!!!!!

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i am surprised it still works ! good maintenance i guess thumbs up



Almost there!!!!! MADMAX FROM MAXIMA 2ND GENNERATION YAHOO SITE.

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Old 01-16-2012, 09:26 PM
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I'd go with the name brand stuff.....No problems with KYB and Tokico.
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Just ordered ......

Excel-G Kit for Nissan Maxima (1986-1988) KYBKIT-544-235020-235019-361008-361008 1 $175.76 Strut Boot SB103 KYBSB103 2 $24.02 Strut Boot SB104 KYBSB104 2 $24.02 Strut Mount SM5065 KYBSM5065 2 $90.14 Strut Mount SM5099 KYBSM5099 1 $39.18 Strut Mount SM5100 KYBSM5100 1 $39.18 Subtotal $392.30 Shipping & Handling $0.00 Discount (New Facebook Fan) -$39.23 Grand Total $353.07
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Rear Replacement cart

The KYB rear cartridges P/N 361008 came in the mail yesterday, So I'm looking at the rear struts and the cartridges don't look like they fit in the strut housing... This looks more like a rebuildable strut, My shop manual on the vehicle shows this being rebuilt not replaced with a cartridge. Has anybody performed this job? I called the KYB help line and the guy I spoke with was not very helpful considering he barely spoke English...

1986 Maxima Wagon without electronic suspension.

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Old 01-17-2012, 09:04 PM
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Send them back.Try ABC Nissan in Phoenix,ask for George.He's been around since the 70s,so he can help you out.
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Originally Posted by lawrenre View Post
The KYB rear cartridges P/N 361008 came in the mail yesterday, So I'm looking at the rear struts and the cartridges don't look like they fit in the strut housing... This looks more like a rebuildable strut, My shop manual on the vehicle shows this being rebuilt not replaced with a cartridge. Has anybody performed this job? I called the KYB help line and the guy I spoke with was not very helpful considering he barely spoke English...

1986 Maxima Wagon without electronic suspension.
Your new struts should look something like this.....


Your existing rear struts should look something like this....





Am I correct?
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Yes... The rear KYB is only a cartridge... The full assy does not look however like it would take a cartridge. Please tell me I am wrong...

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Yes... The rear KYB is only a cartridge... The full assy does not look however like it would take a cartridge. Please tell me I am wrong...
Quite sure you're wrong. You'll need to compress the spring, remove the upper strut mount, remove the sping, then undo the gland nut, which holds the strut cartridge into the tube.
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I'll pull the struts out tomorrow and make sure, I think what has thrown me off is the shop manual shows the strut being dissasembled, remove the spring and then it shows a bushing nut remaval and out comes the plunger shaft and the oil. replace the bushings and add oil... Nothing about a cartridge... Anyway appreciate the info... I was going to take the struts off of a 1987 sidan that I have as a parts car and rebuild them but now I think I'll just do the wagon as a one time repair.

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Quite sure you're wrong. You'll need to compress the spring, remove the upper strut mount, remove the sping, then undo the gland nut, which holds the strut cartridge into the tube.
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Be sure to check the rear mounts for wear. Unless you've done them recently. KYB SM5099 Rear Strut Mount

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The cartridge is a replacement for all the seal/plunger/oil crap. Yank that stuff out, replace with cartridge. Simple.
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Well I removed the struts today and picked up a spring compressor so tomorrow will pull the strut apart and see how the cartridge fits... Appreciate the guidence...

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The cartridge is a replacement for all the seal/plunger/oil crap. Yank that stuff out, replace with cartridge. Simple.
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Well I removed the struts today and picked up a spring compressor so tomorrow will pull the strut apart and see how the cartridge fits... Appreciate the guidence...
Right on the money... Pulled out the guts and the KYB replacement strut fit like a glove, everything went back together great and it rides so much better now. I went in for alignment and found I still need to find some excentric screws for the front end, The bolts are the ones that bolt the bottom of the front shock to the top of the disk arm assm, two bolts hold the strut and one of the bolts can be a excentric for adjustment. Any ideas on whare to locate such goodies...
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Originally Posted by CMax03 View Post
KYB GR-2's and Suspension Tech sport springs are awesome for 2nd Gen.....but sure about 1st Gen stuff
this is the first thing im going to tackle with this 87 wgn Ive jst picked up
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