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Quick Strut vs. Struts

I have a 2002 Chevrolet Impala LS. I am due for struts on it pretty much all the way around. I have never purchased or installed struts, so I just have a few questions.
Is there any benefit to buying a quick strut over reusing the parts that are already there and just buying the strut? Does the vehicle have to be aligned after struts are replaced? Is it just better to have a shop do everything? I have no problem doing the work myself. I am just curious if it was just like another few dollars in labor to have like midas or tuffy do them.

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How many miles are on the car? I would think the quick strut would give you the upper mount which you may not need. If you don't, I would just put in the strut cartridge. You will need a spring compressor if you do it yourself. They can be rented at most parts stores. Alignment after any front end work is always a good idea.

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I have a spring compresser. There is 220,000 miles on the car now.
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Quick struts?

Sorry, I'm not offering you any help, but you could help me.
Just what is a 'quick strut?' I haven't done struts on anything 'modern' for a long time.
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a quick strut is everything. This will be better if you look at this link

http://www.summitracing.com/search/Year/2002/Make/CHEVROLET/Model/IMPALA/Department/Chassis-Suspension/Section/Suspension-Components/Part-Type/Shocks-and-Struts/Submodel/LS/?Ns=Price|Desc
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My stepbrother just did this on his Impala, used the quick strut after shopping around and finding them only 10-15 % more $$$ than the strut cartridge, without all the teardown work. He had to shop around a little to find them that cheap, seems like it was Advance Auto.

He is a near complete amateur at wrenching at 25 years old, my Dad provided supervision, a Haynes manual, and advice, it took him a saturday afternoon to do the rears. You will want to scribe locating marks where the strut attaches to the bearing carrier to get you back to the correct assembly position to maintain the alignment with the new struts installed. He didn't have his re-aligned and it seems fine, but he only did the rears.
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You need to be careful, some of the companies that make those Quick struts use real junk parts. We have seen several with broken springs that usually result in a destroyed tire as well.
They became popular because you could change them yourself without special tools. None of my friends in the business use them that I know of. Some of the reputable strut companies also offer them but they are a lot of money and you usually would be throwing good parts away.
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With that many miles I would replace the upper mounts also. It is up to you to go with the quick struts.

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