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Old 06-28-2011, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Replacement Rear Strut

Hi Folks,

I have a 2007 XL7 limited with a third row seat, and am looking for a replacement rear drive side strut. If I purchase it through the dealer it is over $700, and since I tried to trade it in with a 109k on it they only offered me 4k which is shocking seeing how the condition is outstanding.

Anyways, does anyone know of a place and model of strut that is cheaper?

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Old 07-29-2011, 01:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't know whether or not there are any replacements. The rear shocks are self-levelling Nivomats by Sachs, so if you do change rear shocks you want to do it in pairs, not just one side.
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Jeff,

Paco is correct, if you have the third row you have the nivomats.

rockauto.com sells the KYB Part # 345055 GR-2 / Excel-G
w/o 3rd Row Seating; Recommended OE Replacement; Rear $46.79

and,

KYB Part # 554353 Gas-A-Just
w/o 3rd Row Seating; Rear $54.99

Per my research, Gas-a-Just are better and stiffer than the GR2 but both are recomended just for models w/o the 3rd row.

I don't know how packed or heavy you drive your XL7 or if you tow much but for the money I would replace the shocks with the ones above. $700 for a shock is plain stupid.

The nivomats are self contained and not electronically controlled, you shouldn't get any dash lights when replacing them.

How the XL7 has treated you in over 100k miles?
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Nivomats were famous in Volvo 760 sedans from mid to late 1980's. When they wore out, many people converted to conventional dampers. I haven't had trouble with mine but was worried about having to replace them eventually. I shouldn't complain since I was privy to that information, having worked in the factory where XL7s were built.
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Hello BigPaco,

1st Welcome to the forums..!
Hey so like are you still working at the CAMI plante...?
Are you assembling The New Equinox's...?
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The CAMI plant is assembling Equinoxes. I am not currently employed there.
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Exclamation They you change the shocks!?

Same problem here!... Going nuts over this!... No concrete information anywhere!...

I need to replace the rear shocks, any replacement part available that are not the expensive ones!?...

Please help me!...

Also have XL7/2007 with the 3rd row seats!...
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I just did a quick Google search and found some here:

Suzuki XL-7 Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly - Free Shipping - Replacement, KYB, Monroe

I'm not sure where you live but I've heard that there are non-Nivomat replacement shocks available.

Are there any other forum members with experience?
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Default No Luck yet!...

Thanks for the prompt response BigPaco... But this shock those not work...
If anyone can help! Post still opened...
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Why does it not work? I'm curious because some day I may have to replace mine also.

Part numbers for Chev Equinox should also work because suspension is the same. The only difference is that XL7 with 3rd row had Sachs Nivomat self-levelling shocks as original equipment.
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