Keep "popping" strut mount / strut tops when offroading, need heavy duty strut top recommendation

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Keep "popping" strut mount / strut tops when offroading, need heavy duty strut top recommendation

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G'day guys,

The Tercel's been getting a work out in the sand and offroad recently and I keep popping the strut top / strut rubber mounts.

Any recommendation of a heavy duty set to use instead? I'm in Australia if that helps!

Here's some pics from the recent trips.
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Re: Keep "popping" strut mount / strut tops when offroading, need heavy duty strut top recommendation

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Your springs are probably the main source of the problem, they are probably tired and sagging so I would replace them with the springs for cars with A/C, and the strut insert as well while you're at it.

Some people here have done front and rear lifts with different springs. I did it with Camry springs up front and didn't like the results, I wound up with some CV axle clunking that I couldn't figure out so now I prefer to stick with stock springs and struts and just mess around with larger wheels/tires. It looks like you're already running about the biggest tires you can.
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Re: Keep "popping" strut mount / strut tops when offroading, need heavy duty strut top recommendation

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Are your rebound bumpers good, or even there?
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after inspecting and work on perhaps 70 or 80 old Tercel4wd, I have only seen a failed upper mount once. it was from a high desert area. sounds like it might be bottoming out and doing damage.

the first generation MR2 (mark I) has a similar upper front strut mount, if you can find a performance after market upper strut mount for the early MR2 it might hold up better.

Nothing else is a direct bolt in replacement. however, you can likely make a camry or corrola one work with some mods to the strut tower.
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Cheers for the replies fellas

1. Springs being the problem: probably we don't have access to the components of the barto and other lifts in aus. A local suspension company Lovells make some raised springs might have to give them a go

2. Rebound bumpers? Any good? Probably haven't been replaced for the 20+ years this car has been on the roads

3. @Petros im not the nicest to the suspension in the car, almost certain it happened at about 70ks an hour with a bit of air on all 4 wheels 🤮 ill have to do some research on the mk1 mr2 uppers cheers for the hint.
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Considering age and driving style they could be hammered into bits. Very essential part, they are the last line of defense for bottoming. Might not help in your case! Make sure they are good though. New boot/bumper kits are the cheapest part of the strut assy. I would also recommend new strut cartridges if they are also 20+ years old. Might as well do springs while your at it..
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Post by teranfirbt »

Bump stops probably won't help much if the strut mounts are really being torn up. Longer travel suspension to allow those bumps to be fully absorbed in the dampers is the real answer.
In any case, I used a pair of FX16 strut mounts on my AW11 because the bolt pattern was super close and they were significantly less expensive than actual AW11 mounts, should fit the Tercel as well.
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