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VZ struts in a VS

Discussion in 'VR - VS Holden Commodore (1993 - 1997)' started by ZAC8200, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. ZAC8200

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    Hey all,
    Im just wondering if its possible at all to install VZ struts into a VS commodore?
    Also what components would be needed to make it all work together?
    any response would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks
     
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    No problems at all with that one. Many years ago I bought a set of brand new Ex HSV set of struts that they remove and replace with their upgraded units and fitted them straight into my VS. The only issue was that the valving in those struts were to suit a V8 and mine was a 6 cylinder, thus it's a tad harder in the front end. The only thing you'll have to do is use your original springs and strut top mounts opposed to the VZ ones which are totally different. If you are using 6 cylinder VZ units into a 6 cylinder VS you shouldn't encounter any issues whatsoever.

    Cheers.
     
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    ah okay, so they're a straight swap. will they be compatible with the balljoint link pin style? and I'm not too fussed about how harsh the ride is at the moment. I thought vs and vz strut mounts were the same as well?
     
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    The link pin set up isn't an issue....The ball end goes through the sway bar on the VZ, and not at the strut end.
     
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    The VZ sway bar links are indeed a double ball joint. The attach both to the sway bar and the strut via ball joints.
    Pretty sure they were changed to this configuration after VY series II.
     
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    will i need to substitute my stock sway bar for a vz one?
     
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    Hi Guys,

    I've just realised that the struts I put into my VS were in fact VY and not VZ. Looking at a VZ strut it won't work as the stabiliser link mount is totally different and a VZ sway bar won't fit into a VS.
    Sorry about that.
     
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    I've been told that the VZ struts can actually be used in a VS commodore, with the change of a couple of parts, is this true or in fact a myth? I've been told it's a better setup
     
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    Can you use the ball joint links on the vs then?
     
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    Wouldn't be able to because the VZ uses the double ball joint & the VS uses pin style ends.


    VS Sway Bar Link Pins
    VS sway bar link pins.jpg
    VZ Sway Bar Link Pins
    VZ sway bar link pins.jpg
     
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    Just thinking about it some more........
    The VZ strut accepts the ball joint type sway bar link and the VS swaybar accepts the pin style swaybar link.
    A VY sway bar link might work if you use it upside down, the ball joint & pin configuration will be correct for what you are trying to achieve

    VY Sway Bar Link Pins
    Vy sway bar link pins.jpg
     
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    Sounds like it might be easier to just stick to the standard design I think
     
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    Sorry to ghost a thread here but I have a vs ute that l bought recently. It has been upgraded to vz shocks with vy link pins... when replacing the busted link pins, I cant get the sway bar back on (as it brings the bar much higher) or get the links to seat back into the shock... frusting as all hell. I've been trying to get them back in for 2 hours now with no luck! Can anyone offer some friendly advice??
    I should have just put up with the clunking noise but it really annoyed me since day one!
     
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    Everything needs to be even on both sides so jack the front of the car up under the subframe. If you do one side at a time it won't line up.
     
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    Whiteline sells an adjustable sway bar with vertical holes. I've always wanted to install one and VZ struts so that I can use the double ball-jointed link pin. Has anyone done it?
     
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    There are ball joint sway bar link arms to suit the VS set up. I've had em on a few cars now and they seem to work well enough.
     
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    Got it finally. It appears that I needed to put the wheels into full lock in order to get it to seat.
     
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