The ride on my 03 has been progressively getting worse over the past 2 months with loud crashes over bumps, rattles & awful bump steer. I replaced the tie rod ends & sway bar end links a month ago, but it only helped a little.
So I ordered H&R springs from Tire Rack & KYB struts, shocks & strut mounts from the cheapest place I could find online that offered free shipping.
I packed up the van this morning & headed to the Auto Hobby Shop on base. If you've never heard of this, it's my favorite benefit of being active duty military. Imagine a huge garage with 4 frame lifts, 4 drive-on lifts, 8 clean flat bay stalls and every tool imaginable.
I tackled the front struts first because I knew the rears were pretty easy. I had no idea how difficult the fronts would wind up being though. I'm an above average mechanic & I've done half a dozen strut jobs before, but these were pretty tough. Not so much pulling the old ones out, but getting the new ones back in. It's mainly due to the location of the upper strut mounts & how heavy the assembled struts are.
Overall I spent 5 hours at the hobby shop at a cost of $15.25 total.
After pictures with the Yakima rack & roof box installed.
I found a random Odyssey to take side-by-side pictures as a comparison.
As a note I have 18" Nissan Murano wheels w. 235/50/18 tires.