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  1. Figured I'd give an update, finally had a few free days to work on it, turns out the rattling issue I mentioned was a loose bolt on the caliper, maybe all the oil coming out of the shock loosened it? Or it just wasn't tightened, either way it's all tight now, the 280 strut fit in with about 2 1/2 inches worth of washers, and the passenger side feels great now, I'm going to be doing the drivers side tomorrow, so to the few who have A10's, 1980 KYB 280zx strut inserts off of rock auto seem to work fine.
  2. Hello again, sorry I'm a bit slow with the replies, carterb thanks for the suggestion, unfortunately when I did my first rebuild I ordered those same struts, and they actually don't fit, and it's not anything that washers can fix either, they where too tall to be bolted into the strut tube. Also yenpit, I agree my lack or experience could have caused some issues on my first rebuild, but the gland nut on the front right had some damage and it leaked oil even before I did my rebuild, I just didn't realize until I put it all back together. I followed your suggestions and ordered a pair of '80 280
  3. Yes there is quite a bit of oil on the outside, and I think I am missing the bearing in the top hat, I don't remember seeing one on my first rebuild. do you have any recommendations for a shock that fits the A10? I've been looking around but can't find much info on them. Also, for the front bearing I found this website (https://www.nzdatsunparts.co.nz/sec-61-front-suspension-strut-shock-absorber) this is more or less the only place I can find parts for my suspension, does it seem like a good supplier? Thanks for the help!
  4. Hello, I rebuilt my front struts under a year ago and filled them with new oil, but starting yesterday I'm getting an extreme rattle on bumpy roads, and at this point I think all the oil I put in has left the strut, so now the front end is extremely bouncy and rattle-y. I think my strut is missing pieces, when I rebuilt it I don't remember seeing pieces that I saw online, such as any bearings. The front right has been especially bad the whole time I've owned the car and I've never been able to fix it, and I cannot find any used or new struts anywhere, the only strut inserts I bought did not fi
  5. I live near Silver City, the two relays where under a black plastic cover right next to the battery. The numbers are pretty far gone and trying to clean them may make them worse, I already accidentally destroyed a few other numbers while cleaning. I'll try getting a new alternator, my car's my daily so hopefully that's all it'll take to get it back on the road.
  6. My battery was dying, and I was pretty sure it was the cheapo battery I bought but I figured I may as well have the alternator replaced anyways, I called back the store but I guess the old one has already been sent back to be recycled. Are you sure my car doesn't have a regulator? I looked up "1980 datsun 510 voltage regulator" and found some for sale that looked a lot like what I posted earlier, and some say they are for the '80 model year too.
  7. That's odd, any idea why the battery won't charge? I picked up a new alternator, battery, and belt. Old alternator kept the battery at 14 volts no issues, this new one seems to only keep it at 11 or so, and after a few days of driving my battery is just about dead now.
  8. I bought a new alternator for my car with an internal regulator and it isn't making enough volts so I need to take out the cars regulator. I've found a few guides for earlier 510s but not the A10, and just wanted to make sure I was doing it right. I'm also not sure which one is the regulator. There's a smaller rounder one and a larger more rectangular one, the smaller one has blue, black, and green. The bigger one has yellow, black, green, white, blue, and white/black. Which one is the regulator and how do I bypass it? Thanks!
  9. Hello! I've had my '80 Datsun 510 for a good year as my daily driver, and it only really has one issue, that being the insanely soft suspension. I rebuilt my front struts and installed new shocks in the rear, but that didn't help as much as I'd like. More importantly, the front suspension has an unknown issue. I'm not sure if it's missing a bearing or if something's loose up there, but while turning the wheel I'll hear a meaty "thud" from the front right strut, and the spring on that side doesn't really like staying in place either. I've tried rebuilding that side multiple times following guid
  10. That would be amazing but I'm over four hours from you and wouldn't want to give you any trouble. I have idea I was thinking of doing anyways though, I could just make a video of the issues I've been facing, maybe I could use my external microphone and have it next to the strut as I drive along as well. I'm sure looking at it in some form would be more helpful compared to me just rambling.
  11. Hey sorry it took me so long to get back to this topic. Both sides seem to be evenly distributed. There's also a rumbling sound as I drive as if something's loose, I've crawled under the car and can't figure out what it is though, I'm starting to think something with the strut may be broken, I've followed your guide on rebuilding them as well as a few others and I've done it about 5 times now but nothing changes. Is there any way to get a hold of new front struts for these cars? I can only find ones like these:https://technotoytuning.com/nissan/510/front-coilover-conversion-datsun-510. And I'm
  12. Nope, fully stock ride height and suspension setup.
  13. I can only turn it a little bit, but it's fairly easy to do so
  14. Yeah the o ring should be in the right place, and for the spring, I can grab it a rotate it slightly. I thought I had it seated right but maybe not?
  15. Oh, I thought it was more important. I'm having two main issues, maybe you've encountered them on your adventures. When I turn the wheel, it sounds like the spring is slipping. The only way I can really describe the sound is it's like you hit a metal barrel with a hammer, just more muffled, it's a metal on metal sound with a lot of echoing. Also, my gland nut (the one that hold in the strut right?) keeps coming loose, resulting in a semi-constant rumble as the suspension is probably shifting around from the looseness. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I got a friend to hold the whole strut in
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