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Hey guys! It's my first post in here. I'm 20 years old and an avid self made mechanic. That being said I also bought my first 2011 1.8L Manual Versa in 2010. Since then I have put 77K miles on it and I live in a bumpy city.

It's time to do some preventive maintancence which has never been done. I want to change the struts on my versa, but I took a look at it today, and noticed that the springs are in the well. I have ALWAYS had trouble with strut springs and compressing them without breaking anything. So here are my first few questions about the struts if I were to replace them:

1. How and what do I use to compress those tight springs? (Can I rent it or get it at a local auto store?)
2. What is the bar attaching to the strut (looks like a stabilizer of some sort), but I've never seen something like this before on any strut.
3. Is there anything I need to watch out for while doing this that ya'll have encountered?


Thanks for all your responses in advance!
 

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You shouldnt need new struts after 77k. The Versa ride is a little harsh from factory.

1. How and what do I use to compress those tight springs? (Can I rent it or get it at a local auto store?)

You need a spring compressor. Yes, you can rent them or habor freight tools has them for 12.99. Watch some youtube videos on how to change lowering springs

2. What is the bar attaching to the strut (looks like a stabilizer of some sort), but I've never seen something like this before on any strut.

That bar is attached to the sway bar, you remove the top 14mm nut and slide the top end off.

3. Is there anything I need to watch out for while doing this that ya'll have encountered?

You dont need to remove the cowl but you can if you want it makes it easier. Use a 1/4 ratchet, extension, and swivel to get to the back top strut bolts.

Thanks for all your responses in advance!
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For the spring compressor you can rent it at Auto-Zone through their Loan-A-Tool Program. It usually goes from $50-$55 for renting and the price will fluctuate depending on where you live.
 
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