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2-inch Strut Inserts

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HB210 and most Datsuns other than B110 use a 2.0 inch (50.8 mm) strut size. This article will help you choose parts for rebuild or replacement. For 1200 struts, see 45 mm Strut Inserts.

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2" OD Strut Inserts

Most Datsun struts use 2 inch (50.8mm) diameter strut tubes. The insert itself will usually be 1-5/8 inch (41.3mm) diameter and thus too big for 45 mm struts, although some are 1.5" (38mm) and so will also fit in 45 mm Struts.

HB210

A14-powered B210 uses 2" struts.

Nissan
* 56105-N8425 B210
  * superceded 56105-H5925
** B210 with A14
** B210 with A12 1977-1978
Aftermarket
* Monroe Sensa-Trac 73949 $35
** Compressed Length: 17.875"
** Extended Length: 24.250"
** Body Length: 17.375"
** Travel: 6.375"

* AC/Delco gas-charged 50335/88945515 $39
* KYB 364003 GR-2 gas $52
  ** 1974-1978 B210
  ** 1979-1982 210
  ** 1980-1983 200SX
  ** 1978-1981 510
* AutoTek 181 00-167
KONI
From the 1984 Nissan Competition Catalog
* 99996-1912R B210/FRONT KONI SHOCK ABSORBER
** KONI 86-1912
   ** B310 Nissan 99996-2002P 210/FRONT KONI SHOCK ABSORBER
   ** KONI 86-2002
   ** B310 Nissan 99996-2002T 210/FRONT (SPORT) KONI SHOCK ABSORBER 
** KONI 86-2002

Lowering

A Datsun 1200 uses 418mm long strut inserts. If lowered more than two inches (50mm) the strut tubes should be shortened accordingly and shorter-than-stock inserts chosen. There are not many short inserts for the stock 1200 struts.

The good news is there are many short inserts available for 2" struts.

Stock specs
* 418mm insert body
* Length Collapsed: 462mm
* 169mm stroke
2" shortened struts need:
* 367mm or shorter insert body
* 412mm or shorter collapsed length

Many inserts can be used. 280ZX inserts are the traditional choice but limit the suspension travel. The 300ZX inserts are a better choice as they have a full stroke (close to the travel of a stock 1200). Inserts shorter than the tube will fit if you use a spacer in the bottom of the strut tube, for example a short length of 1.5" exhaust tubing topped by a large washer.

Inserts by Length

356 Body length
1979-1983 280ZX TURBO/NON TURBO
Gabriel G44869 $29 Rockauto
* Extended Length  21.36" 543mm
* Collapsed Length 15.65" 398mm
* Stroke            5.71" 145mm
364 Body length/ 555 Extended/ 318 Collapsed, Book reference wrong???
R31 6/86-12/90, Pintara
Gabriel G44946/G44972
Koni Red Specials - 86-2361
362 body length/ 559 extended/ 392 collapsed
1985 Nissan 300ZX (Z31)
BILSTEIN 34-002643
Gabriel G44936 $15 Rockauto
* Extended Length  21.06" 535mm
* Collapsed Length 14.69" 373mm
* Stroke            6.37" 162mm
357 body length/ 531 extended/ 366 collapsed
Z31 (300ZX) 1/86-89 Rockauto
Monroe 73229 356 body length/524 extended/ 368 collapsed
Gabriel - G44968 
* Extended Length  20.91" 531mm
* Collapsed Length 14.41" 366mm
* Stroke            6.5"  165mm
Tokico Performance Gas - HZ3100
381 Body Length/ 543 Extended/ 398 Collapsed
240/260/280z (S30),Gazelle
from chassis#30-060001 strut tube size is increased inside and outside,
some inserts will fit both but others are chassis-specific
* fits all S30
  Mulholland - 2351501
  Gabriel G44869 $32 Rockauto
  * Extended Length  21.36" 543mm
  * Collapsed Length 15.65" 398mm 
  * Stroke            5.71" 145mm
  Monroe US Made - 86361
* up to chassis#30-060000
  Koni Red Specials - 86-1811
  Tokico HP Series - HZ3015
  KYB GR2 Gas - 361002
  Tokico Illumina 5-Way Adjustable - BZ3015
* from chassis#30-060001
  Tokico HP Series - HZ3012
  KYB GR2 Gas - 361003
  Tokico Illumina 5-Way Adjustable - BZ3012
403 Body length/ 575 Extended/ 415 Collapsed 
200b (810 L24E) 10/77-81, 240K (C110) 73-79, Skyline C210 3/78-80,
R30 3/81-86, 200SX 77-79, 1600 (P510) 8/71-73
Gabriel - G44856/G44900
Vera - 62-00976
Koni Red Specials - 86-2224
410mm (415mm if including gland nut) 340mm travel
1600 (P510) 68-8/69, 180b (P610) 72-77
Monroe - MC962,
Gabriel - G44864
437mm Body Length
Stanza/Violet/510 (A10) 77-81, Sunny (B310) 78-81, 200SX 80-83
Monroe - MC949,
Gabriel - G44752
Vera - 62-00570
KYB GR2 Gas - 364003 442mm bodyRockauto $26
* upper mount 12x1.25
441mm Body Length
#HB210
??????? Not sized yet
1600 (P510) 9/69-7/71
Monroe MC926
Gabriel G44865
381mm Body Length 145-171mm stroke, 587mm extended, 409mm compressed
280ZX (S130) 78-83, Bluebird 80-83, Maxima (910) 82-84
Tokico Illumina - BZ3038,
Tokico Illumina 5-Way Adjustable - TOBZ3038
Tokico Performance Gas - HZ3038
Gabriel G44977
KYB GR2 Gas - 365013 $31
* top mount 12x1.25

GM Holden Commodore

You can use Commodore inserts (VB to VP) which are a little tight and 1/2 inch shorter than 1200 inserts.

Monroe 25-3632
* Commodore    1978-1993 VB,VC,VH,VK,VL,VN,VP
* Caprice      1990-1994 VQ including Statesman
* Toyota Lexen 1989-1993
* Type T6
* Body length:      405  mm (13 mm shorter than stock)
* Length Extended:  599  mm
* Length Compressed:405  mm
* Greater stroke than 1200 shocks
* Body Diameter: 44.5 mm ?
* Nut 110-039-037
* Ring 137-A61-007 
KYB #365007 Excel-G to suit GM Commodore 1978-1993
End shaft diameter: 14mm
Shaft diameter: 22mm
Body diameter: 43mm

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The Commodore Gland nut does not fit the Datsun strut body. The Datsun nut will not fit over the 22mm shaft.
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