Help Suspension experts and experienced dyers
So I diy my 2010 maxima front strut replacement with original springs, the ride ended up unusually rough with loud bottoming out over bigger bumps and pot holes to the point that i feel that it gots to be something wrong with my installation or parts.(was not like this with oem worn out struts 129k).
I went with New Monroe OE Spectrums from Rock Auto and new Monroe Strut mounts and Monroe Bellow and bumper kit as well, i was very careful to document the removal and disassembly as to make sure and put back everything as oem, (took pictures and marked things). there is one caveat, the lower retainer, i believe is called (circled red in the picture below ) which holds the rubber bumper I had to leave out because it would not fit the new rubber bumper of the bellow kit and it would sit loose and make noise (pictured below). by carefully looking at the assembled strut assembly i do not think that not having this lower retainer is crucial or causing the loud banging, (bottoming out) but i may be wrong.
Does someone have any idea or experience with this situation?
is there such a thing as worn out springs? 129k on them.