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Running the car up on the hoist isn't going to show a problem caused by a suspect suspension component not working correctly when loaded down.

My own personal experience with my Caliber (which is also a manual) is that there can be a bit of a shudder when starting up from a dead stop, like the tires are quickly grabbing and slipping. I've not done any research into this since it's a very intermittent thing, but I can't help but wonder what the weight difference is between the manual and CVT trannies. Is the suspension affected by the manual possibly being lighter, and is less weight being placed on the front tires causing some sort of slippage?

And if I'm right about that, is it at all possible that the change in suspension geometry caused by your new taller quick-struts having a similar effect? Something to think about I guess.
 
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