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Old 02-27-2003, 01:13   #1 (permalink)
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Removing rear shocks in EA Sedan

Im having trouble removing my rear shocks. I cant seem to remove the top bolt as when i turn it the shock's upper shaft turns with it. Ive tried to hold onto the top piece of the shock (above the top of the thread, see picture below) but that just resulted in breaking the top(non threaded) off.

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Old 02-27-2003, 02:14   #2 (permalink)
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Hey,

get some vice grips and hold it really tight...thats the only way to get it off!!!

If you have broken the top part off, you will have to get a grinder and cut the shock out from the under side.
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Are you putting new shocks in? If so, get the vise grips and grip the thread really tight, then once you have wound the nut up a bit, hacksaw the shock off underneath the nut
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You can actually buy a special 3 piece shock absorber tool for this; they're cheap and work well too (I have one). Got it here http://www.eastwoodcompany.com/aspfi...1.x=70&I1.y=44
Shock Absorber Tool Item No. - 49019


Hmm I think the price has doubled since I bought I got them
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Old 02-27-2003, 06:33   #5 (permalink)
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Well i broke the top off one side, and yes i am installing brand new shocks.

I might try to file down a bit ofthe top of the thread to give somwhere to grip with a set of multi-grips, and lift up the nut enough to get an anglegrinder/hacksaw in there.
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Wow sounds like someones really done the nuts up tight if you snaped the top of the shock.

Try and see if you can undo the nuts on the side of the strut tower, then see if you can take the shockie by lifting the strut tower and shockie up and out as one piece.

Then you'll be able to stick it in a vice or whatever and take the shockie nut off.
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i just got the angle grinder and cut the nut off :)

BTW it was the origional shock from Feburary 1990...Damn, no wonder why it was stuffed 236000km and 23yrs
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