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Old April 28th, 2007, 09:04 AM
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shock towers/shock removal

So I have gotten the front shock towers off and the springs out, easy. How did you guys get the top nut off the front shock? Did you just replace the shock tower? Thanks.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 01:08 PM
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I think I just used an Impact, but aren't there flats on the top of the shock piston to keep it from turning while you loosen the nut? If not and you are replacing the shock anyway, just put a set of vice grips on the piston shaft. Obviously you don't want to do this to the new shock when tightening or if you are reusing the shock as it will scar the shaft and tear up the seal on the shock when it compresses.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 01:44 PM
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Old April 28th, 2007, 02:46 PM
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tried all of the above. started to eat up the top with vice grips, I ended up burning out the nyloc nut with a little torch and it came right off with the plastic gone. the other side came off the first try.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 09:06 PM
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Channel locks on the shock itself sometimes work, especially when removing the bottom bolts
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Old May 8th, 2007, 08:01 AM
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I planning to replace my shocks and shock towers later today.

In order to remove shocks I will need to sawzall/cut bolts.

I've never installed shocks before.

Any advice for removing the old shocks and installing the new?

Do you install the shocks compressed or open? ...like I said I am a neophyte.

Thanks in advance.

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I did not have to cut anything. Impact wrench, WD40 (or equivalent; start spraying a few days before you undo everything so that it can soak good), channel locks(or strap wrench or...) and that was it. You's probably need a lot of patience. For the bottom (front?), I think I used a small wrench (5/32" ?) to keep the shock from turning.

Well.... Jack Stand and Hydraulic jack! ;-) Also take that opportunity to remove the rust everywhere (shock towers, retaining rings,...) and apply some anti-rust coating/something while everything is undone.
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Thanks - got it done - only needed to cut two bolts - a Plumbers wrench worked well on the old shocks..

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