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Old 05-03-2010, 10:46 AM   #1
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Strut Disassembly

Got my spare strut assemblies apart!!

Took 8 hours with penetrating fluid, torches, pipe wrenches, BFHs, chisels, grinder and some other heavy equipment to figure out the first one, but then only 2 hours for the second.

Now I can finally get the new shocks and springs on up front - back has been done already. Refreshing the rear end was awesome, hoping the front end refresh will be just as awesome!
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:16 PM   #2
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8 hours that sucks
If they were that hard to take apart, how did you manage to get them apart without wrecking the threads on the inside of the housing?

Luckily mine just came apart with a big pipe wrench.
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:12 PM   #3
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i used a pipe wrench as well 8 hours is brutes

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Old 05-03-2010, 11:02 PM   #4
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yeah, pipe wrench just wasn't doing it. I had a really big one on the collar and a big one on the housing and it just wasn't moving. Wound up grinding off the shock and the top of the collar down to the top of the strut housing, and chisled on an angle with the BFH until it broke free.

On the plus side, the hubs&bearings came off easily. Borrowed a puller from partsource but found they slid off by hand...

Gonna clean off the loose rust and paint the strut housings before dropping in the bilsteins and assembling the whole thing!
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:34 PM   #5
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Srsly? Damn.
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Old 05-05-2010, 01:33 PM   #6
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i have the special tool to remove the damn nut, takes about 5mins, but without the tool its a major pain
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:48 PM   #7
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The POS cars always come apart easily, and the nice cars are a PITA. Right Sam?

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Grow up and move on.
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:22 PM   #8
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what does this tool look like?
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