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Old 06-03-2007, 11:52 PM   #1
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Arrow Someone with an air gun that is in the NOVA area...help :-(

I am trying to remove springs off of STI struts...

I was able to get the rear springs off the rear struts with the open socket and an allen wrench....

The front however are another animal... I spent the last 2 hrs trying to break it loose and couldn't... I think the actual inside where you put the allen key is actually getting bigger because there is a lot more play in the allen wrench hole... even though i used the correct allen wrench...I don't have a spring compressor but would that really make a difference for the fronts... the rears were tough but I was able to get them loose...and apart..

This is litterly kicking my ass... I'm exhausted..

Is there anyone in the herndon, fairfax, sterling..etc area that has an air gun that would be able to help me break loose the top 17mm bolt so that I can get these springs off?

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Old 06-04-2007, 06:47 AM   #2
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FWIW you can buy an electric impact wrench at Pep Boys for like $80-$90. It's the blue Goodyear one. I've had mine for almost a year now and it's already been through four suspension installs and countless tire changes.

Did you try loosening that bolt while the struts were still on the car?

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Old 06-04-2007, 08:30 AM   #3
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FWIW you can buy an electric impact wrench at Pep Boys for like $80-$90. It's the blue Goodyear one. I've had mine for almost a year now and it's already been through four suspension installs and countless tire changes.

Did you try loosening that bolt while the struts were still on the car?

john

John,
Struts are complelely off the car. And the stock suspension is still on the car. I have two sets.

Very good to know about the impact wrench!! Do you have to get sockets for it and what else is needed for it?

Thanks so much!

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EDIT: pep boys is out because there isn't one around me that is close...

Sears however is much closer...3 miles..

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/searc...&vertical=TOOL

Which one out of the 50+ that they have listed would be good? I do not have an air compressor so which electronic one? Also I do not see impact metric sizes or a 17mm socket for them?

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Old 06-04-2007, 09:07 AM   #4
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I have an electric one I bought at home depot. It works reasonably well. It won't take on really hard jobs.

In fact I have this one

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...seBVCookie=Yes

It's OK. It probably wouldn't touch removing the camber bolts on the struts. I used it to remove the bolts holding a strut together last night.
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:47 AM   #5
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I have an electric one I bought at home depot. It works reasonably well. It won't take on really hard jobs.

In fact I have this one

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...seBVCookie=Yes

It's OK. It probably wouldn't touch removing the camber bolts on the struts. I used it to remove the bolts holding a strut together last night.
I actually saw that on the website and was thinking of that one! 325ft lbs of tq seems good.. right?

So this would not get the center bolt off the front struts? Not the strut bolts holding onto the suspension when you remove the wheel... just as if your holding the strut vertical and completly in the center there is the 17mm bolt. I just need to loosen it then I can use a normal socket wrench... I just can't for the life of me break it loose.

What sockets do I get for an impact gun? Do they make a longer 17mm socket like a deep socket? I don't think the shorter ones will work...

Thanks!
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:09 AM   #6
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I don't have a spring compressor but would that really make a difference for the fronts... the rears were tough but I was able to get them loose...and apart..
Woah.

You don't even have spring compressors?

Uh...

Get spring compressors. Right now the front springs are putting hundreds of pounds of force on the top nut. That makes it hard to turn.

Spring compressors are like $30.
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Old 06-04-2007, 01:09 PM   #7
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I picked up my Pepboy's sockets for a darn good price - or - Harbor Freight

I thinks they have a nice selection of impact sockets and such.


BTW Craftsman has a rechargeable 1/2 impact gun. It is another option for you.
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Old 06-04-2007, 01:17 PM   #8
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hey man if u need a impact gun i have a 1/2 drive IR impact gun with a couple impact sockets, send me a PM if u still need it done. i live in fairfax annandale area
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Old 06-04-2007, 04:03 PM   #9
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I don't see how an impact gun is going to necessarily solve this guy's problems.

Right now he's spinning the nut AND the strut. An impact gun will most likely just... spin the nut and the strut. I speak from experience here.

Dude, you NEED spring compressors. For many reasons. Including if you take the top nut off without them, there's a decent chance the top hat will shoot off and hit you in the face, followed by the spring, while the strut hits you in the jimmies.
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:15 PM   #10
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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! VICTORY!!!

I went to home depot and got the dewalt electric impact wrench with sockets...

OMG I can NOT believe how fast this was!!!!!

It LITTERLY took me 4 mintues to get BOTH springs off the front struts!!!!

I am in aw... litterly I can not believe how fast that was and how PAINLESS and how I didn't have to sweat... !!!

I still didn't use spring compressors for the fronts, with the Tein springs that were already on here it didn't need them,... I squeased the springs down a little and my gf did the impact wrench... hardly any bounce or spring going up at all, actually the spring only went up about 6mm.....

Thank you for the PM's about helping!

I am still in utter aw at how easy that was!!!

-Nigel
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gratz man!
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