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Old 03-09-2009, 02:37 PM   #1
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what to do?

i threw a pipe wrench on the top of the strut to keep it from spinning, didnt want to grab though.

i am trying to break the nut free to swap springs.
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:42 PM   #2
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you pretty much have to use an impact gun now...

and i actually separated a set of struts with the intent of shipping them to you however i quickly realized that i had just taken apart the rear and you need fronts right...?

then it started to snow so i retreated indoors...
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Old 03-09-2009, 04:55 PM   #3
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i was looking for rear sti 02 03 springs.

so now i need a 16mm impact socket.

any other ideas before i go this route?

i was thinking of lightly disc sanding underneath the bump stop so my pipe wrench could grab?
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Old 03-09-2009, 05:10 PM   #4
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If you stripped the allen head I doubt a pipe wrench would have enough grip to prevent it from spinning.

Use an impact gun. It will come off in like 2 seconds.
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Old 03-09-2009, 05:37 PM   #5
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+1 for the impact gun.
I wouldn't do most suspension removal without one.
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Old 03-09-2009, 06:57 PM   #6
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+1 impact gun

If you need to rent and electrical one and don't mind coming up to Burnaby, lemme know. You can pay me in beer.

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Old 03-09-2009, 08:50 PM   #7
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okay, i burrowed one from work and bought a 16,17,and 19 mm impact sockets to add to the set.

and a 3/4 to 1/2 adapter.

i wish my compressor was working. thanks for the offer tim. i'm going to work on it in a couple minutes.


whoa, is this guy new this is like some ymca ****
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:32 PM   #8
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alright, got er done. the one strut that i stripped is trippin me out. it had a slightly smaller size hex hole than the other 3. i think it would be a 5.5 or 6.5mm hole. so after a good 10 minutes of almost pure impact gun the nut was finally almost off. it took so long because the strut spun freely.

it is still a bitch to get the nut back on because it just doesnt want to spin on easily, the threads look fine on the nut and strut and i have no idea how im going to torque it to spec. at least it is a front one so it is easily accessible once installed.

btw i bought these used and are already off the car for me to work on.

my route for the other three worked out great. i simply layed the strut on the floor and cracked the nut loose with a 17mill. after that i used my hex key attached to vise grips and a socket with a pipe wrench to easily work the nuts off the rest of the way.

now i just have to swap my rear tops on to the new rear struts and it's time for the swap.

thanks guys for ur help

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Old 03-10-2009, 12:02 PM   #9
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When you're impacting that nut off and on, do it in short pulls. Spinning up the shaft enough can kill the seal at the top.

I used soapy water to clean a rubber dishwashing glove and the shaft. Then grab the shaft with your fingers and have somebody else apply impact.

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Old 03-10-2009, 12:20 PM   #10
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how would i know if i f'd the seal
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:35 PM   #11
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I wouldn't worry too much about it for now. Just have a look at it after you've driven it for a week or so, and once a week for a short while. If the seal's blown, you'll know...

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