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Old 02-11-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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Unhappy 04 STi strut won't go back together! HELP!!

I just bought 04 STi struts knowing one needed to be taken apart and regreased. It is the driver rear. I attempted to remove the 14mm bolt on the bottom, but ended up spinning the rod out of the center of the insert. Now i have the insert/piston out of the housing and the nut connected to the rod in the center. If i try to remove the bolt it just spins the entire rod and it won't seat properly in the insert/piston. Help me please!
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:48 PM   #2
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:52 PM   #3
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Do you have spring clamps also I am pretty sure there is a spot to put an allen wrench in to keep it from spinning while the nut is loosened. I cant remember if its like that exactly its been a while and I am on coilovers now.
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Do you have spring clamps also I am pretty sure there is a spot to put an allen wrench in to keep it from spinning while the nut is loosened. I cant remember if its like that exactly its been a while and I am on coilovers now.
i looked closely on the rod and where people say its an allen key, its just a circle.
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It has flats that fit into the strut. So you have to press down while you tighten/loosen the bolt. If they get rounded off you can cut a slot into the end to hold it with a big screwdriver.
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It has flats that fit into the strut. So you have to press down while you tighten/loosen the bolt. If they get rounded off you can cut a slot into the end to hold it with a big screwdriver.
how would i cut a slot in the end? i cant really fit many tools town in the housing
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vice grip the piston.
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vice grip the piston.
i would if i had long enough and skinny enough vice grips
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I mean cut a slot into the end so you can undo the nut and get the piston rod out of the housing. This would be done right at the nut.

But if the rod came out of the insert, you lost gas pressure and probably some oil and you can't just put it back together. I would suggest sending it to Feal suspension because they rebuild them. You have to drill out the end of the shock where it bolts to the top mount and then plug it in order to refill, charge, and bleed the shock.

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Old 02-25-2013, 02:18 PM   #11
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got it rebuilt at Feal
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