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Old 04-29-2005, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default Portland: anybody have air tools and wanna help me out?

Anybody in the greater Portland area have a garage with some air tools where I can show up and do about 20 minutes worth of work? I'll toss some cash your way.

Okay, here's the story...I had a blown rear V5 STi strut. Nobody sells just one V5 strut, so I had to replace em all. Decided I'd just go with some AGXs for the short term. Got the rears on without incident. Had to take em to some random guy's house to use his air wrench to remove the bolt that attaches the piston to the top hat. No problem. Well, except that now I can't get ahold of that guy anymore.

Then I went around to do the fronts and hit a bit of a snag. The passenger side bolts that mount the strut bottom to the hub are rusted solid. I got the nuts off, but I can't get the bolts out. On all three other corners, these bolts just slid right out when I pulled em. Not here. I can't even get em to turn. A hammer did no good. I don't want to use a torch to break the rust because it's too close to the gas struts that'll explode if I overheat them.

So, the option a couple of mechanics recommended as the safest, best solution was to use an air chisle to sort of hammer them out from the backside. If I can get the bolts out, I can put new bolts in, drive it home and finish the swap with simple hand tools. It may require a second trip to very quickly remove the one nut on each strut that holds the strut top on.

Anybody out there with the tools gracious enough to help? Like I said, I'll toss some cash your way. I just really prefer doing things myself instead of paying a garage to do the work for me. You know how it is. Thanks a lot!

Adam
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Old 05-01-2005, 09:55 AM   #2
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Old 05-01-2005, 10:07 AM   #3
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I have those tools, but no place to do it. Warning, often when the top nut is frozen the strut rod(threaded part) gets broken off. I've seen it happen quite a few times. Usually when it happened it doesn't matter because that strut is getting chucked anyways.

Anywho, you should be able to get a smaller wrench or socket on the strut rod itself while turning the large nut that holds the spring perch(top hat)/strut bearing assmbly.

To get the large bolt out of the knuckle and bottom of the strut just thread the nut on most of the way and smack it with a BFH, it will back out part way, then remove the nut and jiggle it the rest of the way out.
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Old 05-01-2005, 05:10 PM   #4
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Adam
My garage is open.

Chris has the tools and I have the compressor.
I'm over near the SoPo High School.
I have Sundays and Mondays off. Talk with Chris about a time. Send me a PM.

Chris
I'm thinking about gutting my up/down pipes and I was wondering If you might want to help me out. All I have to do now is buy some new gaskets. I already have both of the CEL fixes.
Maybe Adam's strut deal and my up/down pipes could be done on the same day?

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Old 05-02-2005, 05:49 AM   #5
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I'd love to help but my next 2 weekends are booked. I have vaca coming up and a wicked fun Isuzu double cyl head(my wife is starting to hate it) goat rope going on that might have to wait. Its been clogging my driveway for 9 months now. I'll have a better idea later this week. I'll let you know.
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Old 05-02-2005, 09:29 AM   #6
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Thanks, fellas. I'll probably take you up on this after Chris gets back from vacation. This'll be pretty convenient too, because I usually do most of the work on my car at my buddy Tony's house. He lives on Hoyt just off of Broadway (right behind Campbell's market).

Chris...the bolt on the top of each strut isn't the problem. I need an air compresser to get those off, but I don't have any reason to think they'll be a problem at this point, since the rears came right off. The problem I've got is the two large bolts that attach the bottom of the strut to the hub. The two passenger side bolts are so rusted in place that I can't even get em to spin. I've gotten the nuts off the top of the bolts and tried hitting them with a BHF, but there's just to getting em out with hand tools. Does that make sense?

Dan, let me know if you need a hand. I'd be glad to help out.
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Old 05-02-2005, 11:57 AM   #7
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A project day in a few weeks also works better for me.
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Old 05-02-2005, 06:21 PM   #8
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Hey guys, I'm kind of watching some personal issues that have came up today. If it happens that you guys are waiting for me I can lend you whatever tools you might need. I could drop them off with SoPo Dan.
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Old 05-02-2005, 07:23 PM   #9
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If you really get in trouble, stop by F1 Dyno in Portland. I'm sure they wouldn't charge ya much and you can check out Dave's STi and Shawn's Evo MR. THe twin turbo viper might be there too. Check out F1dyno.com for directions.
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Old 05-04-2005, 09:44 PM   #10
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That's not a bad idea. I met Shawn once. His buddy Fred (who wrecked his Mach 1 and bought an 05 STi to replace it) introduced us. Fred lives right next to Tony, my friend with an Evo 8. Before Shawn bought his MR, he came over to look at Tony's 8, and Tony was gracious enough to let him take it for a test drive...did you get all that?

Anyway, long story to say I met Shawn once. He seemed like a nice enough guy.
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