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Old 05-12-2000, 02:12 PM   #1
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if you have to dis, or re-assemble either of the struts, you will need a longish 17mm socket head, and a metric allen wrench (I forget the size, maybe 6mm or 8mm) I would also recommend having a small pipe wrench to turn the socket with.

the allen wrench is to keep the whole strut from twisting, the 17mm socket will be unbolting the pillow mounts/top hat assembly. You need to stick the wrench through the hole in the socket....it's a pain...

probably hard to picture this unless you've done it, but hopefully this will help...

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Old 05-12-2000, 02:14 PM   #2
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It really is simple. Just be sure to have plenty of brake fluid on hand. And dont forget your spring compressor. I would also recommend an impact wrench and breaker bar.
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Old 05-12-2000, 03:11 PM   #3
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It looks like i won't have to mess with the brake lines. do they need to be disconnected?
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Old 05-12-2000, 03:36 PM   #4
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Ok, I'm jealous. This sucks.

Wishing you luck, and cant wait to get a ride in it next weekend! I know some GREAT twisties for ya. And dont forget, if you want, you can come with me for a nice little twistie ride. With my Pirelli's, I can do the twisties course in over 30sec's faster, and take 4 of the turns over 18 mph faster.


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Old 05-12-2000, 03:48 PM   #5
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U don't need to bleed the brakes .. just cut through the clip and make sure u dont' cut the brake cable and take it out of the U thing. its simple
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Old 05-12-2000, 07:56 PM   #6
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Yep just use a dremmel Or what ever it is called to cut one side of the clip then use pliers to bend the clip out of the way. Pull the brake line out and that is it. Cut it the same way on the new struts and slide it in then bend the clip back and slide the extra cover piece over the clip. If you are intending to do it in the future you may want to install new stainless steel brake lines while you are at it. Then you can also swap in new fluid. Beats the hell out of doing it all over again later on down the road.
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Old 05-13-2000, 01:52 AM   #7
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Question Suspension Install

Is there anything that I should know? It looks similar to a vw install. Two bolts at the bottom and the top bolt. Am I missing anything?
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Old 05-13-2000, 07:22 PM   #8
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The installation is easy, you dont need the allen wrench or the spring compressor, I did this with my wife a couple of months ago. The stock springs are under maybe and maybe is a bog word 1 or 2 lbs of pressure in the mounts. Easy job to do, any questions email me
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Old 05-13-2000, 07:29 PM   #9
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How do you get the top piece off the front struts without the allen wrench? Mine are stuck!!!
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