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Old November 18th, 2010, 03:22 PM   #21
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ok dumb shit .... you torch off the nut on a tab connected to the strut ... ive done this more times than i can count it will not explode as u are not heating the cartridge its self .... go fall on this




and to be honest i wouldnt bother taking it off the strut as both are being replaced
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Old November 18th, 2010, 03:24 PM   #22
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I did the rear strut on my gf's car.. it was pretty easy, ran into some trouble with the pinch bolt on the bottom... heat it up with a torch so it comes out without breaking....

i just replaced the strut, and used the old spring (it was OK)

And the sway bar links where broken.. id just get new ones, because if they are not broke, they will be shortly..
X2 on the broken pinch bolt, that made it a loooong day.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 03:30 PM   #23
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DO NOT DO IT THIS WAY. Leave the bolts in the top so they hold the strut up when you pry down on the knuckle. Undo/remove link first. Then remove bottom pinch bolt. Pry/hammer knuckle down and pivot out of the way when strut comes out. remove three upper nuts.
Good point, I wasn't really posting it in order besides just what you need to remove.

Doing it in the order you stated there is definitely the way to go.

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ok dumb shit .... you torch off the nut on a tab connected to the strut ... ive done this more times than i can count it will not explode as u are not heating the cartridge its self .... go fall on this




and to be honest i wouldnt bother taking it off the strut as both are being replaced
Listen here fuckstick, just because you have done it a bunch of times doesn't make it the correct way to do it. You don't apply heat near or on a gas charged shock or strut, period!

I've also seen guys do it a bunch of times and not have an issue, then there's on time they do it, it gets a little hot and then you have a shock/strut exploding in your face.

I know sometimes it needs to be done and you can't help but doing it, but you have to be careful about it. Maybe adding that in there would have been a good idea, instead of telling someone to just go ahead and take a torch to it without a warning to the dangers of doing so.

So stop telling people to do dumb shit just because you do it so it must be ok.
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