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Old 02-25-2012, 02:00 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Replacing Stock Shocks, Struts and Mounts

After 139k finallyyyyyy going to replace my suspension parts on my 2005. I'm going with OEM parts again since I seemed to have such good luck with these parts the first time.

Took the car in about a month ago, and the shop said they were all fine but after taking some opinions here I decided to replace them anyway. Can't hurt anything to replace them, it can only improve my ride.

I am anxious to try a new set up with my Teins to see how the ride is.

So my question is: Is there anything else I should consider replacing while we got it all apart?

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Default Re: Replacing Stock Shocks, Struts and Mounts

Nice , I have to replace my stock suspension also . Was the wife extra mad ?
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That should cover it. Looks like a fun afternoon. You doing the work?

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Looks like you have it all covered!!!
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Default Re: Replacing Stock Shocks, Struts and Mounts

A lot of the times when doing suspension, the nut on the stabilizing links are usually seized or free spins.. i usually start at the links to see if they will give me any trouble.. Just something to keep in mind.. Hope this helps..
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Default Re: Replacing Stock Shocks, Struts and Mounts

Originally Posted by smittybizzle View Post
Nice , I have to replace my stock suspension also . Was the wife extra mad ?
LOL yeah she was....

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That should cover it. Looks like a fun afternoon. You doing the work?

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No, I don't have the time or tools ore experience for all of that, I think I found a good shop that replaced a bad wheel bearing for me once. A neighborhood shop, going to use them again.


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Looks like you have it all covered!!!
Good, if you think of anything let me know. Hope to get in in there next week.

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A lot of the times when doing suspension, the nut on the stabilizing links are usually seized or free spins.. i usually start at the links to see if they will give me any trouble.. Just something to keep in mind.. Hope this helps..
Stabilizing links.... I have Racingline Endlinks is that the same thing? I had one of the nuts on those just fall completely off.
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Stabilizing links.... I have Racingline Endlinks is that the same thing? I had one of the nuts on those just fall completely off.
Nice, Racingline End Links huh.. I hear that those are a great product but wow..??!!.. to have a nut fall off completely..? Are you sure that you tightened the nut..? Yes, those are aka stabilizing links.. Are you planning to do this job yourself and have you done suspension work before..?
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Nah, I didn't do the work, but I really like those RL Endlinks, made a nice difference. Not sure why the nut came off but been good since they put it back on.
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Ic, the shop must've not tighten the nut on the end links.. So your going to have a local shop do the suspension work..? Where are you from bro..?
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Not the same shop that put the links on for me, this place is closer. A local shop here in Denver Co, I can drop it off and walk home, (1 mile away)
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Originally Posted by LucKie1nE View Post
A lot of the times when doing suspension, the nut on the stabilizing links are usually seized or free spins.. i usually start at the links to see if they will give me any trouble.. Just something to keep in mind.. Hope this helps..
Mine freely spins now. What is the best way to go about replacing it?
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Apollo, looking at the upper strut mount kit you got, It does not come with dust boots. These will protect the strut rod from getting debris in and prematurely damaging the seal....I would highly recommend "Moog" line.
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Mine freely spins now. What is the best way to go about replacing it?

I'd Use a torch to heat/expend the nut. Try penetrating oil overnight, and then get a good size prybar and place it between the body and the endlink, pressung it towards the strut not away while hitting it with impact...

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Apollo, looking at the upper strut mount kit you got, It does not come with dust boots. These will protect the strut rod from getting debris in and prematurely damaging the seal....I would highly recommend "Moog" line.
Hmm, you got a link or pics? I wonder if I can use the existing "dust boot"?
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Hmm, you got a link or pics? I wonder if I can use the existing "dust boot"?
Yes you can re-use your stockers if they are not torn....usually stockers are torn at that mileage...
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Yes you can re-use your stockers if they are not torn....usually stockers are torn at that mileage...

I went out, Googled MOOG. Moog Suspension Parts .com
Couldn't find a boot, maybe autozone or the dealer (discount thread here on my6thgen).

What do you think?
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I went out, Googled MOOG. Moog Suspension Parts .com
Couldn't find a boot, maybe autozone or the dealer (discount thread here on my6thgen).

What do you think?

Rockauto.com has them in stock....you can check whoever else localy carries Moog where you are at.

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Cool, thank you! I probably need boots too.
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If you have OEM endlinks and your nuts are spinning freely then slide an open end wrench on the ball joint side. There is a nut that is cast into the ball itself.
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A lot of the times when doing suspension, the nut on the stabilizing links are usually seized or free spins.. i usually start at the links to see if they will give me any trouble.. Just something to keep in mind.. Hope this helps..
Dude, you hit it on the head. Or pretty dang close. I finally got the car in the shop, front replaced no issue but the rear shock nuts were seized bad.


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I'd Use a torch to heat/expend the nut. Try penetrating oil overnight, and then get a good size prybar and place it between the body and the endlink, pressung it towards the strut not away while hitting it with impact...

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Breaker bars didn't loosen, they talked about heating the nut to loosen it BUT they are concerned about ruining the rubber bushing in the steering knuckle the bottom of the shock is attached too. I got a price $30 each for the bushings. I think I am just going to buy two bushings ( HogMaxFan ) see if I can get a discount.

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^^ dude , soak the bolt with PB blaster for 10 mins.

get the car up as high /safely as you can.

how long is this breaker bar ? I only assume you dont have air tools or a impact gun/electrical.

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BTW the bolt only comes out one way , the rear bolt is weld to the strut itself so its set place.
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^^ dude , soak the bolt with PB blaster for 10 mins.

get the car up as high /safely as you can.

how long is this breaker bar ? I only assume you dont have air tools or a impact gun/electrical.

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BTW the bolt only comes out one way , the rear bolt is weld to the strut itself so its set place.
Cool, I'll talk to the shop about that tomorrow. Thanks for the tip!
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Cool, I'll talk to the shop about that tomorrow. Thanks for the tip!
a shop is doing this ? they dont have air tools ???


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If I remember correctly, that's a 17mm bolt. I used a 1/2" drive 30" long breaker bar. It broke loose pretty easily. I never take my car to a mechanic any more because they're all out of fucking shape.
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...... I never take my car to a mechanic any more because they're all out of fucking shape.
that is funny!
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