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    Re: '97 Eldo - riding high after shock / strut replacement

    Then you have rust issues...you may consider a new bolt too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N*Caddy View Post
    Then you have rust issues...you may consider a new bolt too.
    Yea, gotta go get some more PB blaster and soak the crap out of it

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    Get a set of bolt-outs while you're getting the Blaster.

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    Re: '97 Eldo - riding high after shock / strut replacement

    Too bad you are that far, I have air compressor, impact gun and pretty much all the tools you would need for the job (you wouldn’t guess I am IT person).

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    Quote Originally Posted by N*Caddy View Post
    Too bad you are that far, I have air compressor, impact gun and pretty much all the tools you would need for the job (you wouldn’t guess I am IT person).
    I work in IT also lol

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    Re: '97 Eldo - riding high after shock / strut replacement

    Ok, so with a huge, new set of Vice grips i was able to get the bottom bolt out and it came out really clean, no rust, but the top one is causing the shock to twist., so i figure i'll slide the bottom bolt back in and try to get that top one out again, and no, so i soaked it in PB blaster, but it still wont budge, so i soaked it again and will let it sit over night, and when i get home from work tomorrow i'll hit it again.

    What's the best way to keep the shock from twisting when removing/loosening the top nut?

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    Re: '97 Eldo - riding high after shock / strut replacement

    Vincent if you wanted to save some money you could do like I did with my BMW and take the two front strut assemblies to an auto shop that has the correct spring compressor and pay them to remove the spring from your old strut and put it on the new one. I wouldn't want to mess around with cheap spring compressors myself as they are extremely dangerous. Took 10 minutes a side for my car and it came out great... much better than paying a shop to install them.

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    Re: '97 Eldo - riding high after shock / strut replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by vincentm View Post
    Ok, so with a huge, new set of Vice grips i was able to get the bottom bolt out and it came out really clean, no rust, but the top one is causing the shock to twist., so i figure i'll slide the bottom bolt back in and try to get that top one out again, and no, so i soaked it in PB blaster, but it still wont budge, so i soaked it again and will let it sit over night, and when i get home from work tomorrow i'll hit it again.

    What's the best way to keep the shock from twisting when removing/loosening the top nut?
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    What's the best way to keep the shock from twisting
    when removing/loosening the top nut?

    clamp that nice new set of Vice Grips on the shaft of the strut -
    as tight as you can -

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    Re: '97 Eldo - riding high after shock / strut replacement

    Told you, cut the nut with a grinder.

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    Re: '97 Eldo - riding high after shock / strut replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by N*Caddy View Post
    Told you, cut the nut with a grinder.
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    he had to buy a basic set of hand tools - and a ViseGrips -
    I doubt he has a grinder -

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    Funny but I bought a grinder many years ago to cut shocks off with... the crappy sockets I had at the time rounded the nut off.
    I'm an IT guy... wrenching doesn't pay well enough. People think you're weird when you have motherboards and sledge hammer on workbench at same time. I'll fix that sob one way or the other I tell them.

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    Does this son of a bitch nut twists loose to my right? I swear it's cemented on there, god damn its one tough cookie

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    Lol. Yes, they're all right hand thread (righty-tighty, lefty-loosey).

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    Ive been trying for almost two hours holy crap its not budged one bit

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    Re: '97 Eldo - riding high after shock / strut replacement

    To pay somebody to do it for you is about $50 each strut, to do it yourself is about 1h of your time and $60 on a drill+$6 on a adapter and $5 on a set of 4 grinding wheels. Best part is you get to keep the drill.
    Do not try with a torch, you will burn the paint on the shock bracket and the rubber bushing underneath. The problem with a vise grip holding the top of the shaft is not enough grip plus you damage the treads on top of the nut so once the nut starts going up you get it stuck. You will not have enough space to put the vise grips underneath the shaft.
    The other option is $40 or so to rent a grinder.

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