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So I bought a pair shocks and I've swapped them out before on Hondas and a few cavaliers so I naturally thought I would be able to tackle this job...but I noticed once i took the bottom bolt and the 3 top ones removed the drop link from the shock to the sway bar and lines that there wasn't enough play to slip the shock out of the brace. So I thought I'd remove this other link but it didn't help only I damaged the bushing I bought 2 new drop links but I don't know what the part is, it connects lower down...can someone tell me? And any advice how to finish
 
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Shocks or struts?

front STRUTS =


rear SHOCKS =

 

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Originally Posted by Dell Gailey View Post
Shocks or struts?

front STRUTS =

https://youtu.be/BeZ1flDFJZ0

rear SHOCKS =

https://youtu.be/STum4frYvB4
struts..lol but what about that link? Is it a tie rod?? Idk...I'm trying Google it but I keep getting the other part.
 
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Sad day for me..struts won the battle the rotor is completely stuck and I've managed to damage sum bushings...call the local shop they $1300 ouch!! Can't win them all I guess
 
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What went wrong?

After watching the video Dell posted; The only "dicey" things are: having a good coil spring compressor, and the drive-axle to hub nut be a real head-ache (if not sometimes impossible) to loosen without a good impact gun.

Only one-side is screwed up right?
 

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this is the one i used ...your ride will be very smooth after install







 
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Originally Posted by dennis black View Post
this is the one i used ...your ride will be very smooth after install







Hey Dennis what exactly did you purchase a shock absorber and I know the H&R springs arenít recommended with the Bilstein B4 but What bellow did you get and mount. Did you just tap with a hammer on the hub and get the shock out or did you go another route.
 
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all my parts were ordered from rock auto extremely cheap for oem parts
i followed the video ,it was fairly easy 1 hour per side....i did spray pb blaster around the hub and stuck a screw driver in the gap ,then 2 taps with a hammer it was off

in the pic thats how far you have to compress the spring




if you can change a tire ,you can do this
 

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Originally Posted by dennis black View Post
all my parts were ordered from rock auto extremely cheap for oem parts
i followed the video ,it was fairly easy 1 hour per side....i did spray pb blaster around the hub and stuck a screw driver in the gap ,then 2 taps with a hammer it was off

in the pic thats how far you have to compress the spring




if you can change a tire ,you can do this
Okay good news then.Iíve been hearing all this about the hub canít go far enough where you will damage the shaft. I was going to replace the wheel bearings so I was going to go a different route. Hopefully goes well
 
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AutoZone has this loaner tool ($ shown is your deposit, refunded or not charged upon return at store's descression).

https://www.autozone.com/videos/v/64...018/185513035/

https://m.autozone.com/loan-a-tools/...ing+compressor
 

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Adding on to Dell's post; Autozone also has this variation available for loan which I've had pretty good success with on other makes/models with MacPherson struts. My local Autozone 's tool loan program requires you to pay for the tool, then refunds it back when you return it. AZ's saved me $100's not having to buy a tool that I will rarely use or need again. Here in San Diego this one is $55.00.

 
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If you just replaced the shocks on their own it would have been easier , that's what I did.
You also don't need to drop the subframe.
 
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Hey...I didn't give up, I have the spring compressor I'm waiting on the new drip link....The problem was the rotor was rusted wouldn't come off but I got it off now I'm gonna try to finish it.
 
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If you just replaced the shocks on their own it would have been easier , that's what I did.
You also don't need to drop the subframe.
How did take yours off? I have to take my brakes both links...did you leave all that on and still took it off?
 
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Originally Posted by Sleek N Subtle View Post
How did take yours off? I have to take my brakes both links...did you leave all that on and still took it off?
i followed the workshop manual until i got to the drop link part, i dont have the equipment to drop it so i loosened the vertical nut and bolt on the lower arm and i completely took out the horizontal nut and bolt and then the lower arm can move and you can take out your spring and shock ,
i tried going at the rotar too but it was seized to it with rust i presume.

just remove the knuckle pinch bolt so you dont have to go near the wheel hub , half shaft, rotar , all of that area.
ill try upload some picture of the manual for you
 
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