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Old 03-07-2013, 04:25 PM   #1
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help strut bolt

Trying to break the strut bolt loose but having a hell of a time my air gun at 135 doesnt do it and i sprayed penetrating oil wit open end wrench and screw driver.The spot is starting to get chewed.How can i break it loose? heat it up????
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Heat is definitely the best way. Do you have a breaker bar and a pipe?
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Try a little heat but with it being that stuck its likely that the bolt will probably twist off with the nut.
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Those strut bolts are always terrible. Can you get to the head or nut with a cutoff wheel?
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:46 PM   #5
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lm lowering my car and just putting some eibachs in it,im not replacing the strut so i need the strut bolt.Thanks guys im gonna try heat when my brother comes back from his house.Was hoping to have my front lowered by now...........Will post pics of car when lowered.lf i ever get those bolts off
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:43 PM   #6
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Well hopefully you get her!!
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So far pinfa is all i gotta say!!!!!!!! Got old spring out in the front but having a ***** putting the eibachs in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Can we do this with brute force? Spring compressor aint working
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What get the spring in? Why isn't the compressor working? I have never had any issues.
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Am i dumb i cant figure out how to us the compressor 1 side slides and wont compress
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Search you tube for spring compressor. Then watch a couple how tos. That should give you a better idea of what your doing.
Also the lower you can get the rear end the easier to get the springs in. Did you remove the lower shock bolts so you can drop the rear more. Or are you doing the front? If so same concept, you need to get the arms really low.
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l have the arm down pretty far do i need to remove the tie rod aswell?
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l have the arm down pretty far do i need to remove the tie rod aswell?
i dont recall if that will help or not. but i think it may. you will still prolly need to get the spring compressor on it.
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To get the spring in, you need to just about have the A arm pointing all the way down. Undo the sway bar and shock and you should be able to press it down enough.
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here is a nice write up for ya.
http://blog.stangsuspension.com/2011...install-guide/
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Ya sorry to disapoint guys im done for today so far the car is winning!
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Thanks for trying to help out yall i'll get her done.Kinda pissed though!! Thought it was gonna be a piece of cake man was i wrong!!!!
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Great looking stang! good luck! Im gonna go change my clutch at midnight now.
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The only problem I had when doing my suspension was that damn lower strut bolt. Them things are tight!!!! Hopefully you get it man and good luck.
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You have to take all that off. Meaning the shock, tie rod and rotor. Push the control arm all the way down. Put the spring in. Pull the control up. The spring will hit the top mount. Hold the arm with one hand while you position the spring so it seats correctly. Then when it's seated put the jack under the control arm and start jacking it up. Its a pain but you gotta muscle it in there
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Ya thanks guys my muscles are sore this morning already lol.lm gonna get her going soon when i wake up and get my coffee in me.Stay tuned for busted knuckle garage round 2 lol........im scared MOMMY!!!!
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Lol. Well have fun.
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sorry to take over this thread, but I'm having trouble with the driveshaft bolts, any advice? I got the lower two but now the other ones are between the body and the driveshaft, I took one of my mufflers off but broke my exhaust hanger.

Got it. But I was trying to drain my tans, and the 3/8ths wrench started to strip those plugs, any ideas?
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sorry to take over this thread, but I'm having trouble with the driveshaft bolts, any advice? I got the lower two but now the other ones are between the body and the driveshaft, I took one of my mufflers off but broke my exhaust hanger.
Lift the rear tires off the ground and turn them until the top two bolts are on the bottom.
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Lift the rear tires off the ground and turn them until the top two bolts are on the bottom.
I ended up just rolling it a few inches.
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Ya thanks guys my muscles are sore this morning already lol.lm gonna get her going soon when i wake up and get my coffee in me.Stay tuned for busted knuckle garage round 2 lol........im scared MOMMY!!!!
Haha I feel you I changed my steering rack and pinion and I'm am so sore I had no power tools so it was a pita I started to try to do my struts but the bolts would not budge so i took it to my mechanic I was to sore lol
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It only costed 120 with alignment
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honestly if they are OEM struts/shocks its probably WAY past time to swap in some new ones, then you can take aggression out on the old on lol. They are always a bit pain though....

but putting springs in a fox are also a huge issue, very tight fit.... ive done one and thats far enough, the 94+ are FAR easier not nearly as much compression needed. Good luck you will need spring compressors i am sure and the external ones would probably be easier but not sure, not much room in the A Arm area so may wish to rent both kinds.
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What we eneded up doing was taking the a arm completley off.Then jacked the a arm with spring in top isolater and bottom arm,guided the 2 bolts to the a arm and bang done.
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Damn I don't think I had to do that. Mine was simple besides the that damn lower bolt. The previous owner did cut my springs quite a bit. I no longer have a 4 wheel drive stance. I need a low pro jack to get under mine. Lol so the springs are smaller than stock.
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Ya the problem was the eibach were almost the same length as the oem.lm just glad its done cause it was a pita.Def a 2 person job.lm so happy with the stance,the eibachs really came thru for me.
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Ya the problem was the eibach were almost the same length as the oem.lm just glad its done cause it was a pita.Def a 2 person job.lm so happy with the stance,the eibachs really came thru for me.
well..... where is the before and after pics??
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K hang on your making me work lol
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+1 on the pics lets see how it sits now? and dreamstang what do you mean 4 wheel stance?
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Before and after pics as requested.The first 3 pics are obviously stock then last 4 lowered.
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