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Old 10-04-2013, 01:02 AM   #1
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Strut bar install

Or my rear strut bar in from CJ pony parts. Dipped it black and was ready for install. Till I stripped the nut out and now it's stuck. Hopefully a shop across from work can fix it (2 miles away) and maybe go ahead and install the bar. Here is why you should pay someone to do the rear.
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Get it with some vice grips
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Thats your shock how did you strip it?
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Well that's kinda it. I did use vise gripes and it stripped it out at the top.
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Or my rear strut bar in from CJ pony parts. Dipped it black and was ready for install. Till I stripped the nut out and now it's stuck. Hopefully a shop across from work can fix it (2 miles away) and maybe go ahead and install the bar. Here is why you should pay someone to do the rear.
You are turning the right nut? Use the vice grip to strong clamp the top of the strut, then back out the bolt. If it wont back out, spray it very lightly in the threads with some WD(dont make a mess or you wont be able to grip it). Then try to thread in and then out.
My nut was loose enough to unthread with my hand when I got it that close to the top.
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Yeah, it looks like you might have put the vise grips too close to the threads and distorted them enough to jam the nut on its way out.

A shop can put an air ratchet on it and pop it off real quick. Just get yourself a small file so you can clean up the threads before you put the nut back on. And if the threads are too boggered up, you may have to replace that shock.
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Yeah, it looks like you might have put the vise grips too close to the threads and distorted them enough to jam the nut on its way out. A shop can put an air ratchet on it and pop it off real quick. Just get yourself a small file so you can clean up the threads before you put the nut back on. And if the threads are too boggered up, you may have to replace that shock.
Yeah the mechanic said he could do it and also install the brace. Hopefully it goes well. Up side is I get to look at my car all day as it's across the street from me.
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Used a special socket to install. I recommend one. You feel the tightness even in your back going in a straight line.

Dipped it black.
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Don't close the trunk with your keys in there
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Or you can pull down one of the back seats to get that key...provided you did not lock the doors prior to tosing the key back there...
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Or you can pull down one of the back seats to get that key...provided you did not lock the doors prior to tosing the key back there...
Always wondered how one could get keys since we don't have a trunk hole. Leave it in the ignition, will never lock.
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I need some help here. I hear a squeak from the rear and i know the problem. Yet I don't know what to do. One nut is tighter down insanely, the other is just kinda there but looks better. So am I too tight, too loose, or correct? The compacted rubber is the passenger side, the driver side is the regular.
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You probably have the one nut to tight.When I installed my bolts
I only tightened them so they were snug.You don't want to compress or squish
the rubber.

I have no noise or sound at all.
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You probably have the one nut to tight.When I installed my bolts I only tightened them so they were snug.You don't want to compress or squish the rubber. I have no noise or sound at all.
I messed up the one that looks squished. I was going to get the one to semi compress just barely and the other slack off. But I didn't know which was right. I had the shop install it because I messed up getting one of them off and needed air tools. Was gonna take it back but thought I would just adjust it myself.
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You should tighten down these nuts (or any fastner related to shocks/bussings) to the point that the rubber "just begins" to squish. Don't go past that.
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You should tighten down these nuts (or any fastner related to shocks/bussings) to the point that the rubber "just begins" to squish. Don't go past that.
That's the answer imma lookin for!
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