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I'll be tackling this project before the American muscle show. I just need some advice as I go along. First is what is the torque specs for rear struts the upper and the lower. I'm referring to this..

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I'll be tackling this project before the American muscle show. I just need some advice as I go along. First is what is the torque specs for rear struts the upper and the lower. I'm referring to this..

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MPT TUNE, Borla S-Type, Airaid Cai, Ford racing X pipe, Mac ceramic shorty headers, 2010 GT500 rims, 35% tint, Sr Springs, J&M phb, camber bolts, blacked out side markers, front and taillights.
I checked my limited source for torque values and didn't find anything for the rear shocks.
I see the top connection uses thick rubber washers top and bottom. That would indicate to me that there is no torque value for that connection but what you typically do is tighten the nut to a point where the rubber washer is compressed about 1/3 to 1/2 way. You do not compress them completely down.
I didn't notice the bottoms. If they have similar thick rubber washers, you would tighten those the same way.
 

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Oh BTW. You probably already know but "cjponyparts" is a good source for videos.
 

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I checked my limited source for torque values and didn't find anything for the rear shocks.
I see the top connection uses thick rubber washers top and bottom. That would indicate to me that there is no torque value for that connection but what you typically do is tighten the nut to a point where the rubber washer is compressed about 1/3 to 1/2 way. You do not compress them completely down.
I didn't notice the bottoms. If they have similar thick rubber washers, you would tighten those the same way.
Thank you sir, i had the right rear struts installed already the bottom is only holding with bolts and nuts no rubber and i got the specs for it.

and oh i watched a bunch of videos before tackling this to psych myself up. lol
 

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Do you guys think the front shocks is doable with just hand tools? I dont have air tools available.

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Do you guys think the front shocks is doable with just hand tools? I dont have air tools available.

MPT TUNE, Borla S-Type, Airaid Cai, Ford racing X pipe, Mac ceramic shorty headers, 2010 GT500 rims, 35% tint, Sr Springs, J&M phb, camber bolts, blacked out side markers, front and taillights.
I feel you can get by without air tools.
If you have a tough rusted nut, soak the threads with penetrating oil, use 6 sided sockets and if a breaker wrench wont loosen with moderate force firmly tap end of wrench handle with hammer.
I tend to shy away from using too much force, like adding pipe, etc for added leverage. I've sheared many a bolt over the years. Heat is also effective but I wouldn't recommend it. You'll be fine.
I did recently get myself an electric impact gun but I consider it a luxury item.:D

EDIT: Of course if you have new bolts, I wouldn't worry about shearing the old ones.
 

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Do you guys think the front shocks is doable with just hand tools? I dont have air tools available.

MPT TUNE, Borla S-Type, Airaid Cai, Ford racing X pipe, Mac ceramic shorty headers, 2010 GT500 rims, 35% tint, Sr Springs, J&M phb, camber bolts, blacked out side markers, front and taillights.
You should have brought them with you last weekend. You could have used my lift and air tools!!!
 

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I feel you can get by without air tools.
If you have a tough rusted nut, soak the threads with penetrating oil, use 6 sided sockets and if a breaker wrench wont loosen with moderate force firmly tap end of wrench handle with hammer.
I tend to shy away from using too much force, like adding pipe, etc for added leverage. I've sheared many a bolt over the years. Heat is also effective but I wouldn't recommend it. You'll be fine.
I did recently get myself an electric impact gun but I consider it a luxury item.:D

EDIT: Of course if you have new bolts, I wouldn't worry about shearing the old ones.
lucky you, what brand did you get, can i barrow your air tools? you know where i live lol.. I will use PB blaster and soak it.. and oh do i really need a spring compressor? i saw one in youtube that it is not necessary but definitely would help.
 

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You should have brought them with you last weekend. You could have used my lift and air tools!!!
oh thanks for the offer man, oh yeah i remember on the cruise, i really would love to see it.. I just got my shocks and stuts yesterday but i am available this saturday?? lol
 

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oh thanks for the offer man, oh yeah i remember on the cruise, i really would love to see it.. I just got my shocks and stuts yesterday but i am available this saturday?? lol
Unless the wife has other plans for me that I am not aware of, I am here on Saturday. If you want to drive down here, you are welcome to use the lift, air tools and spring compressor. :)
 

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Unless the wife has other plans for me that I am not aware of, I am here on Saturday. If you want to drive down here, you are welcome to use the lift, air tools and spring compressor. :)
oh man, that is awesome let me see if i can tackle this.. i really appreciate it man too bad youre too far away.. Maybe someday...
 

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It's a hell of a lot easier with some air tools.
 

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lucky you, what brand did you get, can i barrow your air tools? you know where i live lol.. I will use PB blaster and soak it.. and oh do i really need a spring compressor? i saw one in youtube that it is not necessary but definitely would help.
I bought one of those cheap Harbor freight ELECTRIC impact wrenches. No air tools. was looking at them though. My air compressor's too small. Impact wrench speeds up tire rotation.
I wouldn't remember how to get to your house if my life depended on it. LOL
Did you see that video where they remove the front struts without a spring compressor?
 

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I bought one of those cheap Harbor freight ELECTRIC impact wrenches. No air tools. was looking at them though. My air compressor's too small. Impact wrench speeds up tire rotation.
I wouldn't remember how to get to your house if my life depended on it. LOL
Did you see that video where they remove the front struts without a spring compressor?
yeah i saw that video, i dont know if its safe to remove it without spring compressor though i think it was that kid on youtube i think his name is eric.

I will look into those when i go to harbor next time. I know my place is hard to find lol hey i still have the other pair of your gloves lol you left it in the driveway.
 

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yeah i saw that video, i dont know if its safe to remove it without spring compressor though i think it was that kid on youtube i think his name is eric.

I will look into those when i go to harbor next time. I know my place is hard to find lol hey i still have the other pair of your gloves lol you left it in the driveway.
Yeah those were old spare gloves. Get some use out of them.
Yeah what I did't like about that video was that you had to push down quite a bit on the rotor assembly and put a lot of stress on the brake hose in order to clear the strut assembly for removal.
Here's that video...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo9sg-mTmXw
 

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Yeah those wear old spare gloves. Get some use out of them.
Yeah what I did't like about that video was that you had to push down quite a bit on the rotor assembly and put a lot of stress on the brake hose in order to clear the strut assembly for removal.
Here's that video...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo9sg-mTmXw
Thanks for the video, I think I will try this but like you said I'm a little leary about the rotor hanging all the way down, but the sway bar assemble is pretty thick so I think it can handle the load. I don't know will see.

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My rear struts is done wohoooo

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One side is done, I went back to my stock bolts since my camber bolts is too thin..

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