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Old 11 Dec 2006, 07:55 pm   #1 (permalink)
Ernie
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I'm trying to get everything together for my upcoming strut job
(instead of getting it together when the car is in pieces). I was
looking in the manual and there is a tool to hold the strut mount in
place while you turn the lock nut. Is this tool SST-09729-22031 really
necessary? Or can I span the mounting studs with a big screw driver or
something to keep it from turning when I loosen the lock nut?

Thanks for everyone's input for the strut recommendation. I was
pressed for time so I just went ahead and ordered the Monroe sensatrac
from shockwarehouse.com. After the fact I checked on the Gabriel
Ultras at autozone per Johngd.....the better shock was available
cheaper (even with tax) and locally (maybe a couple days if I ordered
from the store). Duh!! When in doubt start looking close to home
first!

Ernie

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Old 12 Dec 2006, 06:58 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Ernie wrote:
> there is a tool to hold the strut mount in
> place while you turn the lock nut.

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Haven't tried this, but understand you can break that nut loose prior
to disassembly. (just loosen, obviously not remove)

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Old 12 Dec 2006, 07:42 pm   #3 (permalink)
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From the looks of the SST tool, you can come up with something of your
own that works.


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Old 14 Dec 2006, 07:07 pm   #4 (permalink)
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You can rent a spring compressor -- DO NOT unbolt it or try some makeshift
tool --- you'll end up with broken ribs or no teeth. You could also take
out struts and have a machine shop compress springs and install new struts.
Make sure you get new OEM dust boots (on some models '93 for sure) it is
part of the spring mount. They are about $35 eac (if I recall).

"Ernie" <bbear505@aol.com> wrote in message
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> I'm trying to get everything together for my upcoming strut job
> (instead of getting it together when the car is in pieces). I was
> looking in the manual and there is a tool to hold the strut mount in
> place while you turn the lock nut. Is this tool SST-09729-22031 really
> necessary? Or can I span the mounting studs with a big screw driver or
> something to keep it from turning when I loosen the lock nut?
>
> Thanks for everyone's input for the strut recommendation. I was
> pressed for time so I just went ahead and ordered the Monroe sensatrac
> from shockwarehouse.com. After the fact I checked on the Gabriel
> Ultras at autozone per Johngd.....the better shock was available
> cheaper (even with tax) and locally (maybe a couple days if I ordered
> from the store). Duh!! When in doubt start looking close to home
> first!
>
> Ernie
>



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Old 19 Dec 2006, 09:57 pm   #5 (permalink)
Hachiroku ハチロク
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On Thu, 14 Dec 2006 20:07:59 -0500, Wolfgang wrote:

> You can rent a spring compressor -- DO NOT unbolt it or try some makeshift
> tool --- you'll end up with broken ribs or no teeth.



Um, YEAH! I saw one of those 'finger clamps' go through a cinder block
wall!

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