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Old 05-15-2019, 07:11 PM   #1
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Just did the Bilstein/H&R thing

Just replaced my old worn stock shocks and springs with Bilstein Sport and H&R cabrio springs. So far, it seems fantastic. Not too low or too harsh. I’m also running stock 14” basket weaves, so that is helping the ride out as well.



A few things/pointers that I ran into while doing the install:

1. Removing the strut insert collar was hard. I found a comment here on some thread about putting the collar in a vice and turning the strut around that. That did the trick!

2. Top nut on front struts was easy. I just used vice grips on the strut shaft (over electrical tape) on the old struts (they are junk). For tightening I used vice grips on a deep socket and slid the Allen key through the top. Was super easy.

3. Wanted to use a ball joint separator on the outer control arm joint, but wouldn’t fit. Banging a heavy hammer on the “sleeve” area did.

4. I used a spring compressor on the rears to get them out. I didn’t lower the diff or exhaust and was pretty easy. Though there is only room for one compressor there. Wasn’t sketchy.


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Old 05-15-2019, 09:49 PM   #2
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Good info - I am about to swap over my shocks/mounts/spring seats.

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To remove the gland nut you can also bolt your strut to a wheel and have someone stand on the wheel.
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