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Old 06-24-2013, 10:41 PM   #11
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Man.. that could have saved me $40 if I hadn't already ordered them = P Also, those bolts laughed at my air impact.
Turn the air up till it twists off or comes loose! llol
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i dont think you have experienced the joy of rusted bolts if from florida. bolts like that and down where the salt is bad all the time, they are about welded together. but i have 1/2in drive breaker bars and a few different lengths of pipe from just enough to get it to big enough to rip it off and drill out whats left. i have the big makita battery impact and a pneumatic impact none of those are going to touch that
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I was throwing around 150lbs of air pressure at it and it was still a no go. I've got a good ingersoll rand impact gun too..

I have a 1/2 breaker bar, but no 1/2 sockets = P Thinking I might put my fence post driver on the end of my breaker bar and see what that does.
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not going to do anything without sockets. surprisingly i just have impact sockets from harbor freight for home and work and use them all the time. havent had one fail yet
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Actually, I do have 1/2" sockets (regular and impact), it'* the 1/2" breaker bar I was using that felt like it was going to snap. What I meant to say is I have a 3/4" or possibly larger breaker bar (Inherited it from my grandpa who used to work on tractors) but no sockets for that. Thinking it would come in handy for bolts like this.
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the adapters usually break first. i ussually use the 1/2in socket wrench with the pipe, if it breaks i can just trade it, i bought craftsman ones. only had that break once. stupid w/body rear brakes. the late 80'* early 90'* ones were a complete pita
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Ended up using lots of PB blaster, then the torch, then the fence post driver on my breaker bar to get the bolts broken. After I broke them loose the Impact gun made short work of them.





One thing that tripped me up was that in order to tighten the struts to the strut mounts you have to put an allen in the middle of the nut to hold the stud in place, then use a wrench to turn the nut.

Got the new struts assembled, connected to the strut mounts, and then back in place and bolted in. Connected the air hoses and manually ran the compressor to put some air in before dropping the car down. Meant to take more pictures but was pressed for time.

Now she is complaining of rattling in the front end when making turns.... probably couldn't hear it over the rattling in the back from the struts. Guess finding that noise will be my next project.
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usually you can just hit that top nut with the impact and it will tighten without the allen
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Good to know, that would certainly be easier than the allen/wrench disco.
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