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Old 11-27-2014, 04:30 AM   #11
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hey art. trunk bolts are easy. just pull the carpet back. i was even able to get my impact in there with a swivel. say goodbye to the bottom bolts. they use friggin speed nuts made from stamped sheet metal. i had to break out the cutoff wheel. boy was that fun.

its really easy with an actual bolt and nut to reinstall. lol
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The top shock bolts I discovered are on the L&R side.
Once the trim carpet was pulled back, I find them hidden under & rubber cap...sneaky aren't they...

I got lucky after soaking bottom bolts for 2 days before hand, they came right out! (glad it was originally an Arizona car!)
I also managed to use the existing lines and installed the new Air Shocks today!

Compressor ran up initially for about 45 seconds and magically the body raised upwards! Yes!
It was cold today well below freezing, and the ride is a bit firm in the back right now but I am sure it will settle in.
Much better in turns as you feel the extra strength, less body roll, and I now deserve a warm coffee laden with Kahlua !
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Good job Art, glad the job went well for you!
Are you getting an alignment done soon?
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Thanks William, I had the car on a good level highway today and over all the car is still tracking straight.
I measured rear ground to fender before & after, and have gained around an extra 1/2 inch of clearance.
I will have to recheck after I re load the trunk though. I guess the old air shocks were really toast.
Next alignment will be done after I sort out the front end, projected for March after salt conditions.
It looks like I will need new OEM strut$, top bearing cap$ & a driver'* side inner/outer tie rods, as slight movement found.
Soon The PA will be in top shape again!

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dosent look like they have anything to do with alignment, on this one. on my bonnie they are like a strut, controls your camber
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I dont think you have to get an alignment with rear struts on these.. Ive changed mine about 4 times trying different brands and it never effected it.. Now using the Monroe non air struts and i must say it feels better than the air struts. Alot smoother and a tad bit softer it seems.. Can u let me know how the AcDelco struts feel?
I also think i have an issue with my compressor which is what made me try these out.. Gonna get to that when the weather breaks..
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Shawn, It rides nice with the new Delco air shocks. With the cold weather they seem a bit firmer than before, but that was to be expected until they are broken in a bit. I noticed the compressor running quite a bit initially first thing this AM. I am going to have to re evaluate them better once things warm up a bit, in a week or so.
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Thanks, gonna hav to grab a pair.. But first i think i need to replace my air compressor.. Or the dryer.. I put on the monroe air struts less than a month ago and sumtime last week i started my car and the compressor ran with a odd humming noise coming from it... So i climed under and saw 1 of the lines some how came off the compressor. So i jacked her up and put the line back into the clip and the noise stayed.. And it constantly ran.. So i just disconnected it and grabbed these.

And thats right sometime next week its gonna be about 75-80 where im at in Wisconsin.. Might be a gud time to figure this out! Might need to replace my rear coil springs on top of it cuz it sits rather low

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One thing for sure is that after loading the trunk with about 150 lbs of stuff, the compressor runs more frequently. Reason, well, the new Delco air shocks are capable of 150 psi. Ya that may explain why compressor is running more now. More weight and the auto level is also trying to keep up with demands, and ya my springs are well settled in the rear.
With the PA compressor system, and expense of replacing one, or getting one from a JY, I would seriously consider leaving regular shocks in there and get new springs and finally be done with the compressor set up.
This may be the path I will have to take as well.
I need more testing and warmer (above freezing) conditions to properly assess the new shocks. I have the feeling I may have to get it on the lift and further inspect or replace the air lines too.
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If the compressor still runs try removing the soft rubber hose, then with some light machine oil with a needle like tip, insert it in the hard plastic nipple on the compressor, and give it a tiny squirt, I know the compressor is an oil-less type, but if yours sounds a bit rough it cannot hurt, every year I like to crawl under there and give it a little lube.
Also if those hose are coming off they may be dry-rotting, I had to replace mine because they were pretty bad.
If you need pics I have some on here somewhere, I can find them, but I'll have to do it when I wake up, I have had a long day/night.

Here is the oil I use on mine.
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In the future if mine ever fails, I'll most likely just throw some gas struts on there and be done with it, I know a guy that told me he had two of them, and that I could have one if I ever needed it, but it is hard to tell if he still has it now, a new one is way too costly, I think it is around 600.00 from a dealership, at least that is what I was told a while back..
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