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removing suspension top hats

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by seanjuan, Apr 19, 2004.

  1. seanjuan

    seanjuan Senior Member

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    so I picked up a set of spring compressors today and went to remove the nut from the top of the shock piston and when I turn it with a wrench it just spins the piston as well
    I was wondering if there is a trick to getting this nut off
    If there is I'd appreciate someone sharing it with me

    if what I said doesn't make sense let me know and I'll try to clarify

    thanks
    Sean
     
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    asmallsol Super Moderator

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    There is an allen wrench on the top of the strut rod. Stick it in there, and with boxed in wrench, loosen the nut.

    What I did (kinda dangerous, but whatever) I have an integra in my garage with nothing on it. I needed the top hats off the shocks that I pulled from that car. I bolted the top hats in place, and just loosen the nut until the shock shot off. I had some tarps to slow it down, plus I did not need the shocks. I just kinda keeped my feet out of the way, and it worked for all four. Since there is no LCA's to block it, it worked great. I wouldn't recommend this but i just needed it to be done.
     
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    seanjuan Senior Member

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    yeah, I figured out the allen wrench thing about 5 minutes after I posted this last night.
    so after work today I'm going to get them apart
    and since I have a spring compressor I wont' have to worry about projectile shocks

    thanks for the response
     
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    i just wrap a towel and duck tape it tight around the shock and spring assembly, and I have a hole in the towel for the bolt at the top, then I hit it with the impact wrench and pop she jumps, and is off. but spring compressor is the safest way.
     
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    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    Hahahahahahahahahaha, that's great. We do that sort of thing with the .50 cal recoil springs.
     
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    Slightly safer with no chance of rebound off the concrete (or pitting your garage floor):

    Remove entire strut assembly
    Lay down on ground with top hat towards you
    Lay tire/wheel on ground in path of shock bottom
    Put foot on spring and hat
    Zap top nut off with impact
    Shock shoots into tire, doesn't bounce back, spring/hat is held under your foot and doesn't go anywhere

    That's what I do when I don't want to save the shocks.
     
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    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    I removed the ones from my old ones today, and the rears were so rusted on the piston shaft, that they didn't fly off. I put them in a vise and hit the hat with rubber hammer and watched them fly across the bay :)
     
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    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    Damn. Just shoot it with an automatic weapon- it'll come apart in no time. :lol:
     
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