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bilstein shocks

Well I tried installing the back shocks today, would be a very easy install but I cant get the bolts off. I started on the bottom bolt but the thing wont budge. I heated it up with a blow torch, hit the wrench with a hammer. Still no go, I dont want to strip the bolt too much. Do you guys have any ideas because I might have to take it to midas to get installed because of those bolts.
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Re: bilstein shocks

mine came off easy........
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:57 PM
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Re: bilstein shocks

A wrench might not be up to the task.

I'd suggest at least a 1/2" socket and a ratchet handle. Better yet, a nice long breaker bar or a piece of pipe over the ratchet handle. Chances are the bolts are a little rusted on a WJ so some liquid wrench or BP blaster wouldn't hurt.

If none of that works, maybe you have a friend with air tools? If you lived close to Hbg, PA I'd be happy to break em loose for you.
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:36 PM
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Re: bilstein shocks

just an fyi,

I use to have a 99 WJ, same problem trying to replace the rear. Brought it to Midas(i know) and they ended up having to weld washers on the bottom mounts because the holes were egg shaped
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Re: bilstein shocks

well i called midas and they are going to break them free for me so I can install them. Should be an easy install for all four once all the bolts are broke free for a socket wrench. They said it would only be like 10-15 bucks. Also what do you mean they had to weld washers on the bottom mounts rwilson. Why would the hole be a problem if it worked for the original shocks?
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Re: bilstein shocks

I have a feeling the mounts were damaged during the removal process, unless that can happen due to normal wear. Just saying I'd watch them do it.
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Re: bilstein shocks

well i feel like an idiot now but the nut is welded on there so thats why I couldnt get that off but after I gave up on the nut I went to the screw and since I was doing it backwards I was going to the right which was not loosening it. I will try it again when I get off work.
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Re: bilstein shocks

Good thing you didn't strip that since you were going to wrong way lol.
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Re: bilstein shocks

hahaha love the honesty.
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Re: bilstein shocks

well i tried it the right away this time but still no go. I even jacked the handle of the wrench up to try to break it free, Well it broke the hole of the wrench that was around the screw, so i think I will be having midas break them free for me. Here is a pic of the wrench I used. It broke the circle on the thing.

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Re: bilstein shocks

and rwilson, I bet when someone else removed it somehow they removed the nut that was welded on, hence you had to have a washer welded on.
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Re: bilstein shocks

well i got all 4 of them installed today. I had midas break loose those bolts for me. They had to use torches, air guns, wrenches with metal pipe on the end but they got it finally with all their powerful tools. The ride is alot firmer now.
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