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      04-20-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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How the F do you get front shocks out?

Decided, after 4 months, to finally install my Koni FSD's this weekend, by myself...using the DIY on here. The DIY, while great, failed to mention one thing. how the F do you get the shock out? I tried using WD40, along with some other teflon lubricate I had to spray around the base of the shock once I took the bolt out of the pinch mount, but that sucker just won't budge. I ended up putting the entire front back together again after messing with both front shocks for 3 1/2 hours this morning, and may end up taking it to a shop, because those suckers are STUCK in there, and I'd rather pay 400-500$ to some shop to do my springs/shocks than have to deal with that mess all over again.

My car only has around 54k miles, how did you guys get yours out?
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I paid $150 to have my Koni yellows installed..
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WD40 the area, remove the bolt, and spread the knuckle apart. Pull hard as fuck
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Try PB Blaster, it works much better as a penetrating oil than WD-40. Can you use heat? Or is there too much rubber around? Is the knuckle just not spreading, or are you getting it apart but the strut itself is stuck?
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WD40 the area, remove the bolt, and spread the knuckle apart. Pull hard as fuck
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ECS tuning sells a special tool thats designed specifically to spread the knuckle apart easily.
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Use the 1/4 side of a 1/4 to 3/8 adapter to spread the knuckle
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Decided, after 4 months, to finally install my Koni FSD's this weekend, by myself...using the DIY on here. The DIY, while great, failed to mention one thing. how the F do you get the shock out? I tried using WD40, along with some other teflon lubricate I had to spray around the base of the shock once I took the bolt out of the pinch mount, but that sucker just won't budge. I ended up putting the entire front back together again after messing with both front shocks for 3 1/2 hours this morning, and may end up taking it to a shop, because those suckers are STUCK in there, and I'd rather pay 400-500$ to some shop to do my springs/shocks than have to deal with that mess all over again.

My car only has around 54k miles, how did you guys get yours out?
lol...sorry for the laugh but i know how difficult things can get when you dont know how to do something clearly but it will make a lot of sense here in a sec.

what you need to do is go to an auto store or hopefully a harbor freight and get a medium sized crowbar/prybar...harbor freight has the perfect sized one. shove the bent end in between the opening and pry while you have someone pull the shock out or if you are crafty pry and pull out by yourself.
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prybar, penetrating lubricant, three hands, and then twist/pull until it breaks loose. it won't twist much because of the locator tab but it's enough to get it moving.
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Let us know how you like the FSDs. And good luck.
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This works wonders:

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i had the same experience. only thing I didn't try was the two person method. Ended up farming it out.

Fortunately, the rear shocks are easy.
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ECS Tuning has a full video on their site on how to remove the fronts/rears to replace the springs and shocks/struts.
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I figured I'd help you out since I did my coilovers, will have to remove them, and install new better coilovers soon.

To spread the spindle housing, you can buy a schwaben spindle housing spreader, or just do what many do and take the back side of a hammer or curl bar and with even pressure spread the housing while lifting out the shock. It's easier for a 2nd person to lift it out if you're using a curlbar. Just don't overdo it with the curlbar.

here is the link to the ECS video. I watched it 3 times before confidently doing my coilovers by myself.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810623

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