well well well....
seems like every long story turns into a novel.
Well, went to the shop saturday, found out that i ddnot have the shock tool. went to autozone to buy the tool, and noone spoke a word of english, and noone knew what i was talking about even after i showed them a shock and tried to discribe it. The guy went and grabbed an 8mm socket off the wall and said to use it.
So went back, tried an 8 mm socket, and it ripped the top of the shock off immediatly. just a clean rip in the metal. got pissed, tried a vice grip and an impact, tried alot of things, with NOTHING working. so, i did the rack schock to see if the time off would allow for me to regain some composure... Rears went on perfect. Got pissed againa t the front, and called it a night. Sunday morning, went to a local pepboys, noone knew what iwas talking about, BUT i found the part on the wall all by myself.
Went back out to the shop to try and atleast do the other side. hooked it up, and ripped the top right off the top of the other one.
had to go buy a sawzall, and metal blades, and cut the arm of the shock. problem is, the tops are held on by bushings on both sides, so i had to then get more pissed off, and get a long blade, and get in under the top a arm and but away the peice by cutting the bushing out, and then attacking the left over metal with the metal blades.
went to the other side, and did the same on it and got the shocks off no problem.
did this mod no problem. I love it, and aslong as you keep track of the bolts as you take them out, you will be fine. Only thing i saw about this was... the front 2 in the engine bay. For those of you who read the infamout body bushing post, mabey you didnt get confused when it started to go on about the ones in the #1 section that were 'inboard' under the cowl. I did, and when i finally got all the underside of the wagon dissassembled, i found NO BUSHING. turns out the bushing is on TOP in the engine bay, under the battery and beside the PCM.
Did not do Springs, Did not do Brakes, did not do rotors.
BUT... the ride is 'oh my god' better. I can not take my favorite corners on Allen Parkway at 60+ and when i used to do this, I just counted on safe body drift of at least 1 - 1.5 lanes. Now it hung in there like a champ. Tires didnt even squeal. For those inhouston, i took the Waugh/Memorial on ramp corkscrew thing in my wagon at 30 going in, apexed at 50-55, and was out of it at 65+ I have done that screw in a porsche at 90+, but in a wagon, I am really impressed. This is no Sway Bar, No sport Wheels, plain old big wheels that come on it. Its great. Really stif, and tends to break the tires free alot more.
I went out to drift her in the rain a bit, and what used to be cushoning body roll, has turned into EXACT stiffness. (which made the rear swing alot more than i had imagined, but i will get used to that real quick)
PS, i still don have my spedometer fixed, so i was not exact on those speed estimates, but by guestimates were probably off only by +5 or -5
GO DO THESE MODs