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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-13-2002, 07:18 PM
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I want to go with the Bilstein shocks but am a little intimidated about removing the originals. Ive herd some wild storys on here and at the naisso forum. I would like to get some tips about the removal. And where can I get the best price on the Bilsteins.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-13-2002, 07:45 PM
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I just did the shocks on my 94 Wagon, very easy job. Here's what I did, on the front, spray the upper mounting nut with penetrant oil for a couple days prior to removal. With a deep socket, remove the upper bolt as far it will go, usually it will loosen a few turns before it freezes and the shock cylinder starts turning, that's ok. With an extension on the socket, rock the upper mounting shaft back and forth a bunch of times, the shaft will snap off and the shock can be removed after you loosen the two bottom mounting bolts, which are easy to get to from beneath the car.
The rears are a little more difficult. You need to get the car up in the air as high as possible, do it safely. It helps to have a partner here, with a box end wrench (13mm?) hold the two upper mounting bolts above spring perch. Your partner needs a ratchet and a long extension or two, have him loosen the mounting bolts as you hold the upper nuts (penetrant spray helps here, too). They're a little tough to get too, but nothing major. The lower mounting bolts are cake. Good luck, Narti.
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-13-2002, 08:09 PM
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I just change my shock today. For the front one remove the 2 screws on the lower a arm then to remove the screw on top of the frame in the engine compartment use a long ratchet extension (I use a 3ft extension) with the correct deep socket, using a back and forward movement on the bolt, it will break just under neat the bolt (don't unscrew the top bolt you will be their all day). For the back, before you remove the shocks have a floor jack hold the differential will you do the change. Unscrew and remove the bottom bolt that connect to the differential (once the bolt is remove the washer will most likely be still in place, I use a zip gun with flat blade to remove the washer) then the fun begin, I would suggest to be 2 persons for the back shock. I would suggest that one person hold the top of the bolt with ratchet (you will see a screw holding the top of the back shock to the frame, but on top of the frame there is a bolt not welded use the ratchet for that one the space is very small) will the other one use a 3/8 ratchet with a 3ft extension to unscrew the bolts. To install the new one just reverse the procedure, except screw the top of the front shock.

Once you know how to do it, to change all 4 I would estimate 1h30 to 2h to do the job, but for a first time on that car it took me around 4h (lost 2h to figure the back). Hope this help.
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-14-2002, 10:37 AM
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since removal has been covered, i'll just give you the best priced site. has them for around $54 each. they don't list their prices online, you need to call or email for a quote.
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-17-2002, 10:46 PM
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I just got a quote from shox for Bilsteins, the 0929 and 1104s' and the quote was $279 and change.
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-18-2002, 09:03 AM
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Hi I just got a a price from on the Bilsteins 94 to 96 279.00 and 249.00 for the 77 to 90 They say the 77 to 90 are same but are firmer. I am going to try them I think. Somthing to Think about.
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-23-2002, 04:05 PM
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I was recently quoted $269.80 for 2-1104s and 2-0929s. SSGUSS, these are for the 77-90 application that are the firmer shocks. The 1516 and 1517 are the newer, softer shocks for the late models.

Now the bad news (at least for me): said the 0929s are backordered until June. I checked Autozone (thanks Ed) and a couple other places and they all indicated 'unavailable'. requested I contact them to tell them what I wanted to do. I paid for them and told them to sit on the fronts until the rears came in. Guy on the phone goes "you'll get the second set of rears when they come in. Some guy just snagged the first set. Umm...that's two this afternoon", and I explained.

So...if you are in real need of a set of B46-0929 Bilsteins and can find them - grab them. Depending on your need, they'll be cheap at any price. Hopefully June means BEFORE I2K2.

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