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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-31-2003, 06:44 PM
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When you install new shocks on the front, how do you tighten the nut on top of the shocks? I did a search and read about a tool that removes the nut on the shock but will it also tighten the nut without spinning the shaft?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-31-2003, 07:20 PM
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what type of shock?? with bilsteins, you need an allen wrench for the top, while you tighten the bolt. can't help ya with any others.
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-31-2003, 10:52 PM
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Yes, that same tool will work to tighten the shocks as well. The tool works on stock shocks and HAL shocks.....with Bilsteins or Konis you need an allen key for the top instead.

Alternative that works better is something called an "O-ratchet"....available at Sears, unfortunately not as cheap as the shock tool (shock tool is about $10 at the parts store).
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2003, 05:08 PM
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Thanks Guys! Nice and tight now.
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2003, 07:42 PM
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SHOCK TOOL!? SHOCK TOOL!?
You mean there was an easier way? AAHHHH!
Damn, That job took forever. Made me wonder if the Hals would be worth it. I guess they were. But,there is a shock tool to hold the shaft? *#!!%$& vise grips&%*#()!!
where?
babyhauler
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-02-2003, 11:37 AM
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Got My "Shock Tool" At Autozone...$10.00..Mike
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-02-2003, 05:29 PM
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I see a lot of people asking about a shock tool. My shock tool comes in about 4 pieces: There are two small sockets that have an oval cutout that fits over small or large shock studs and a 1/4 inch square hole in the top. There is a straight hexagonal collar about three inches long that slips over the socket that you can grip with a wrench which turns the shock nut. There is also a 90 degree square handle that fits down into the socket. So you turn the outside collar and hold the handle or vice versa. Obviously there are some shocks that are so rusted that this tool will not work, but giving an initial try after spraying and allowing penetrating oil to work is always worth it.
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2003, 02:26 AM
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Air impact gun, deep socket and extension. Undo a couple of the plastic fasteners for the wheel well "splash shield" (can't think of the correct name) and hit it from above. Fast and easy.
Warning, you may tear your "splash shield" a bit, so do at your own risk if it's in perfect condition.
Tim
Maybe somone will enlighten me about the risk of possibly spinning the shaft and damaging seals?
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