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15.02.2005: Impact wrench
If the car has a considerable age, there's a good chance the top of the damper rod would be covered with rust. An impact wrench is a quick and easy way to move the stuck upper nut (16 mm socket). Do not remove the nut completely yet.

A rear suspension upgrade performed on a 1996 Saab 900SE turbo. The goal was to replace the old and worn components with new parts. The pictures show the work done at the right left corner. The job is much easier than the front, and takes a couple of hours if you are prepared. Parts from shox.com and eBay.

Tools and supplies:

  • 17 mm socket: wheel bolts, lower damper nuts;
  • 17 mm open wrench: Bilstein upper damper nut;
  • 16 mm wrench and socket: original upper damper nut;
  • 5 mm Allen key: top of the Bilstein damper rod;
  • car jack and axle stands;
  • breaker bar;
  • torque wrench;
  • impact wrench (recommended);
  • vice grips;
  • several thin metal strips and two pry bars;
  • sharp knife or cardboard cutter;
  • anti-seize, soap solution, rust solvent.

 

 
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