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15.02.2005: Fitting
Fit new springs and dampers. Note the location of the coil ends on the old springs (they were positioned with colour markings looking rearward), and place the new springs accordingly. Tighten the lower damper nut to 45 ft-lbs (17 mm socket).

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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