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29.09.2007: Retainer nut
Grab the damper rod with vice-grips and undo the retainer nut on top of the strut. You can use a regular ratchet, but the impact wrench makes the job much more satisfying somehow.

Front suspension replacement on a Saab 9-5. The old and tired original dampers and springs are being upgraded with Bilstein Sport dampers and Eibach Pro Kit lowering springs. The strut mount and bearing are also getting replaced.

Tools:

  • 22 mm socket: Bilstein retainer nut (optional);
  • 21 mm socket: original retainer nut;
  • 18 mm socket: knuckle housing bolts, anti-roll bar link nut;
  • 18 mm wrench: new style anti-roll bar link nut;
  • 17 mm socket: wheel bolts;
  • 17 mm wrench: old style anti-roll bar link pin;
  • 10 mm socket: strut mount bolts;
  • 7 mm socket: new style anti-roll bar link pin;
  • 7 mm Allen socket: damper rod;
  • torque wrench;
  • vice-grips;
  • car jack and axle stands;
  • spring compressor.

 

 
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