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29.09.2007: Strut mounts
An aftermarket strut mount kit comes with everything you need to refresh the mounts, including a new bearing and a set of bolts. It's made in India, but looks reasonably solid. Unfortunately I could not use the 22 mm nut supplied with Bilstein dampers, because my 22 mm socket did not fit into the narrow opening in the strut mount, so I had to reuse the old 21 mm nut.

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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