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29.09.2007: Tightening
This is how you are supposed to tighten the retainer nut - hold the damper rod with a thin Allen wrench and tighten the nut. Unfortunately, the shallow Allen socket is easy to strip, making the required 76 ft-lbs hard to achieve.

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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