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So I've got the car jacked up with the trailing arm supported at the point of full shock droop. The old shocks came off eth mounting stud with some tapping, but the new BIlstein doesn't want to go on the stud because of the angle of the stud. Is there a sweet spot on the height of the trailing arm where the bushing/stud angles align better?

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It’s better to install the shock onto the stud first and then align it up through the upper shock mount. As you carefully lower the rear of car. Secure a one side at a time loosely. Then when both are in position, lower car, settle suspension by rolling a few feet back and forth and tighten shock hardware.

Cheers,
Matt


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Thanks. Problem is keeping Bilsteins collapsed. Maybe duct tape?

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I use a nylon paracord with a loop at both ends. Then cut when in position to expand shock.


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A big hammer gives similar results, I have done it many times and never damaged the threads.

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I'll try the cord trick. Those things are a bear to collapse. 

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OK, some tie-wrap loops did the trick. Got the bottom bushing on the stud, aimed the rod at the upper bushing hole (with spacer tube and washer in place on the rod) and cut the tie-wrap. Slide right in. Does anyone have a torque setting for the upper nut?

 

Another hint: to get the old upper bushing out, I cut off the top with a hack saw and then pulled the rest out using a long bolt that i levered out from the bottom of the car with vice grips.

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Glad it worked out... cord, zip ties, what ever works...

Cheers!!
Matt


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