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 Post subject: Any idiot can replace front shocks, WHy can't i?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:20 pm 
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Bent off top bolt, re=move thru bottom. Lignup new rubbers, crank down top nut until shaft turns, NOW WHAT? Jacked up side and got minimal access for two wrenches but it could take day doing it like this, WIsh I had felt line visegrips to grab shaft and crank down with socket o top.
Can someone help me out here? How should this be done, properly????? AN hour ago, I was to meet someone 90 miles away. Im late !!!! Lost time trying to find out if these new kyg shocks were correct. Have a 1/2 inch shaft and old shocked were 5/8 shaft
help..........

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 Post subject: Re: Any idiot can replace front shocks, WHy can't i?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:09 pm 
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Come on, you have acomuter on your desk at work........ log in and help a guy out. I can even load the van for yesterdays trio untill I can tighten down the top nuts on these shocks.....

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1998 Astro. Sterling Hi-top Conversion. 1st Second gen owned.
Former ....
90 Astro shorty conversion,$500 short term driver
91 ext Astro bad body,bad motor $325, became a 350/4bl cruiser with all under hood acces working.TOTALED..my fault
88 Astro shorty conversion 177k-270k,threw rod. $2500
85 Astro mint body ...totaled 9 days later...not my fault. Paid $1k, insurance gave me $2k
86 Astro shorty 147k-242k, $2500. sold running!


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 Post subject: Re: Any idiot can replace front shocks, WHy can't i?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:32 am 
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I assume you jacked up van and put on jack stands and removed wheels?
Get correct size wrench. Take your time.


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 Post subject: Re: Any idiot can replace front shocks, WHy can't i?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:15 am 
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Yes. I tried to jack each control arm up to get a wrench in from the side.
finally heated and bent 2 wrenches to use on top. Huge pita

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1998 Astro. Sterling Hi-top Conversion. 1st Second gen owned.
Former ....
90 Astro shorty conversion,$500 short term driver
91 ext Astro bad body,bad motor $325, became a 350/4bl cruiser with all under hood acces working.TOTALED..my fault
88 Astro shorty conversion 177k-270k,threw rod. $2500
85 Astro mint body ...totaled 9 days later...not my fault. Paid $1k, insurance gave me $2k
86 Astro shorty 147k-242k, $2500. sold running!


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 Post subject: Re: Any idiot can replace front shocks, WHy can't i?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:06 pm 
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Did you remove the splash shield? Should be easy to get to the shock through wheel well.

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 Post subject: Re: Any idiot can replace front shocks, WHy can't i?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:00 pm 
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Yes, pulled my newly replaced shields off, jacked up, on stands, then jacked each side to gain access. PITA I'm thinking the cold has the rubbers too cold to moosh down . Top of shocks are below the opening in the frame , jacking didn't give a
enough room to get onto the shock nuts from the side. Never had so much trouble, but I never was one to spend for luxury items like shocks.... Its all done but, from feel, the rubbers are not as wide as the washers. Gonna try to crank em down some more today .

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1998 Astro. Sterling Hi-top Conversion. 1st Second gen owned.
Former ....
90 Astro shorty conversion,$500 short term driver
91 ext Astro bad body,bad motor $325, became a 350/4bl cruiser with all under hood acces working.TOTALED..my fault
88 Astro shorty conversion 177k-270k,threw rod. $2500
85 Astro mint body ...totaled 9 days later...not my fault. Paid $1k, insurance gave me $2k
86 Astro shorty 147k-242k, $2500. sold running!


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