Front suspension leg shock cartridge

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Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by p in phcas » Sun Mar 20, 2022 3:05 pm

I’m stripping down and replacing shocks on the front. I have got so far with disassembly but I’m stuck with getting the strut caps off to remove the old and insert the new.

Lots of wd40, grunting, bruised knuckles and a busted workmate later, how do it get them off?

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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by chopperoli » Sun Mar 20, 2022 4:51 pm

extreme heat and violence should do it. failing that, carefully cut a slot on the outside to open up, then cold chisel off



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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by p in phcas » Sun Mar 20, 2022 5:02 pm

I don’t think my plumbers torch will give enough ‘extreme heat’


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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by Flags » Sun Mar 20, 2022 9:08 pm

I did this in the week.
A very study vice and a heavy duty monkey wrench, the harder you lever the more they grip.



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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by mr.brown » Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:31 am

Plumbers type type adjustable wrench (with teeth), vice and long lever.



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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by Village Idiots » Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:54 am

I'm not sure the tops come off on all types.
In your photo the right hand one has what looks like spot welds.



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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by p in phcas » Mon Mar 21, 2022 11:25 am

Village Idiots wrote:
Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:54 am
I'm not sure the tops come off on all types.
In your photo the right hand one has what looks like spot welds.
That’s just the plate used for the ‘special’ VW tool attached to the tops. There’s definitely a screw thread there. Once I removed the rust, it is easily seen.


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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by Blueshark » Mon Mar 21, 2022 9:47 pm

And if you realy Fu.. them up I have refurbished sets for sale ;-).

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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by p in phcas » Mon Mar 21, 2022 10:06 pm

Blueshark wrote:
Mon Mar 21, 2022 9:47 pm
And if you realy Fu.. them up I have refurbished sets for sale ;-).

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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by WreckTangle » Tue Mar 22, 2022 12:40 pm

When I did mine a few years ago I bought the correct ring nut tool. The one I got was a Bilstein MS 08/6. This not only made it easy to open the originals but it also meant I could torque the replacements accurately.

Be careful using a lot of heat on shock absorbers. They are full of oil. You might get the end off faster and further than you were bargaining for!



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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by mark1gls » Thu Mar 24, 2022 11:16 pm

I use a large pair of stilsons to un do the tops but I loosen them when the struts are on the car, you may need a good vice well fixed to bench or something to hold them still when you come to undo them.

When fitting new tops coat the threads with copper grease then next time it’s a lot easier to undo them.


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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by p in phcas » Fri Mar 25, 2022 8:24 am

There will be a full on attack of the top caps this weekend. I will update with the result when I can.


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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by mark1gls » Fri Mar 25, 2022 10:51 pm

Or try a metal bar placed in the cut out and use a hammer to tap it round, once it’s loosened a bit it should unscrew.


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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by p in phcas » Sat Mar 26, 2022 11:25 am

Did it. Angle grinder to cut a slot. Cold chisel and hammer to break the seal of rust. Brute force for the rest.


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Re: Front suspension leg shock cartridge

Post by p in phcas » Sat Mar 26, 2022 11:28 am

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