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george

george 2/27/2011

1986 Ford LTD Crown Victoria 8 Cyl 5.0L

Steering & Suspension

HOW CAN THE TOP BOLT BE REMOVED FROM THE REAR SHOCKS. IS THERE ACCESS THROUGH THE TRUNK OR BEHIND REAR SEAT?

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HPI Vorza

HPI Vorza 2/27/2011

Its on the trunk once you see the hump covered with carpet, you have to remove it and you will see the bolts.

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HPI Vorza

HPI Vorza 2/27/2011

My bad, here is an idea on how to go about it with pictures

http://www.p71interceptor.com/suspension/shocks/rear/

HouseCallAuto

HouseCallAuto 2/27/2011

There is an easier way. I have installed dozens of these over the years. Pick whichever method works for you. Jack up and support the vehicle with the rear axle hanging. (the shocks are actually now keeping the rear from lowering more) This may require you to have some very heavy duty jack stands that will support the vehicle from the rear of the frame rails just rearward of the where the arms bolt to the frame rails. Don't hold the car up by jacking up the rear axle or having it on ramps or you will not have enough room to work and swing the disconnected shock. Place a floor jack under the lower shock mount and raise it slightly to release the load from the lower shock and disconnect the mounting nut and remove the lower shock from it's mount. The first thing to try is spray penetrating oil on the threaded part of the upper shock that sticks through the mount upwards and place the box end of a combination wrench over the nut by reaching up and placing it over the stud till it reaches the nut. Now, with all your might, turn the upper cylinder of the shock (like you would remove an oil filter. the wrench will lay against something and stop and when you turn the shock tube you are now unthreading the shock. If it becomes too tight to turn all the way until it disconnects from the nut, after it cannot turn anymore simply grab the bottom of the shock and find an area that you can swing the shock in the widest arc possible and after three or four bends of the shock the stud will break off the top of the shock and it's out.

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