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    • GTP091
      There’s a special tool for removing the collar that secures the shock inside the strut tube.  It’s fine threaded and likely to be a bugger to get out from the top if you can find the tool,  unless it was changed a few times and had anti seize applied.  I took mine apart using big vice grips. 
    • TheKidInBuff
      I understand now. The schematic explains it all. I couldn't find one that detailed. Who knew the entire assembly could be removed as one unit. I've had new lower control arm bushings sitting on the shelf for about 2 years now so I may just completely pull the entire assembly out, and do everything at once. The passenger side tire has had a bad case of toe out for years so the alignment doesn't matter. I dont mind compressing the springs. Ive never had a real issue compressing and these are 26 years old anyway.  I do like GTP091's way of changing the bearings. This is originally how I thought I had to do it. And still may do it this way.. Few months ago I changed the rear shocks and had a hell of a time with the big mono-leaf. So I fear I'm going to end back up in that situation again lol. I wonder why GM didnt keep using this strut design.. I love the cartridges and how easy they are to change. Its not like the strut bearings go bad any sooner than they do on the mid-2000s W Bodys. By the end of the month I plan on doing this job. Ill be referencing this post and try to post an update...thanks!
    • 55trucker
      Know where you're coming form, mine's just a Princess Auto special, motor isn't heavy duty so one has to pay attention so as to not overload it, other than that it works well.
    • GTP091
      I’ve worked with stainless lots before so isn’t my first rodeo here. I was actually cutting some regular old steel for non car purposes when she burnt up.  The saw is a very old craftsman and my vice has been abused over the years.  Just a pain in the ass when they both bust up the same day. 
    • 55trucker
      LOL, you have discovered how much more brutal stainless is where trying to cut it is concerned, it is considerably harder than mild steel. I went thru a couple of 14" cut off discs with my chop-saw as well. Didn't kill the motor tho, backed off the pressure to save the motor. what brand of chop-saw do you have?
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