Removing Live Axle Bilsteins

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john g
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Removing Live Axle Bilsteins

Chassis is a 1995 xflow live axle, Bilsteins height adjustable shocks all round.

I'm removing all 4 shocks for a rebuild (Is a rebuild cost effective compared to new?). The alan bolt holding the top of the front shock to the chassis, is it a 3/8" alan key I require to remove the bolt? Also, to remove the adjustable platforms I require a 'C' spanner, are these spanner's all one size? Finally, will I require spring clamps to remove the springs?

Jonathan Kay
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Would you like an Assembly Guide with bolt sizes and torque settings?

Jonathan

PS: There's a hazard somewhere in dismantling, but I can't remember the details...

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Bilstein in Leicester (just off J21 / M1) charged me £85 per shock to refurbish. One needed a new pushrod which was extra. New seals/internals, oil and end bushes. 

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Socket cap head bolt is possibly a replacement as original supply was hex head, or at least it was when I got mine, and commonly change to make fitting easier. It's a 1/2 x 4" UNF and will be a 3/8" Allen as you say.

C spanners are either 1.9 or 2.25" - it's the latter for coil over dampers.

Robert

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My platforms have holes rather than slots. I'm supposed to use peg spanners on them but find that two old pozi #2 screwdrivers with the ends cut off fit perfectly! 

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Once you've lowered the platforms, all the tension is off the springs, and they are easy to remove, so no you don't need any spring compressors. It would be a good idea to measure the spring heights so when/if you get them back from refurbishment you'll have a ride height starting point.

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Thanks for everyone's inputs Thumbup