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Thread: Changed my rear shock mounts today - here is some pics

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    Changed my rear shock mounts today - here is some pics

    Amazing how such a smal thing can make a change, I took the car for a ride after I was done, and the car definatly felt more...."solid on the road", pretty glad I installed new RSM's

    Still have a sqeeking sound in the back thought...think it might be a worn shock.

    First things first, jack the car up and take the rear wheel's off and make sure the car is SECURE, you are going to stick your head into the wheel well, you don't want the car to come crashing down on you.

    Standard disclaimer applies, if you break soething or hurt yourself, it's your fault, not mine

    1/14 Pull out boot carpet
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    2/14 - Unscrew and unclip piece of plastic
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    3/14 - Pull out side carpet, give it a slight yank to get it out.
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    4/14 - Side carpet off revealing a 2nd carpet, looks like a sound damping carpet to me.
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    5/14 - Remove sound dampening carpet to reveal shock mount. Notice new shock mount next to it.
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    6/14 - un-screw the two bolts holding the shock mount to the shock tower ("strut tower")
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    7/14 - Shock is loose
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    8/14 - To remove shock completly the bolt at the bottom of the shock needs to be removed. Quite hard to get loose
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    9/14 - Shock finally completly out
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    10/14 - Shock free wheel well
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    11/14 - Clamp onto the top of the pin sticking out and undo the bolt holding the shock mount on the shock.
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    12/14 - shock mount off lying next to the soon to be fitted new shock mount
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    13/14 - Clean the shock while it's out:
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    14/14 - re-install shock with new shock mount.

    Now just do the same for the other side.
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    Great job!!! :

    How much did you spend on the parts?


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    Originally posted by Daved
    Great job!!! :

    How much did you spend on the parts?
    R76 south african rands. It was R38 for one shock mount.
    It's roughly about $10 us dollars

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    nice write up..

    guess its bout time i did this too..

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    good write-up
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    good job

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    is that an oriental rug that you do your car work over? heh

    if there is a sqeaking sounds when i step out of the car, does that mean the rsm should be replaced, or is that somthing else?

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    IN the 9th pic it looks as if the car is resting with the suspension/rotors on the carpet.

    What are you using for support?
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    good job man. im doing mine this weekend putting in new springs while im at it.
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    I changed mine without taking the shock off. And also without taking off the bottom carpet or 2nd sound deadening.

    As for teh squeeking when stepping out of your car - thats your ebrake most likely. Rear shock mounts make this jiggling rattling sound when the shocks are loaded (ie driving over bumps, taking corners, etc).

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    no Z3 reinforcement plates? should of put those in ...

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    Originally posted by Balthazarr
    IN the 9th pic it looks as if the car is resting with the suspension/rotors on the carpet.

    What are you using for support?
    I have two pyramid jacks, one at each side under car.

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