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Old 10-09-2007, 04:14 AM   #15
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Thanks.

I'll place the address into my favorites under "Alpine Parts".
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Old 04-30-2008, 03:54 AM   #16
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Found it!

I changed the front shocks to Koni and found the "U" bracket at the lower mount was not tight against the sides of the steel shock bushing sleeve. Fortunately, my pneumatic impact wrench was strong enough to tighten them to the point the clearance was taken up and the bracket was brought into contact with the bushing sleeves.

What a bear it was to loosen the mounting bolts. "Liquid-Wrench", impact driver, "Liquid-Wrench", impact driver, and on and on and on. Finally got the nuts to break loose enough to remove them and change the shocks (I suspect they had not been moved since the Bilsteins were installed by WRV in November of 1998).

I have not changed the rears yet but I have noticed a HUGE difference in the front. Less roll, less steering input, better damping. It seems to do for Pennsyltucky roads what PenDOT can't.

Who'da thunk?

Oh well, off to squeeze myself under the rear to change the shocks (can I fit and will the impact driver have enough room to get over the nuts?).
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:07 PM   #17
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good luck Bob!!
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Thanks Hugh.

I've decided to let my mechanic do that job. I just don't fit (and I'm not too overweight.....yet).

Now, all I have to do is find someone in this area that can do a good polish and wax job and this beast will glitter like a brand new dime.

Life is good...............
And, it sure beats the alternative.
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