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 Posted: 08-05-2005 09:48 pm
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sjensen24
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I plan to replace all of my springs, shocks and bushings.  I have jacked up the car and spent some time just looking around.  It is not clear to me how I get to the top of the rear shock.  The shop manual shows a nut and seems to imply that I need to remove that.  In real life, however, the top connection seems to be buried in the unibody construction.  How do I disconnect the spring at the top?

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 Posted: 08-05-2005 11:35 pm
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Mitch Ware
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There are ( or should be) two nuts on the top end of the shock, it is reached from the exterior. There isn't a lot of room on top, but there is enough to get a couple of wrenches on to them.

Mitch Ware
1974 Jensen Healey JH5 #111119670
1971 Triumph TR6 #CC66950LO

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 Posted: 08-06-2005 12:02 am
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Mark Rosenbaum
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I just went out to the garage, crammed a camera into the rear wheel well, and took the attached photo.  At the top of the bracket is a plastic cover that slips off to reveal two nuts securing the top of the shock to the bracket (and, in my case, the adjuster for the shock).

My car is 16371, and if yours is pre-13350, it may differ.

Attachment: Rear shock upper mount.jpg (Downloaded 79 times)

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 Posted: 08-08-2005 12:22 am
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Upon re-reading your post it occurs to me you might have been asking about the rear springs rather than the rear shocks.

To remove the rear springs, first undo the nut holding the spring to the lower arm.  Support the arm with a jack, remove the rear pivot bolt, and slowly lower the arm until it falls free of the spring.  Remove the forward pivot bolt on the arm and let it drop free.

Insert a 9/16" hex socket attached to a long extension shaft up through the center of the rear spring, and undo the hex bolt securing the spring upper bushing to the chassis.  With the bolt removed the rear spring will drop free.

When reinstalling the spring, the pin on the upper bushing fits into the unthreaded hole to the rear of the threaded weld-nut in the chassis.

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 Posted: 08-08-2005 02:21 pm
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Sorry,  I DID mean springs.

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