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There's also this tool if you are one of those "use the correct tool for the job" people.






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Good idea!! Nothing that a wafer wheel and cheap deepwell socket can make.
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Wonderful thing about pneumatic impact gun is the speed of the gun and the inertia of the part. I have just put the nut on the strut shaft and hit it with the gun. The nut will spin on before the shaft starts to spin. It works taking them off also.
Warning!! Using an impact on the rod nut can loosen the piston from the rod inside the strut. It can also damage the piston ring seal. I know I will hear from all of you that have done this before with no problem....YOU GOT LUCKY!!! If you don't believe me, call the manufacturer, and ask if they will warranty your strut after this.
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Warning!! Using an impact on the rod nut can loosen the piston from the rod inside the strut. It can also damage the piston ring seal. I know I will hear from all of you that have done this before with no problem....YOU GOT LUCKY!!! If you don't believe me, call the manufacturer, and ask if they will warranty your strut after this.
I concur. In the past, a mechanic did just that on my other car. One of the struts failed within a 1000 miles.
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Spring compressor for replacing front struts

Final update since this thread is mostly about tools

Got the replacement strut mount in. Much tighter. I also decided to order the above socket since my Mustang uses coil overs with the same size nut and I'm always removing them to change spring rates and such.

Much easier time than my macguyvered setup.



You can certainly make your own from a deep socket, but I just opted to buy one. Really easy to get the nuts tight with either setup, so both methods work fine.

However I was unable to hold the strut right to do final torque on my bench. I'll have to do this when the strut is in the car as the febder will hold the strut mount and I can manipulate the wrenches. So I tagged the struts with a "needs final torque" tag an boxed them up.


But, two all-Ford quick struts ready to go. Total assembly time was around 2 hrs. Second strut much quicker to do.


Now just need warmer weather



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