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« on: January 12, 2010, 10:52:41 PM »
R32 Shock Absorber Replacement For Dummies



EDIT: Ok so i cant post up ALL the pics I want, but if you click the links for whatever part you want more of an in-depth look at, you can see more picture that might help you.

Alright this is my first write up so dont hate me in case its messy etc but im trying my best!

Ok first i gotta say changing your shocks is like trying to land a hot girl. You imagine how awesome its going to be in the end and all the great things, but to get to it you're going to feel pain, get dirty and probably need the help of mum or dad or your brother or mates.



CONTENTS:

To skip to the topic you want and cut the other shizz, just press CTRL+F in your browser then type in the percentage sign then the number you want to go to.

PLEASE NOTE: "Removing the rear shocks" is just a quick guide and if you want in depth details of how to remove a shock you shuld read the "Removing front shocks" and "Installing front shocks" section instead then apply it to the rears.

%1 - Tools
%2 - How to tell which shocks are for front and what is for rear
%3 - Jacking the car up
%4 - Removing front shocks
%5 - Installing front shocks
%6 - Removing the rear shocks
%7 - Conclusion






%1 Tools you will need:

Socket set and ratchet or spanner
Mallet/Hammer/Wood block
1 or 2 Rags.
Car jack

Front Shocks: 19mm socket/spanner, 14mm socket/spanner
Rear Shocks: 17mm socket/spanner, 12mm socket/spanner










%2 How to tell which shocks are for front and what is for rear

New shocks
The shorter ones are for the front, longer for back.

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11199.jpg






%3 Jacking the car up

MAKE SURE YOUR HANDBRAKE IS UP TIGHT ALL THE TIME AND THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON A FLAT SMOOTH SURFACE. DO NOT GO UNDERNEATH THE CAR WITHOUT HAVING PLACED AXEL STANDS OR SOMETHING OF THE SORT.

(I usually just chuck the wheel i remove under the car, i figure a new wheel costs less than a new face).

loosen the nuts before raising the car otherwise the wheel spins if you're trying to do your front wheels.


When jacking up the car make sure you do it from a safe point where you wont crush the rails in for the front, I do it from where this little metal strip sticks down. You might find a place thats been used before and is safe.

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11201.jpg


For the rear, i find the best spot is from where the lower arm(?) connects to the hub area.

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11238.jpg







%4 Removing Front Shocks



Use a 19mm socket/spanner to remove this nut holding the shock in place, DONT LOSE THE WASHER THAT COMES WITH IT.



Removing the nut
http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11208.jpg
http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11209.jpg

Then use a 14mm socket/spanner to remove the 2 bolts holding the shock in place in the engine bay


http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11218.jpg


Once the shock is loose you need to beat it with a mallet or hammer, WARNING: If using a hammer, wrap the head in a cloth so you dont damage the shock, i wrapped my mallet in one as well as you can't be too careful.

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11224.jpg

If the shock doesnt slide out just put the butt of one hammer and bash it like so:

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11225.jpg

If you survived this far, the shock should just drop down after it slides out, pull it out carefully and dont be stupid like me and scratch your paint.

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11226.jpg







%5 Installing Front shocks

After the old shock is out, chuck the new one in place, line it up with the holes (generally, dont try get it perfect right now)



Lining up top of shock
http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11230.jpg



Here comes the tricky bit where you might need mum or someone to help. You need to push the hub down so that the thread drops down and lines up with the bottom ring of the shock so you can slide it in. Get someone to stand on the hub or push down, CAREFUL MAKE SURE THE CAR IS STABLE.

As you try line it up by pushing the shock upwards (dont worry bout getting the threads thru the holes yet, just focus on getting the bottom inserted), also try twist the body of the shock to align the hole at the bottom.

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11231.jpg


Once you have the bottom hooked in, now focus on getting the threads thru the holes at the top, you may have to twist the piston of the shock and the body to get the holes to line up with the threads. DONT PUT THE BOLTS ON YET ONCE THE THREADS ARE THROUGH.

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11233.jpg


Next, get the mallet or hammer and hit the shock into place, make sure its hard up against the wall you're hitting it towards.

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11232.jpg

Bottom fully in:



Then just put the 19mm bolt on and tighten till you feel resistance then go a little bit more, you dont want to damage the thread though. DONT FORGET THE WASHER THAT GOES WITH THE NUT.

Now put the wheel back on and put the car back on its feet.
YOURE NOT DONE!!
NOW you can tighten the two threads that stick up from the shock through your engine bay with the 14mm nuts. Do it up tight but not excessively as you will damage the thread and put uneeded stress on the thread under hard driving.







%6 Removing the rear shocks


This part is pretty much the same as the front, if you want an in depth description, I recommend you read "How to remove" and "How to install" front shocks. In this section Ill just give you some tips that will save time etc.

Contrary to what some say, you dont need to take out your rear seats, thats just retarded.
Rip up your boot instead, take the lining away and you can see a rubber mickey mouse head, remove it and you can see the two nuts you need to remove later.




Mickey mouse head:
http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11237.jpg
http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11238.jpg


The best place to jack your car up in the rear can be found in the "Jacking the car up" section

Thats the nut you wanna get at (showed by red arrows)

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11241.jpg


Pretty much the same as the front, remove the nut at the bottom, its a 17mm nut DONT LOSE THE WASHER THAT COMES WITH IT, once that is done, remove the top two nuts in your boot, they are 12mm nuts. Bash the shock out.

Pull the shock out carefully and put the new one in, make sure you put it through the ring in the control arm (just thought id say it).

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn111/b00stinz/SDC11242.jpg



Once again, you're going to need a helping hand to push down the hub as you try put the bottom hole of the shock through the thread. Once its in (dont bash it in yet), put the two threads through the holes at the top going into the boot. THEN bash the shock into place, tighten the 17mm nut WITH THE WASHER. Then put the wheel back on and drop the car. THEN tighten the shock from inside the boot.









%7 Conclusion.


Please feel free to call me up on mistakes i may have made etc as i have not proof read it or anything at the moment, also if you want further help just PM me, if you have anything to add to this How-To just let me know and ill add it.

Shot guise :D

« Last Edit: January 12, 2010, 11:12:11 PM by b00stinz »

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2010, 10:53:14 PM »
%1 Tools you will need:

Socket set and ratchet or spanner
Mallet/Hammer/Wood block
1 or 2 Rags.
Car jack

Front Shocks: 19mm socket/spanner, 14mm socket/spanner
Rear Shocks: 17mm socket/spanner, 12mm socket/spanner



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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2010, 10:53:44 PM »
%2 How to tell which shocks are for front and what is for rear

New shocks
The shorter ones are for the front, longer for back.


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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2010, 10:54:06 PM »
%3 Jacking the car up

MAKE SURE YOUR HANDBRAKE IS UP TIGHT ALL THE TIME AND THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON A FLAT SMOOTH SURFACE. DO NOT GO UNDERNEATH THE CAR WITHOUT HAVING PLACED AXEL STANDS OR SOMETHING OF THE SORT.

(I usually just chuck the wheel i remove under the car, i figure a new wheel costs less than a new face).

loosen the nuts before raising the car otherwise the wheel spins if you're trying to do your front wheels.



When jacking up the car make sure you do it from a safe point where you wont crush the rails in for the front, I do it from where this little metal strip sticks down. You might find a place thats been used before and is safe.




For the rear, i find the best spot is from where the lower arm(?) connects to the hub area.


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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2010, 10:54:47 PM »
%4 Removing Front Shocks




Use a 19mm socket/spanner to remove this nut holding the shock in place, DONT LOSE THE WASHER THAT COMES WITH IT.





Then use a 14mm socket/spanner to remove the 2 bolts holding the shock in place in the engine bay





Once the shock is loose you need to beat it with a mallet or hammer, WARNING: If using a hammer, wrap the head in a cloth so you dont damage the shock, i wrapped my mallet in one as well as you can't be too careful.



If the shock doesnt slide out just put the butt of one hammer and bash it like so:



If you survived this far, the shock should just drop down after it slides out, pull it out carefully and dont be stupid like me and scratch your paint.


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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2010, 10:55:26 PM »
%5 Installing Front shocks

After the old shock is out, chuck the new one in place, line it up with the holes (generally, dont try get it perfect right now)






Here comes the tricky bit where you might need mum or someone to help. You need to push the hub down so that the thread drops down and lines up with the bottom ring of the shock so you can slide it in. Get someone to stand on the hub or push down, CAREFUL MAKE SURE THE CAR IS STABLE.

As you try line it up by pushing the shock upwards (dont worry bout getting the threads thru the holes yet, just focus on getting the bottom inserted), also try twist the body of the shock to align the hole at the bottom.




Once you have the bottom hooked in, now focus on getting the threads thru the holes at the top, you may have to twist the piston of the shock and the body to get the holes to line up with the threads. DONT PUT THE BOLTS ON YET ONCE THE THREADS ARE THROUGH.




Next, get the mallet or hammer and hit the shock into place, make sure its hard up against the wall you're hitting it towards.





Then just put the 19mm bolt on and tighten till you feel resistance then go a little bit more, you dont want to damage the thread though. DONT FORGET THE WASHER THAT GOES WITH THE NUT.

Now put the wheel back on and put the car back on its feet.
YOURE NOT DONE!!
NOW you can tighten the two threads that stick up from the shock through your engine bay with the 14mm nuts. Do it up tight but not excessively as you will damage the thread and put uneeded stress on the thread under hard driving.

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2010, 10:55:56 PM »
%6 Removing the rear shocks


This part is pretty much the same as the front, if you want an in depth description, I recommend you read "How to remove" and "How to install" front shocks. In this section Ill just give you some tips that will save time etc.

Contrary to what some say, you dont need to take out your rear seats, thats just retarded.
Rip up your boot instead, take the lining away and you can see a rubber mickey mouse head, remove it and you can see the two nuts you need to remove later.






The best place to jack your car up in the rear can be found in the "Jacking the car up" section

Thats the nut you wanna get at (showed by red arrows)




Pretty much the same as the front, remove the nut at the bottom, its a 17mm nut DONT LOSE THE WASHER THAT COMES WITH IT, once that is done, remove the top two nuts in your boot, they are 12mm nuts. Bash the shock out.

Pull the shock out carefully and put the new one in, make sure you put it through the ring in the control arm (just thought id say it).





Once again, you're going to need a helping hand to push down the hub as you try put the bottom hole of the shock through the thread. Once its in (dont bash it in yet), put the two threads through the holes at the top going into the boot. THEN bash the shock into place, tighten the 17mm nut WITH THE WASHER. Then put the wheel back on and drop the car. THEN tighten the shock from inside the boot.


%7 Conclusion.


Please feel free to call me up on mistakes i may have made etc as i have not proof read it or anything at the moment, also if you want further help just PM me, if you have anything to add to this How-To just let me know and ill add it.

Shot guys :D

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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2010, 10:58:09 PM »
%1 Tools you will need:

Socket set and ratchet or spanner
Mallet/Hammer/Wood block
1 or 2 Rags.
Car jack

Front Shocks: 19mm socket/spanner, 14mm socket/spanner
Rear Shocks: 17mm socket/spanner, 12mm socket/spanner





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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2010, 10:59:02 PM »

%2 How to tell which shocks are for front and what is for rear

New shocks
The shorter ones are for the front, longer for back.



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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2010, 11:13:06 PM »
nice one - what is the rainbow horn anyway btw =)

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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2010, 09:23:58 PM »
Nice write up!
Sam

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« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2010, 10:43:52 AM »
Nice guide!

Is it basically the same for an R34? Way easier than I thought.

Sorry for thread dredge btw.

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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2010, 02:07:34 PM »
Haha all good, yeah should be the same for R34 apart from maybe a different nut or 2 holding things in place. Was the exact same for a 300zx too.
Have a go man, let us know after if it was the exact same :)