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Coilover Problem!!!

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by ETaco23, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. Mar 30, 2009 at 6:58 PM
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    ETaco23

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    I was out in the shop trying to adjust my coilovers, bc they are off, one side to the other... But I cant get my driver side to crank... It sooper hard and wont budge, I can get it to go down fine! So is there something I can do to get it to budge, becides taking my coilover off and doing it in a vise?:mad:
     
  2. Mar 30, 2009 at 6:59 PM
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    jolayiv

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    Are you taking the weight off of that side of the truck when you do it?
     
  3. Mar 30, 2009 at 7:00 PM
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    TacoNut

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    they have to be taken off of the truck I believe....

    or atleast jack it up to there's no stress on them
     
  4. Mar 30, 2009 at 7:02 PM
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    No need to take them off, just take the weight off.
     
  5. Mar 30, 2009 at 7:04 PM
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    ETaco23

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    Yeah I got the truck jacked up! I have done this before, with them on the truck, its not that hard, but for some reason it wont budge on the driver side.
     
  6. Mar 30, 2009 at 7:05 PM
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    That coil is still going to be loaded in the strut even with the truck jacked up.

    How old are your coil over's? If they are fairly new then they shouldn't be siezed. Try hitting the spanner nut with a torch, be careful not to over heat the shock and spring. If you do it just right you will expand the nut before the strut expands and loosen it.

    If that doesn't work. Hit the spanner nut with the torch then spray some penetrating lube in there before it cools. Just don't have the flame there while you spray or it will be a bigger torch.:bananadead:
     
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    Are the threads pretty good and clean? Try cleaning them up a bit if not.
     
  8. Mar 30, 2009 at 7:16 PM
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    Yeah, there clean. My coilovers arent that old. Maybe a month... I dont know If im ready to torch my C/O.... Ive done this before with no problems. piece of pie!!! I tryed lubing it, but nothing!
     
  9. Mar 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM
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    Hold the spanner wrench on the coil-over and hit the spanner wrench with a dead-blow hammer. It's slow going but it'll work.
     
  10. Mar 30, 2009 at 7:30 PM
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  11. Mar 30, 2009 at 7:36 PM
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    If you're not comfortabe with it then do it as a last resort. It does work well. A regular hardware store torch works great, just hit it quick, a couple of seconds just to expand the spanner nut. Like heating up a metal lid on a glass jar.
     
  12. Mar 30, 2009 at 7:40 PM
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    Another thing you may want to consider. AS your truck is on a lift, take the Co's off, remove the pring from them, and apply some anti sieze along the threads. Its a bitch, as you have to dismantel them, but it will prevent this from happening in the future, and they will be able to be adjusted easily.
     
  13. Mar 30, 2009 at 7:51 PM
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    Well, I think I will try the hammer trick first. I'll see what I can do tomarrow..... I dont have far to go, so thats a good thing!
    thanks for all the help and seggestions guys!
     
  14. Mar 31, 2009 at 12:37 PM
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    do 10 reps of 400lbs on bench press,10 reps of 75lb barbell wrist raises for your forarms and go for it.just dont break the spanner wrench.i works everytime.
     
  15. Mar 31, 2009 at 5:46 PM
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    ^^^HA! yeah, I think I would be dead, seeings how I cant rep 400lbs..

    But I got it figured out. It took some perswation with a hammer and lots of grunting, but I got both side at 38-3/4" and my rear is at 39-1/2. So a 3/4" rake is pretty good. :)
     
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