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I was looking at the instructions from the volvo instruction page, found here ( <A HREF="http://vccs.volvocars.se/accessories/ii/Details.aspx?uid=99e96a02-3c2a-4645-895b-32f151e08197" TARGET="_blank">http://vccs.volvocars.se/acces...08197</A> ) ,<p>and this page here : <A HREF="http://sdbhost.com/testsites/VolvoS60/S60RearSprings.html" TARGET="_blank">http://sdbhost.com/testsites/V....html</A><p>Both say to remove the top nut and then lower shock bolt and then remove the shock. However my suspension doesn't look like the ones pictured. My rear spring seat part of the shock like shown below.<p>Upper<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/101_0515.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>Lower<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/101_0513.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>How do I go about removing the rear shock on this car? I am assuming there is a way to remove the whole strut/spring assembly but the top shock mount is different than what I am used to seeing as well.<p>Any help would be greatly appreciated guys.<p>Thanks!
 

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So you already removed the little bolt on the inside of the car. If you look up facing the bottom of the strut in the second picture, you'll see a big strut mount bolted to the body with 2 bolts. Remove those (not a lot of torque needed) and then remove the bolt you show in the second picture securing the bottom of the strut to the control arm. You are going to have to pry the strut off after taking off that last big bolt.
 

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BTW, the links you are referring to are for FWD cars smarty pants <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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These two?<p><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/101_0519.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Then the whole assembly will come out and I can use the spring compressors and swap the spring like normal??<p>Thanks so much man, this will make my day if I can get it done.
 

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Yes those 2. The hardest part of this rear suspension is aligning the control arms with the bottom mounting hole of the strut. You'll see what i mean when you pry the strut off. The Control arms pop up to a relaxed position. Use a scissor jack to lower them back if you're on jackstands. If you're on a lift, use a belt clamp or something like it, hook the ends on each of the control arms and tighten. When you're getting the spring seat/strut mount off, don't bother with that little torx insert on top of the bolt and make sure you have the whole thing in a vise. Before you do that though, mark the original positions on the spring seat and strut mount so you're aligned correctly later on when you put the whole assembly back together.
 

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I did the rears this afternoon.<p>Undid the single both from the top and the two on the underside of the top mount-<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/101_0515.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/102_6045.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Then the single lower bolt-<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/102_6046.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Pry shock away from mount-<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/102_6048.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Shock is free-<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/102_6050.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Use jack to raise/lower trailing arm-<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/102_6049.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Remove old unit-<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/102_6051.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Mark spring seat and shock mount for reassembly-<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/102_6054.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Compress old spring and remove shock mount-<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/102_6055.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Install new spring, spring seat and shock mount-<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/102_6056.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>New spring on shock-<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/102_6057.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Installed-<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/102_6059.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>It started pouring outside so I will have to wait until tomorrow to do the fronts but it's coming along.<p>Thanks again for the initial help and directions.<p>
 

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No problem. Glad I didn't mislead you <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Fronts are a BREEZE! it should taker you an hour tops! How is the ride height looking now? I cut a coil off of the rear springs and its perfect but I'd like to see how yours came out!
 

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Freaking nice job <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Thanks a lot man.<p>I'm gonna do the fronts in just a bit here. I'll probably take pics of the front install even though it should be easier and post em just for reference for anyone else doing this in the future.<p>I've decided to go ahead and replace the shocks as well. They have 70,000 miles on em and could stand to be replaced especially since we're replacing the springs. I'm going to go with either stock replacements or KYB's. I'll do the shocks and new spring seats next weekend. It'll be a breeze the second time around.
 

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The KYB Gasajusts from tire rack? Tell me how those are, I've been itching for a stiffer rear shock because my rides a little bouncy. What are you going with for the fronts?
 

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Yeah the KYB Gas Adjust's for the rear and the KYB GR-2's for the front.<p>I'll let you know what I think of them.
 

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Is KYB stuff high quality? The gas-a-justs are monotube designs (like bilstein yellows) and I thought the GR-2 might be a little mismatched with them. Why not go with Bilstein Sports in the front?<br>
 

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ok, actually I ran into a problem anyhow, the parts #'s shown for the Gas adjust's for the AWD are the same as the ones listed for FWD on tire rack and rock auto .com .<p>The AWD are defintiely different than the FWD in that the rear shock has a integral lower spring perch.<p>Where can I get new rear shocks for the AWD model??? KYB or other brands, eithr would be okay.
 

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If KYB doesn't have them, you're stuck with Stock sachs shocks. I know heico makes a cup kit (springs/shocks) for the AWD models but that's not an economically feasible option anymore <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I did find the OEM shocks, both front and rear for the AWD, at IPD. I'll do them eventually but I'll ride a while on these.<p>Here's the end result:<p>Before Eibach Springs-<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/101_0509.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>After Eibach Springs-<br><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/103_0547.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/103_0552.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/103_0553.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/103_0555.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/103_0554.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/103_0557.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>This is right after a 5 minute cruise around the block. I hope it will settle some more in the next few days, in the rear especially. But I am pretty happy overall, it looks way better, handles very nice as well. Just what I was after.
 

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I don't know what you did but when I installed Eibachs in my 02 AWD the rear was very low and much lower than yours.<br><B>There are NO aftermarket AWD REAR shocks for a Volvo </B>and you will find that the OEM rear shock when compressed like that is good for maybe 10-15K miles before they give up.<br>If you read my post from years ago I removed the front Eibachs and installed T5 springs as I kept bottoming out (body kit) then the car was level after that with maybe the front 1/2" lower than the rear which IMO is perfect.<br>I would try Konis<B> "cut a strut"</B> in the front, installed properly, they will probably work better than any other front strut available.<br>The rears, you're on your own there!
 

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Yeah I just checked KYB's website and there is indeed only one part number for "all" S60's. I guess we're screwed <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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The rear dropped at least 2", the fender to tire gap has been reduced by at least 2/3'rds. The front is much lower, I'm planning on an OEM body kt w/ 18"'s, we'll see how the stock shocks cope with the Eibachs, The spring company says the spring is designed to work with the stock suspenion, I won't be auto-crossing this ride. But I will let you know how the ride is,..........<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by NJGreenBudd at 11:57 PM 8-3-2008</i>
 
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