How interesting, I am in the process of taking mine off. If anyone could help me figure out why in the hell the damn bolt at the top of the stupid thing won't come off (it just spins and spins) it would be amazing...
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>carreragt7</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">How interesting, I am in the process of taking mine off. If anyone could help me figure out why in the hell the damn bolt at the top of the stupid thing won't come off (it just spins and spins) it would be amazing...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The nut that holds the rear top mount to the rear shock?<p>Use a pair of vice-grip to hold on the stud, then turn with a wrench.<p><IMG SRC="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3512/3315378974_fe78d85773.jpg?v=0" BORDER="0">
I finally got them off, just to find I have to drill out the hole to be larger to fit the beefier KW strut. The bolts were pretty siezed up, took three of us to get them off. Vice grips, and a couple of pliers. PITA, that should've taken 2 minutes but took 2+ hours.
Super easy actually. As long as no bolts are seized up, of course... <br>I just got the holes enlarged at the welding shop of my school, took two seconds, whereas I attempted to enlarge them at home with my drill (that had titanium bits) and got nowhere after trying for a 1/2 hour. I'm hoping the fronts aren't the same way, or it will be another day without my car.
Not sure, I am a noobie when it comes to this kind of stuff as well, and I didn't find it too hard. I'm not positive if you need to remove your springs to replace your strut, but if so you can just rent spring compressors from AutoZone for $50 that they refund completely when you return the spring compressors.<br>If you don't have to remove the spring (which I don't think you do) all you would need to do is remove the bolt on the bottom of the strut, and the two at the top of it, and remove the one holding the strut to the brace that attaches it to the frame. <br>Should be super easy, anyone else with more knowledge feel free to chime in and correct anything I just said. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
You don't need to touch the rear springs to do the rear shocks. They are held down by two different bolts.<p>If you want to take the rear springs out for whatever reason, you don't have to use a spring compressor. Just put some kind of floor jack underneath where the spring is, unbolt, and let the spring down with the jack. <p>Use the same floor jack to get the spring back up and the bolt in during reinstall.