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post #16 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 02:53 PM
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Yes, great post. I used it to change mine out. Thanks Gadwhite.

One thing I would add is that I did not have a tall stool to lift the rear of the car, so I used my floor jack, few blocks of wood (car was alreay on jackstands so I need height) and lifted by the shipping tie down found by the muffler.

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post #17 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-25-2014, 06:08 AM
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1983 Spider Rear Shock Orientation

On KYB rear shocks does the bellows go up or down or does it matter?????
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post #18 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-14-2014, 03:21 PM
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I just got done replacing the rear shocks. I did the front ones last month. Went for a test drive. What a huge difference! I got the KYB gas shocks from IAP. It sits a bit higher now. And it fixed my twisted trunk look. The top passenger side corner was sticking up. My car had the original 27 year old shocks.

With the factory manual and the directions/tips here, I got it done with no issues. I didn't even have to jack up the back. It was close enough to get the bolts started. I hope that was a good thing and not something else wrong. :-)

This thread was extremely helpful!

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post #19 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-14-2014, 09:09 PM
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I found that to get the bottom two nuts off the old shocks required two wrenches - but one wrench needed to be fairly thin - the best thing was to sacrifice a 17mm wrench on the bench grinder. Grind it down to about 2/3rds thickness then immediately quench it in water.

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This was a very helpful thread when I just replaced my rear shocks. Many thanks to the OP. Some comments:

1 - If you use low pressure shocks like Konis, there is no need to lift the rear of the vehicle. High pressure shocks like KYB or Bilstiens need the extra clearance and the body lift.

2 - The bottom bushing from the old shocks fell off when I was removing them. It was easy to fish out with with a wire clothes hangar.

3 - Painters tape on the bottom bushing and washer worked great.

The car rides much better now with new shocks.
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I'm having issues removing the shock from the trailing arm- both the nuts on mine are 17mm and aligned. No stopping the shaft from turning with vice grips; it's polished and turns freely in the vice grips. Not cool...

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I had to use 2 vice grips for it to stop turning. And very tight. I didn't care much since I was throwing the old shocks away afterwards.

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Got it; I DID have a 19mm nut. I held it in place with a wrench in the trailing arm channel, and used my air tool zip the 17mm free.

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Can you use the same technique (unbolting the shocks and pulling them out through the trunk) on a Giulia?

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I did not have a tall stool to lift the rear of the car, so I used my floor jack, few blocks of wood (car was alreay on jackstands so I need height) and lifted by the shipping tie down found by the muffler.
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Glad it all worked out. But I have to say that your lift point makes me nervous. Yes, I know the differential was on stands and the car's rear springs were supporting some of the body weight. Still, I don't think the under-floor trunk sheetmetal is very strong. Frankly, nothing behind the axle is very strong.

I'd recommend lifting from the jack points. Yes, more force will be needed, but it's a stronger part of the body-frame.


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OMG...That was over 2 years ago

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Just to say cracking thread and really helped me in changing my rear shocks....


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OMG...That was over 2 years ago

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Especially the bottom ones..


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