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Do I need any special tools to replace my struts?

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    Do I need any special tools to replace my struts?

    I'm going to replace my shocks and struts on my 2000 SS. I know I will need a spring compressor. Are there any other specialty tools needed to replace the strut?

    As far as the compressor, I'm going to get one of the "clam shell"types. Any pros or cons on the type of spring compressor?

    Thanks.

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    Other than spring compressor, no special tools needed.

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    Thanks. By the way, your taste in cars is impeccable and your color choice excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZandSS
    Thanks. By the way, your taste in cars is impeccable and your color choice excellent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZandSS
    I'm going to replace my shocks and struts on my 2000 SS. I know I will need a spring compressor. Are there any other specialty tools needed to replace the strut?

    As far as the compressor, I'm going to get one of the "clam shell"types. Any pros or cons on the type of spring compressor?

    Thanks.
    A spring compressor, definitely, and you just might need some sort of GRINDER! My driver side shock bolt was rusted solid to the shock shaft. I was freakin out because I couldn't get the top spring perch off and I couldn't drive anywhere to get help. But I remembered I had a brand new die grinder for my air compressor and sawed that beotch off! Good luck!

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    i'm going to do the same thing... but i can't seem to find a spring compressor anywhere.... any ideas?

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    If you know someone at a dealership that is who did mine. I just used there spring compressor and was done in 10 mminutes.

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    yea my neighbor owns a dealership 2 miles from our houses...he let me borrow his when i did mine.

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    you will need a torx socket bit as well. i think T50. there are two bolts under the master cylinder that have torx heads on them. to access one of them, you will need to remove the master cylinder from the brake booster. you do not need to remove the brake lines from the master cylinder to do this.

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    Autozone rents out tools. Give them a try.

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    Impact wrench or Grinder! I spent 1/2 hr trying to break loose the rusted bolts in the front shocks. I was surprised how bad it was considering the car is not that old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZandSS View Post
    Thanks. By the way, your taste in cars is impeccable and your color choice excellent.
    I agree, nice taste in cars.

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    how much does a spring compressor usually cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StylesMcKnob View Post
    how much does a spring compressor usually cost?
    Got mine at Sears.....$50.00 or something, can't remember exactly. But I can use it whenever I want to change em!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG D's SS View Post
    If you know someone at a dealership that is who did mine. I just used there spring compressor and was done in 10 mminutes.
    hummina hummina holy cow!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StylesMcKnob View Post
    how much does a spring compressor usually cost?
    if you dont value your life that much you could get one at harbourgh freight for $15.00.

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