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how to replace front/rear springs/shock on 4th gen

This is a discussion on how to replace front/rear springs/shock on 4th gen within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; Originally Posted by kool-aide sorry, but i am still giggling over that gas discharge you had. Scary, but I'm just ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kool-aide View Post

    sorry, but i am still giggling over that gas discharge you had. Scary, but I'm just a giggler by nature, gets me in all sorts of trouble too.
    LMAO! At least we can entertain each other! I can't wait to exchange 4th of July stories. Maybe I'll stay away from the fireworks this year. Don't blow your hand off!

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    lol...they don't let me buy the good stuff. As a kid I "accidently" caught one of those big metal trash dumpsters on fire with fire crackers, oops.

    It was full of trash. It got so hot it warped the dumpster, lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kool-aide View Post
    lol...they don't let me buy the good stuff. As a kid I "accidently" caught one of those big metal trash dumpsters on fire with fire crackers, oops.

    It was full of trash. It got so hot it warped the dumpster, lol...
    LMAO!!!

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    the link on the first page no worky.........I need the info asap.

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    heres a guide for the front.

    http://www.ls1howto.com/index.php?article=6

    heres a guide to the rear

    http://www.ls1howto.com/index.php?article=8
    Last edited by 2MuchFun; 09-10-2008 at 01:48 PM.

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    very nice how toos, but do they include shooting parts out of the garage? Blasting your face of with pressurized gas? Or how about a 36 hour marathon of swearing it is impossible?

    seriously though, nice links, thanks. I got to enjoy my shocks one more time over the holiday, replacing control arm bushings. I can honestly say I am loving every penny i spent on them, lol....

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    Here we go again! LOL!

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    oh yeah, one busted ball joint and enough swearing to make a sailor plug his ears, lol... although i am disappointed, not shooting parts, but I had to squeeze the car into the car because this was not a few hour fix, lol...

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    luckily my upper ball joint popped apart easily......I got both front shocks installed and new front brakes today.......just gotta do the back now

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2MuchFun View Post
    luckily my upper ball joint popped apart easily......I got both front shocks installed and new front brakes today.......just gotta do the back now
    Back shocks are easy. Maybe 1/2 hour if you drink a few beers in between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedsB4Csled View Post
    Back shocks are easy. Maybe 1/2 hour if you drink a few beers in between.
    sounds about right, .

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    This is a great thread, does anyone know how to get to the rear upper shock nuts for my convertible?
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    Thats a pretty good write up, very impressive.

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    what is a isolater !!!

    i'm trying to replace the front struts on my 98 Z-28 convert and the prior own was a hack not a normal but totally moronic mess . This guy left so many parts out of the front suspentionn that i had to go to Chevy to look up what was missing.
    The Question is were and if theres this triangle rubber isolator .
    In chevy parts they have it between the upper inside of spring and the upper spring seat i cannot figure out how this can Be!! Thers no room.

    Also do you guys get alot of rust on the upper mount were it bolts to the body ? Some surface rust on car were they meet cleaned that but the control mount has rust onit should I replace or just clean and paint?
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    Quote Originally Posted by boxster964 View Post
    i'm trying to replace the front struts on my 98 Z-28 convert and the prior own was a hack not a normal but totally moronic mess . This guy left so many parts out of the front suspentionn that i had to go to Chevy to look up what was missing.
    The Question is were and if theres this triangle rubber isolator .
    In chevy parts they have it between the upper inside of spring and the upper spring seat i cannot figure out how this can Be!! Thers no room.

    Also do you guys get alot of rust on the upper mount were it bolts to the body ? Some surface rust on car were they meet cleaned that but the control mount has rust onit should I replace or just clean and paint?
    Thanks
    Yeah rust does happen there. I would replace it if you are that concerned. I sanded and painted mine. You have pics? I remember my 2002 had that rubber bushing/isolator between the upper control arm and body I believe. I think a 98 would be the same. There was a "seat" between my spring and coil over top mount as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedsB4Csled View Post
    Yeah rust does happen there. I would replace it if you are that concerned. I sanded and painted mine. You have pics? I remember my 2002 had that rubber bushing/isolator between the upper control arm and body I believe. I think a 98 would be the same. There was a "seat" between my spring and coil over top mount as well.
    Great thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedVertTA View Post
    This is a great thread, does anyone know how to get to the rear upper shock nuts for my convertible?
    Apparently us vert guys don't get any love. Well if you figured that out let me know... I ripped my carpet up looked inside where the top mechanism folds and haven't found anything. I'll look harder tomorrow maybe even take a picture.

    EDIT: Well I just switched the rear shocks. To any other convertible owners out there that were wondering where the hell the shocks mounts are they aren't in the back where the top folds down so don't bother looking there like I did. The acces for them are right behind where your back seat rests, so fold it down. Now that your seat is down look about 2 - 3 inches belower where your seatbelt housings are. You will feel a soft spot in the carpet and there will be some perferated slits in the carpet. If you don't want to cut your carpet, take the whole seatbelt assembly apart from under the carpet and then fold your carpet forward. I opted not to do so because it wouldn't have gained me any room since my sub box is at precisely the same height and folding the carpet forward would infact lose me room unless I took out the subbox which was more work then I was ready for. So I cut the slits open, dug around in there moved the foam and started taking the nuts off. If I remember I'll post a pic tomorrow.
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    I plan on doing a complete suspension overhaul, I haven't decided which shocks/struts Im going to go with yet but what else would I need other the control arms and spring seats?

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    Thanks! Where are those pics? ;-)

    Took too long, here's a pic:



    Quote Originally Posted by Bouvers View Post
    Apparently us vert guys don't get any love. Well if you figured that out let me know... I ripped my carpet up looked inside where the top mechanism folds and haven't found anything. I'll look harder tomorrow maybe even take a picture.

    EDIT: Well I just switched the rear shocks. To any other convertible owners out there that were wondering where the hell the shocks mounts are they aren't in the back where the top folds down so don't bother looking there like I did. The acces for them are right behind where your back seat rests, so fold it down. Now that your seat is down look about 2 - 3 inches belower where your seatbelt housings are. You will feel a soft spot in the carpet and there will be some perferated slits in the carpet. If you don't want to cut your carpet, take the whole seatbelt assembly apart from under the carpet and then fold your carpet forward. I opted not to do so because it wouldn't have gained me any room since my sub box is at precisely the same height and folding the carpet forward would infact lose me room unless I took out the subbox which was more work then I was ready for. So I cut the slits open, dug around in there moved the foam and started taking the nuts off. If I remember I'll post a pic tomorrow.
    Last edited by libertyforall1776; 10-01-2010 at 12:47 PM. Reason: Added pic
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