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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-11-2011, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Changing Suspension Right Now

Putting FE5 suspension on my balt right now - before I finish, anyone know the torque settings for the strut tower and maybe the control arms and other bolts i need to take off? I want to say it was like 60 lbs for the strut tower...

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theres a thread with tons of torque info for various parts...let me see if I know where it is

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Thanks a lot, I appreciate it! I'm kind of stuck though - the two bolts that bolt on the bottom of the strut tower - I can't seem to get them loose. I'm using an 18mm socket but it seems too small.... 19 is too big.

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This says to use 18mm, but it's on there really damn tight...
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Ok I fixed that problem.

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If youre just changing the struts and therefore have to compress the springs and such, I recommend breaking the top bolt loose while its still on the car. I had such a hard time with it off the car and finally got an impact wrench and loosened it before taking off.

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many others managed to work with it off the car, I just wasnt so lucky I guess.

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I'm changing the strut in the method i posted above. Having trouble with the torx bolt though.... I've done it before, just can't seem to do it this time.

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when i did mine, the large nut on top is what i took off first, while the car was still on the ground, then strut to knuckle bolts w/ jack under, then the three tower nuts...
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All I need to take off is the torx bolt - the large nut on top. Car is up, but I don't see why that matters in this case. if it does, i can jack up the strut anyways. I got the passenger side off, just can't get passed the driver side...

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I've given that damn bolt everything I have for about 40 minutes now. It's not coming off.

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if your torx driver will fit inside the socket you can wrap the socket well with duct tape to cause friction, hold it with vise grips and turn the torx with an extension through the socket. did it on my ex's car and it worked like a charm.
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I have a torx driver but it's on like a pocket knife set up... no extension... idk if i can turn the strut. the duct tape goes outside the socket, and the vice grip holds the socket still?

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yes, but dont know if youll make it with that style torx. i assumed it was a socket type driver.
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