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Any ideas? The rod just keeps spinning and the nut won't budge after the initial couple turns. Now it won't go either direction. help!!!!!
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Spray some penetrating oil on it and let it sit for a while and then use an impact gun. It should have the torque to spin it off without spinning the rod.
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Strut Tamer, wrench and an impact driver FTW

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You have to get it with an impact
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If you are not going to reuse the shock you may want to try this. If you have room between the spring coils reach in with a 10" or 12" vices grip pillar and clamp the shock rod so it can't spin. As was mentioned, an air wrench or very strong arms will get it off. I have done this and it works. Good luck.
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doesn't it have a non threaded part at the tip that you can grab with a wrench or vice grip while turning the nut?
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I guess the pic I posted isnt large enough...

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Thanks for the replies fellas. We battled that thing for two hours yesterday and never got it off.

We were using an impact and it still wouldnt spin it off, even after clamping on the rod with locking pliers and using WD 40 to help loosen it up.

Ended up throwing in the towel for the day. I think were going to go back with a torch and just cut the damn rod and be done with it. We would have done that yesterday but didnt have the torch. Damaging the shock really isnt an issue since I have the bilsteins Im replacing the stock ones with.

This set back sucks even more because my wheels and tires just showed up today. Plan was to level it yesterday and then throw the new shoes on today, drive it for a week or so, let everything settle, align it, batta bing batta boom.



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If it's any consolation I had mine done at a big shop and they ended up giving up and calling me for permission to cut the strut. I was like "hell yeah, I won't be using it again."
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