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how to adjust rear struts


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#1 WoodsWagon

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 02:39 PM

While I was stripping my 1986 GL 3-door (EA82), I noticed that the spring landings for the rear springs were height adjustable. I vice gripped the spring up and hammered on the landing and used penetrating oil to get it to move upward, but nothing happened. Am I missing something? Is there a specific tool to adjust them?

#2 GeneralDisorder

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 03:00 PM

You have to remove the strut to adjust it. There's no tool. I adjusted mine with my bare hands when I installed them in my wagon.

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#3 Qman

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 03:22 PM

You are supposed to use a compressor to get the higher settings. If you were able to move them and they didn't hold they may have expanded. The only fix I know of for that is to use hose clamps to hold the adjustment sleeve in place.

#4 WoodsWagon

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 06:07 PM

Thanks. It seems like they should have had a better design, so you could adjust the settings in a parking lot.

#5 GeneralDisorder

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 06:10 PM

That's what air suspension is for.

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 11:06 PM

You have to remove the strut to adjust it. There's no tool. I adjusted mine with my bare hands when I installed them in my wagon.

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I heard that, GD. I used to carry a knife...till I learned I could kill a man with my bare hands;)

#7 GeneralDisorder

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 11:36 PM

I actually took the struts completely apart now that I am thinking about it - that relieved the pressure of course. I didn't use a spring compressor to take them apart or put them together. I am not sure, but I may have had a friend press down on the cap while I started the nut. At any rate, I set them to the lowest setting possible, so you may actually need a compressor if you want to use the highest setting..... I wanted them spongy, and they went into my lifted EA81 wagon, so stiff was bad for my application.

As for killing people - I prefer an aluminium bat - makes such a nice sound when it connects with skull....

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