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HELP - Broken Strut Mount on 83 GL


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#1 TIMINTEXAS

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Posted 15 September 2003 - 11:34 PM

The top mount broke so I need a new mount and advice on how to get the piece that is still attached to the top of the strut off. I have the assy off the car and I can't see the strut in order to keep it from rotating when I turn the top nut. :banghead:

#2 ShawnW

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 12:23 AM

Man that stinks, sounds like no fun.
Did you try spinning it off FAST with an impact wrench?

I can probably get you the cap, which side do you need? Ive got an 84 4wd parts car out front. Yes out front, yes my neighbors dont like it. No I don't really care. :D

Im in a classy mood today!

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 12:25 AM

Yeah - neighbors suck anyway - put two or three more out there - it's not like they can do anything about it.

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 01:18 AM

Tim,

Your car is front drive, isn't it? The parts in question may be different from 4WD..might want to make sure.

#5 VaporTrail

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 03:15 AM

do you have spring compressors on? if not, don't go any further, or you could get injured.

get some spring compressors (mcPherson type) and put them on. once the pressure is off then use a pry bar to hold the remaining mount bolt down while loosening the nut.

the last set of mounts I replaced, the tiny bearings were ground down to mush...... so if you get a used one, make sure the bearings are okay....
(the new ones I put on had teeny tiny little roller bearings between two big washers basically)

#6 MilesFox

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 10:03 AM

the 2wd and 4wd use the same strut cap, but its oriented one way or the other depending on 2wd or 4wd

#7 GeneralDisorder

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 05:04 PM

Yes - do nothing without the spring compressors. The springs are REALLY strong, and will hurt you a LOT if they get released that way. They get about 50% longer when not under load.....

And Miles is correct about the strut caps - there's writing on them that tells you which way to put them in based on which car you have, what drivetrain you have, and if it's power steering or not.....

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#8 TIMINTEXAS

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 09:56 PM

Got it. Get compressors for the spring (McPherson type) and work on it. Shawn, I need the passenger side top mount and it does appear from the specs that it matters not if it's 2W or 4W (Dave is right, I have a 2WD).

One more question. Should I seek a rebuilt disc brake caliper from an auto supply or get it from the board? I have not called an auto supply yet, but was wondering if I can even get a rebuilt for an 83 GL from them. I would love to give board members my business, but shipping costs come into play and they are not the lightest things you know. Hmmmmm, should I replace them as a pair?

Being in Subaru wilderness (Texas is not crawling with Sub's) is not cool.

Tim

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 10:06 PM

well my neighbors don't like cars sitting on the side of my house on jackstands with no wheels. Stupid $%^$$ called the city and some dude came out and told me I had to move it or else I would get a fine and one less vehicle:temper:

#10 TIMINTEXAS

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 10:55 PM

Got it. Get compressors for the spring (McPherson type) and work on it.

Shawn, I need the passenger side top mount and it does appear from the specs that it matters not if it's 2W or 4W (Dave is right, I have a 2WD).

One more question. Should I seek a rebuilt disc brake caliper from an auto supply or get it from the board? I have not called an auto supply yet, but was wondering if I can even get a rebuilt for an 83 GL from them. I would love to give board members my business, but shipping costs come into play and they are not the lightest things you know. Hmmmmm, should I replace them as a pair?

Being in Subaru wilderness (Texas is not crawling with Sub's) is not cool.

Tim

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 11:24 PM

Maybe todd has something.. I will dig out his email.. He's in the DFW area and he plays with old soobs. Steve and I are not too far away from you either.. Me being in Mckinney and Him being in Denton. We both have EA82 TurboWagons. Maybe we should all get together sometime. Steve knows awhere the yards are in Dallas that have all the old soob stuff

#12 TIMINTEXAS

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 11:30 PM

That's great! I think it is Steve that sent me a PM when I first registered. Send me email when you hear something (and I really appreciate it!).

You guys being in the DFW area is good to know!

Tim

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 11:33 PM

I was just about to forward your eamil addy to Todd in hopes that he could help you out, but your addy isn't listed in your profile.. either post it or PM me or something and I will pass it on

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 11:42 PM

Caleb - you have a PM from me with my email address. I thought I had it marked public. PAUSE........I just went to my profile and it have "no" selected for hiding my email so I don't know what the deal is.

Tim




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