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Old 04-10-2009, 04:21 PM   #1
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Is it absolutely necessary to use a 19mm 'offset' wrench for front suspension??

We all know the nut on the front strut is fairly recessed. I was all geared up to do the whole swap today and for the life of me, I can't find a 19mm offset wrench in this city! WTF?! Now it's 2:20pm, I don't have enough time in case I run into problems: what a waste of a day!!

Is there something else I can use? A regular 19mm wrench??

I thought of maybe using a 3/4 parkplug socket (almost exactly 19mm) because they have a hex-head, getting a longer allen key and then using a regular adjustable wrench on that socket. It's ghetto, but it might work. This can't be that complicated!!


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Try the spark wrench idea, you can't hurt anything. I've even bent "old" wrenches on occasion to make them fit in awkward locations. Just make sure that the top nut gets fully tightened.
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I thought of maybe using a 3/4 parkplug socket (almost exactly 19mm) because they have a hex-head, getting a longer allen key and then using a regular adjustable wrench on that socket.
That is exactly what I did and it worked fine. Just make sure it is a 6 point socket, I think spark plug sockets usually are 6 point.
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Excellent, thanks guys... I'm on a mission tomorrow
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I used a 19mm deep socket...
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^^ I did too. Didnt need to make my own tools for the swap, actually didnt have any difficulties with the front suspension at all.
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You mean the nut that is on top of the strut? Ah hell, that's an easy one. Just get a deep socket 19mm and your problem is solved. The thing about using a wrong sized tool on this is that you take the possibility of rounding off the nut making it even more difficult to get off the next time you need to remove your strut.
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Ok, so with the 19mm deep socket, how do you get the 6mm allen key in there?
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you loosen it with an impact (dont worry about the allen yet) and then use a long allen through the socket.

Usually once its busted loose you can get a regular or adjustable wrench in there and use the allen.
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But when you re-assemble it, you need to keep the allen key in there to keep the damper rod from spinning while you tighten the nut right?
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