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Old 02-27-2009, 09:18 PM   #1
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A poor man solution to mounting rear shocks!!..

okay well i have seen before that some of us have a rattle issue with the rear shocks, and a solution once offered by WD40 on here talked of buying or using sway bar link bushings and the retaining washers, so i figured out a simple solution for a retaining washer that can fit snugly to the shoulder, or welded area. This is just someting i came up with one day when i was bored....... the whole reason for writing this up was so ppl dont have to waste time drilling out and measuring other washers to fit properly



this is a picture of the stock retaining cap for the rear shocks, but as we all know if oyu over tighten the shock nut you will get some rattling.


in this picture i just used a flat head screwdriver to separate the bushing and washers from the plastic cap.


the cap and washer/bushing assy. is now seperate.


seperateing the bushing is as easy as using your finger nails or a screw driver if needed.






the washer that i am taking out is what i was refering to this whole time as the part that fits nicely around the shaft of the shock.


this shock has what i guess is refered to as a "mechanical shoulder" its a small ring that has a cut in it so it can fit aorund the shaft of the shock and stop the retainign washer from continueing down the shaft.



so now with this lower retaining washer you dont have to buy different size washers or waste time trying to drill one out, it just makes things nice and simple...

Dont know how useful this is but i figured it may help someone.


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Old 02-27-2009, 09:35 PM   #2
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ooo, this is gonna be fun
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:45 AM   #3
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number81. I am not following what your doing. Can you add some notes to the pics plz with parts description.
Thanks!!
Add. And what are you doing 'up top' to complete the mod.
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:11 AM   #4
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nice job dan ill have to give this a shot next time i pull my rear suspension apart
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umm. there is a simple fix for this

the metal washer that is on the upper portion inside the car that touches the nut..

flip it upside down. free and takes less than an hour.
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yea, but that one wont fit over all shocks, and this process takes about 45 seconds if not less, and its free too!
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what?

why won't flipping the metal washer upside down work?

they all came with them from the factory..
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the reason is bc the top washer only fits over the threaded area, uneless you have a shock with the "shelf", my shocks that i used int he picture dont have that "shelf" they only have a mechanical stop, which is a ring that has a cut in it so it can fit around the shaft in a grove.
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Thanks for adding notes to your pics. Now I understand them better. But I thought the rattling issue was more due to the top washer/rubber retainer assembly deforming when torquing. The retaining cap is no more than a shield for the soft bushing. So I guess I am not seeing the whole picture here.
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you are correct.

I'm still trying to figure out what the OP is trying to solve when flipping the metal washer on top of the rubber mount is a common know fix for the "chuckle" noise
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