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Old 04-03-2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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PAIN!!! Focus rear strut tops?? HELP!

Right we was in the middle of lowering the back end on my foci when a problem came along that we cannot get the nuts of the tops of the rear struts. Everything is turning at once. We tried gripping the struts with a pair of mole grips and then trying to turn the nut... Wont work? Any other idea to how we can get these nuts off??

Trying so hard not to round the nuts of or we will be screwed!


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Old 04-03-2009, 01:07 PM   #2
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um.... use an allen key on the top of the strut shaft like normal people?
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The top of the shocks threaded mounting stud has either a indented hex as pitch mentioned or two parallel flat sides machined into the top of the threaded stud. You put a small open end wrench, vise grips, etc. over this flat spots to keep the shock from spinning while removing the retaining nut.
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or two parallel flat sides machined into the top of the threaded stud.
You put a small open end wrench, vise grips, etc. over this flat spots to keep the shock from spinning
^^^IIRC, it's a 6mm open end wrench that'll fit on the flats.
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:03 PM   #5
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um.... use an allen key on the top of the strut shaft like normal people?
The centre bit doesn't have an allen key:



I wish it did have an allen key then it would be so much simpler and i would have done it ages ago... As you can see its ruined my strut brace trying to get the nut off with a spanner and the nut is slowly starting to round off
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that sux dude! if using a adjustable wrench or the 6mm open ended wrench doesnt work, i would try grabbing a impact gun or something with some real speed and torque and try gettin it that way, or worst case scenario cut the SOB and buy a new set of rear shocks... rears wont set you back too much maybe 180 at the most for a set, im sure ebay has some cheaper too. Good Luck!!!
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Any other idea to how we can get these nuts off??

Trying so hard not to round the nuts!
em, yea , lol^^^ good stuff.
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Shaz1990, unless I'm blind (I am getting old) I think I see flat sides on that stud (as described above) in the picture you provided.
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Yup there starting to round off! There not quite there yet, still abit of life left in them!
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My first concern is your "strut brace". Is that homemade or manufactured? That brace is putting all the force on the weakest part of the strut, the mounting stud, which I doubt is designed to withstand lateral forces. I had the stud on a H&R strut snap off because the camber kit was not seated correctly on the strut and it put the lateral forces on the stud instead of the strut.

You can read about that HERE if you want. (see Page 3)

I sure don't know anything about the 2000 Focus or if that is what they sell for a strut brace for that year but my recommendation would be to dump that strut brace which solves the issue with the mounting nut too.
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