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Well, for the top nuts make sure you use lock pliers to hold the center part so that it doesn't rotate while your turning the nut (with a 13mm closed end wrench).
And what exactly do you mean by shock covers?
As for the lower bolts, make sure you are using the correct size socket, and PB blaster is your friend if its not turning. Also sounds like you'll need to pick up new nuts and bolts for the bottom if you've already stripped them. Hope it works out for you.
 

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they cover the silver part of the shock. I was gonna get some channel locks in there and grip em tight. but I can't get the covers off. anyways, I used PB blaster, heated them up till they were cherry red and still wouldn't budge. I may have to take it to a shop!
 

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You do realize that the top part of the shock is accessed from inside the car, right? That was the easiest part of the shock install on my car.
 

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Yes, but every time I try to unscrew it, the silver part turns, so I have to grab it w/ the channel locks to stop it from turning, then I cant get the nut head inside of the car to turn!!! I know how it has to be done, but it is all rusted over and cant budge anything!!
 

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try putting a little pressure on the lower control arm with a jack to see if that helps get the bolt out. i used an air gun to get mine out. it's been a while but i didnt have to deal with much rust.

Patience, get a friend to help. GL
 

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break that thing off, you should get a new nut witht he shock and if not just take the shock to an autoparts store and ask them to get you a nut.
 

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MLB is this the same bolt that we broke that socket on? haha If so I feel fairly confident in saying that the bolt isnt coming off with standard wrenches. A hacksaw may work pretty good for this or a pair of bolt cutters, if you can get enough access to the bolt.

I would stay away from using a torch to cut it out, as you can mess the paint up with that metal your blowing away, not to mention the brake lines and gas tank make the job a little bit risky.
 

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When i changed mine i didn't have any problem with the bottom bolt but i f-ed up the top one so i laid in the trunk and had my wife pull the shock out the side of the car and that put enough pressure on it so i could unscrew the nut off the top of the shock.
 

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He probably already [:)][:)][:)][:)][:)][:)] the rubber bushing when he heated the bolt...
You might as well order a new control are while your at it now, save you from replacing it later when the bushing blows out...
 

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Ya cody, its the one we were tryin to mess w/. and I already have polyeurothane bushings for EVERYTHING in the rear, so i don't care about melting the rubber. I might just go in there w/ a saw, but its really really tight!!
 

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just get a cut off wheel and a dremel or any similar thing, and just cut it or grind off and ur set to go without burning any bushing or anything else
 
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