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1) Place the new strut insert inside the assembly.
2) Pour some coolant or oil in the assembly to provide a bath
for the insert. Helps dissipate heat.
3) Insert the new gland nut and tighten it down to the spec provided
by your new inserts. You also need to measure the distance between the gland
nut and the strut assembly (the exposed threads). If not within spec you will
need to use a spacer. FYI, my Tokico Illuminas did not need any spacers.
4) Slide new (or old if it's in good shape) bumpstop onto the
shaft of the insert. Notice I cut the top off the bumpstop, as I am using ST
5) Insert new spring insulator.
6) Position the spring into the assembly, making sure that it
is positioned correctly in the insulator.
7) Insert strut top and tighten down with new 19mm bolt provided
with the inserts. Make sure the strut top is aligned the proper way relative
to the strut assembly. Consult the BGB or Haynes. (The 'point' in the triangle
of the strut top should point toward the outside of the vehicle.)
8) Also, make sure the top of the strut insert is properly aligned
with the bottom of the strut top. I ended up having to wait till I installed
the assemblies in the car, before I was able to tighten the strut top bolt all
the way to spec. The insert kept turning, and I didn't want to grab the shaft
with a pair of pliers. That would have been a bad thing.
9) Here's the two assemblies ready to go back into the car.
10) Attach the one end of the end-link to the strut assembly,
lot easier than doing it with the strut assembly in the car.
11) Insert the strut assemblies back into the car, top first.
Hand-tighten the three 12mm bolts to hold the assembly in place.
12) Set the camber adjuster back to where you marked it, and then
wiggle the axle carrier back into the strut assembly.
13) Insert and tighten the 17mm bolts into the assembly and axle
carrier. Also attach the other end of the end links to the sway bar.
14) Use a jack to raise the axle carrier up, to compress the spring.
15) This will allow you to easily tighten the three 12mm strut
top bolts (red). Also, if you weren't able to align the strut insert ino the
bottom of the strut top, you can do that at this time. Tighten the 19mm bolt
(green) down to spec.
16) Mount wheel & lower vehicle.