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Air Intake Filter
Clutch Slave Cylinder
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Coolant Flush
Distributor O-Rings
Exhaust Manifold
Fuel Filter

Fuel Pump Cut-off Switch

Ignition Timing
Oil Cooler Hoses
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Oil Pan Gasket
Oxygen Sensor
Radiator Removal
Throttle Body Cleaning
TPS Adjustment
Water Pump


87+ Brake Upgrade
Caliper Rebuild-Front
Caliper Rebuild-Rear
Dust Shield Removal
Parking Brake Cable
SS Braided Brake Line


Ball Joint Replacement
Bushings Install - Front
Bushings Install - Rear
Steering Knuckle Removal
Struts/Springs - Front
Struts/Springs - Rear
Sway Bar End Links


87+ Antenna Replacement
Clear Turn Signals - Front
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Door Hinges
Interior Door Triangles
Interior Headliner Painting
Interior Trim & Light Lens
Power Window Regulator
Rekeying Trunk Lock
Rust PM - Battery Bracket

Rust PM - Front Wheel Wells
Seats - MK3
Seats - Aftermarket
Shift Boot
SideMarker Mod
Sunroof Rattle
Wiper Switch


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Rear Strut Replacement Page 1/2

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Tools needed:

  • Various sockets, wrenches, pliers & ratchet
  • Cheater bar for those stubborn nuts & bolts
  • Bench Vice
  • Monkey wrench or large channel locks
  • Dremel tool (maybe, see step 6)
  • Spring insulators x2
  • Bumpstops x2


Rear Removal

1) Remove the 3 screws holding the decklid side panel.


2) Loosen the 19mm strut bolt (green) and the three 12mm strut top bolts (red). Do not remove.


3) Raise and support the rear of the car on jack stands.

4) Remove the rear wheel.

5) Remove the clip holding the brake line to the strut bracket.


6) Push the line up and then bend the bracket to open up space to remove the brakeline from the bracket. You may need a dremel tool to cut a line into the bracket.


7) Remove the sway bar end link from the strut assembly. 14mm nut.


8) Mark the camber position on the axle carrier. Then remove the two 19mm bolts/nuts holding the strut assembly to the axle carrier.


9) Remove the three 12mm bolts (red) from the strut top.


10) May take some working of the strut assembly and axle carrier, but eventually you can wiggle the strut assembly loose and can remove it from the vehicle.


11) Remove the 19mm bolt holding the strut to the strut top. I did not need a spring compressor for the rear. However, to be safe, use one.


12) Remove the strut top, spring and bumpstop.

13) Place the strut assembly in a vice, and then using a pipe wrench or channel locks remove the gland nut. The insert should then pull right out. Be careful of some oil within the strut assembly.


14) Here's the parts contained within the strut assembly.


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