Notices
964 Forum
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Replacing your front hood shocks in 15 minutes (each)

 
Old 04-23-2009, 06:06 PM
  #16  
dcbailey
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
dcbailey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Argyle, TX
Posts: 232
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Did mine two weeks ago, relying on Marc's procedure. Took me 30 mins, but hey, I'm slow.

Thanks, too.
dcbailey is offline  
Old 04-24-2009, 05:48 AM
  #17  
Marc Shaw
Super Duper Moderator
Lifetime Rennlist
Member
Thread Starter
 
Marc Shaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: YQU
Posts: 7,774
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

You're both welcome - glad it helped.

Marc
Marc Shaw is offline  
Old 04-25-2009, 03:32 AM
  #18  
pete000
User
 
pete000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Rancho Palos Verdes CA
Posts: 1,569
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Helped me out a bunch ! Thanks !
pete000 is offline  
Old 04-27-2009, 12:08 AM
  #19  
Jon Hansen
User
 
Jon Hansen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Grand Rapids Michigan
Posts: 91
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

I use another handy trick when replacing hood and deck lid shocks. I first thread and secure a piece of mig welding wire through the large hoop ends of the removable clips.
That way, when, not if, when you drop the clip down into the deepest depths of Mordor, you can easily retrieve it. The wire can also be used to position the clip when reinstalling the new shock.
The wire can be used to pull the clip off the pin once you pry up the locking tab.
Try it. You will like it.
Jon Hansen is offline  
Old 04-27-2009, 05:56 PM
  #20  
Twood
User
 
Twood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Brisbane Australia
Posts: 497
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Joined the thread so I can find it at a latter time
Twood is offline  
Old 04-27-2009, 07:11 PM
  #21  
Bob Rouleau
Administrator
Still plays with cars.
Lifetime Rennlist
Member
 
Bob Rouleau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Montreal
Posts: 14,624
Received 4 Likes on 3 Posts
Default

Marc great write-up. I copied the thread to DIY 964. Hope you don't mind.
Bob Rouleau is offline  
Old 04-27-2009, 08:26 PM
  #22  
Twood
User
 
Twood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Brisbane Australia
Posts: 497
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Bob Rouleau View Post
Marc great write-up. I copied the thread to DIY 964. Hope you don't mind.

Is the DIY thread on Rennlist or is there a link to it?
Twood is offline  
Old 04-28-2009, 12:27 AM
  #23  
Marc Shaw
Super Duper Moderator
Lifetime Rennlist
Member
Thread Starter
 
Marc Shaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: YQU
Posts: 7,774
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Bob Rouleau View Post
Marc great write-up. I copied the thread to DIY 964. Hope you don't mind.
Thanks Bob but it was already there (from when I wrote it in 2005).

Marc
Marc Shaw is offline  
Old 04-28-2009, 12:28 AM
  #24  
Marc Shaw
Super Duper Moderator
Lifetime Rennlist
Member
Thread Starter
 
Marc Shaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: YQU
Posts: 7,774
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Twood View Post
Is the DIY thread on Rennlist or is there a link to it?
It is here.

Marc
Marc Shaw is offline  
Old 04-28-2009, 05:20 AM
  #25  
Twood
User
 
Twood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Brisbane Australia
Posts: 497
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Marc Shaw View Post
It is here.

Marc
Well, there is always something new to find at Rennlist. I had never been to that forum before.
Thanks Marc
Twood is offline  
Old 04-26-2011, 09:29 PM
  #26  
SNOWBIRD
User
 
SNOWBIRD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: South Jersey & Stuart, Fl
Posts: 509
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Once again, THANKS Marc & the Rennlist forum. Just completed this little project which I was about to abandon before coming here.. Done in 45 minutes or so. Wiped my sweat off the fenders and apologized to the car for calling her all those silly names LOL. BTW, I used the 'Strongarm' brand and it allows you to put the snap lock ring on the cylinder side of the ball mount, so I didn't need to use the wire, could push it down with the same flat screwdiver I popped the old ones off with. Pretty easy doing it even without being able to see it
SNOWBIRD is offline  
Old 12-24-2011, 07:44 PM
  #27  
92_964
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
92_964's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Katy, TX
Posts: 29
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Thanks for the good write-up, Marc . The key to this being only a 15-minute job is the long-shafted screwdriver. After I located a 1/8" flat blade with a 10" shaft/handle, the first shock (driver's side) then took about 10 minutes and the second shock only 8 minutes. Monofilament on the clips and anchored to the wipers was a good precaution, too.
92_964 is offline  
Old 12-25-2011, 03:50 PM
  #28  
crg53
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
crg53's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Vancouver Island, BC , Canada
Posts: 2,364
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Very timely resurection of this thread, I am doing this in the next week or so, ( as soon as the shocks get here) and thanks to Marc for the great DIY.

Merry Christmas & best wishes to all in the New Year.


Last edited by crg53; 12-25-2011 at 05:20 PM.
crg53 is offline  
Old 12-25-2011, 04:09 PM
  #29  
Vandit
Super User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: DFW, TX
Posts: 5,458
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Same here, colder weather = shocks start getting weak, so i've already been hit by the hood at least once.
Vandit is offline  
Old 01-01-2012, 02:00 PM
  #30  
Vandit
Super User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: DFW, TX
Posts: 5,458
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Alright, I just walked in from the garage where I successfully installed my new hood shocks. It took me way longer than 15 mins tho. My hood now flies up w/ comparable ferocity to when it would previously fly down onto my head.

Some things to note.

I think my flat screwdriver was not big enough to successfully pry the lower socket off the car. I ended up using a big flat metal file, covered in tape to prevent abrasion. I would stick it between the car and socket and then use a plier at the top to twist the file and that popped them off.

Another thing to note, and very key. I used the same Weltmeister Hood Lift Shock from AutoMotion.com that Marc used, Part # P902834, $29.99/each, however, the construction of the socket end of the shock differed from what is pictured in Marc's original post and differed from the old shocks I removed from the car.

The socked end is noticeably bigger and more squared off. On the pass. side (right) I did not notice the socket size difference create any installation complications. I didn't even note the difference at all. On the driver's side (left) however, I kept trying to pop the socket in and it would not entirely pop in, which meant the metal clip would never budge w/ the wire hanger method (great technique!). I kept messing with it, thinking I was doing it wrong till I realized it was the same side (side facing the firewall) that wouldn't go into the socket properly. That's when I realized the size difference was causing the socket to bottom out against the car before it was fully inserted. A little grinding with the Dremel to remove extra material and bam, it all worked out perfectly.

So yea, just note the size of the socket end when you get your replacement shocks.
Vandit is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Replacing your front hood shocks in 15 minutes (each)


Contact Us - About Us - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: