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7.20 - Front Suspension Replacement ( )

With the suspension jacked up remove the top nut. (see below) then lower the suspension and the weight of the lower suspension and spring pressure will pull the shock down. The shock tends to extend itself as you lower the suspension so you will need to reach under the mudguard and compress it a little by hand to get the top stud clear. It may be worth replacing the lower shock mount (metalastik bush) but it is difficult to remove and replace in situ without a proper tool.

The official Jaguar Tool is a long and strong bolt with the appropriate adapters to allow winding out the old bush and winding in the new.

An extended socket might help but the problem is that, once you have loosened the nut the first half turn or so, the body of the shock turns as you turn the nut due to the nut being a 'Nyloc'. Thus there are flats on the top of the stud that take a spanner to stop this turning. This means that you need an open ended on the nut to hold it while you turn the top of the stud - or vice versa.


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