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hatch shocks

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by BlueBoxFJ60, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. BlueBoxFJ60

    BlueBoxFJ60

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    i have a new set of hatch shocks. How do i remove the old ones??
     
  2. Jan-78FJ40

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    Have someone hold the hatch all the way open, or put a stick in there.
    then you can take the old ones out with a 12mm wrench-you'll see the nut directly where the struts go into the metal of the hatch and rear of the truck.
    that's all there is to it.
    j
     
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    48" stick works good from bottom door hinge to rubber gasket on the top window.
     
  4. PAFJ

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    AFAIK once the strut is removed, the only way to seperate the strut from the ball stud is a bench grinder. Or just buy some new 5/16 studs and tap the holes. I did this recently...bought some new struts from Reid Supply, ended up just tapping the holes for new studs...the thread pitch is almost identical.
     
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    Simply pry the original strut off of the ball stud with a pry bar, screwdriver, whatever. Leave the ball stud attached to the hatch. A 2x4 can act as a lever point and protect the paint at the same time.
     
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    I though the toyota struts came with the balls and bolts attached, when you buy them new...
    j
     
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    I changed mine recently. I got the replacements from JT Outfitters. I know nobody likes them, but they were brand new, cheap, and they came with the balls and bolts attached.

    The problem I had was getting the old ones off. I put a wrench on the old nut, put just a little force on it, and the nut pretty much disintegreated. It was very soft. I just used a pair of small vice grips. It wasn't easy to get enough bite to get them off, but it wasn't bad either. I sure like to be able to open the hatch and load or unload the cargo area without giving myself a concussion.
     
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    Don't know what JTO' price was but you can get everything you need from Reid Tool for less than $50 for the pair.
     
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    I paid less than $70 for the pair delivered. Got 'em off Ebay. New OEM are over $100 per side.
     
  10. BlueBoxFJ60

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    I didn't buy them new they are coming off another 60 of mine.
     
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