Removing Steering Damper - Help

Andrew Prince

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Feb 23, 2010
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I am in the early stages of installing my new suspension - so I figured that as I had a couple of hours free tonight I would make a gentle start and remove the old damper and install the new one. And spray more penetrating oil on the shock bolts :twisted:

So I remove the nut on the O/S end of the damper where it attaches to the tie-rod. But the bolt through the tie-rod bracket is not budging - even a couple of well-aimed taps with a hammer just made noise and did nothing useful. A glance through the FSM (pg SR-72) suggests that a SST is needed to split the damper bolt from the tie-rod bracket. The SST in question looks a lot like a bearing puller. :idea:

So 2 questions:
1. Is there an easy knack to getting the O/S end of the damper off that I'm missing?
2. Will a bearing puller do the job of the SST in this case?
I'm a bit frustrated to be stuck on the simplest part of the suspension swap :oops:

But my day won't be ruined, I got my MOT today with only the holed exhaust as an advisory :mrgreen:
 

Brett

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Mar 10, 2010
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The easy way of doing it is to use a ball joint splitter (not the pickle fork type) wind the tension up on the splitter then whack the mount with hammer & usually they pop out straight away. ;)
 
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Andrew Prince

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Feb 23, 2010
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Ok, got the ball joint split and removed the damper from the "damper bracket" (bolted to chassis cross member), so success :D

Now for more dumb questions...
1. How tight do I need to tighten the nuts on the damper, bearing in mind that the damper has a rubber/PU bush which gets squashed the tighter the nut goes? Should I do it up pretty tight and compress the damper bushes? A little? A lot?
2. Presumably it doesn't matter which way round I mount the damper? I.e. thick end doesn't HAVE to be attached to the tie rod bracket, thin end to chassis or vice versa?

Thanks in advance for any advice :mrgreen:

Cheers,
 
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