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The rack has flats on both sides, it is not totally clindrical. You can put a wrench on it. I would then use another wrench on the tierod end and try that way. I should come loose. True there is a locking collar, if the two wrenches don't work you could use a punch or air chisel, I guess.
Thanks Trackrash, killer info. A big help. I have been avoiding it. Air chisel was the tool I was trying to describe. Funny how I've looked at the piston dozens of times, up close, and not noticed the flat spot. I gotta run down there right now and look at it.
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Shoot! Got my hopes up. no flat spots, completely round. The ring that holds the spring clamp spins freely, but the washer is frozen and the end piece will not budge using my giant channel locks.

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Maybe heat, but air punch for sure. Bob will lend me his. I tried a punch and hammer on the indent. Fail. I don't think that part has been touched since the car left the factory. I bet there is a specialized tool for that lock washer. Same for the tie rods. There is no record of them ever having been replaced. End clamps, not end nuts. They go in the original parts bin for next owner.
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from 1984. Bro-in-law sent it. Brief history of Porsche body styles from '48 to '84. Glove box candy.








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Shoot! Got my hopes up. no flat spots, completely round. The ring that holds the spring clamp spins freely, but the washer is frozen and the end piece will not budge using my giant channel locks.

Round? Wow, so before '70 they were round? The book does not mention anything like that in the updates.
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Before I go to the trouble of driving to Storz to get the air chisel, I'll spray the dickens out of it and then try a hammer and punch again, against the indent on the washer. All I have to do is loosen the washer enough to take the tension off the threads of the end piece.

If I think about the physics, the washer is tightened against the end of the piston. I should move it away from the end by turning it counter-clockwise, toward the end piece, right? Right. S'OK? S'OK!
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Yea! it's finished, or should I say, that's all I'm doing to it, top and bottom. Mark one off the list.

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struts

I was cleaning them up with an electric wire brush, not really paying attention to the position of the strut, when I turned it right side up massive amounts of hydraulic fluid came out.

What does that mean? Bad seals? Or, you're never supposed to turn them upside down?

I notice the screw cap, under the boot, at the top of the strut body. Looks menacing. I can tell some big channel locks have been on those suckers with force.



Wondering if replacements are in order?
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They're dead and leak. Must buy new ones.
Black = Boge
But you can get Bilstein Inserts for the boge strut too.
Not Koni.
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They're dead and leak. Must buy new ones.
Black = Boge
But you can get Bilstein Inserts for the boge strut too.
Not Koni.
Thanks guys, I read up on it. Any recommendation on the replacements?

Why are the Ohlins $2000 each?

I'm guessing no KYB's. Why are they so cheap?

What about the Sachs? They get 4 stars almost half the cost of Bilsteins. Do I get Bilsteins to match the rears? On the Bilsteins, does the green top part replace the top black part that is on the strut now?

That's my initial inclination. It's going to look like a Christmas tree under there, red sway bar, green shocks, silver lines.

Bilsteins for look, performance and cool factor? Or boring plain Jane Sachs?
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I guess your car, or let's say your result aproach of this overhaul would do ok with Sachs*.
(fun car, no track or heavy DEs)

KYB really is cheap *****.

If you want to go classy then opt for premium and choose the green Bilstein (regular. others 'd be probably too stiff for you).
Yes you get green Bilstein for the rear as well (Sachs probably too)
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Whoops, the rears are yellow. Yellow rear, green front, too much bling. The Sachs will do fine.



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I got the inserts apart, but there is still the nut on top. I guess I'll have to put the top of the strut back on the car to anchor it.



Are those rubber boot dust covers hard to find? I cannot find them in the host's catalogue. one is in OK shape the other torn off the top.
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just put it in a vice and get that nur off.
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just put it in a vice and get that nur off.
Tried it, my vice is not big enough. I can take them to Storz. They'll have a vice big enough.
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strut bodies

Got 'em prepped and painted with NAPA frame paint. The re-construction is commencing. I'm on the fence about powder coating them. It would match everything else, but is it really worth it?

Two things to do next, the end pieces of the steering rack and the end nuts of the strut inserts.

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Whoops, the rears are yellow. Yellow rear, green front, too much bling. The Sachs will do fine.

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You have Bilstein in the rear. I would stick with them up front as well for consistent ride quality. Just ensure you have HD or sport and get the same for the front. You will never see the ones in the front anyway.

KYB is crap
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You can also cut the top nut on the shock to help get it off.
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Got 'em prepped and painted

in case you choose Bilstein inserts, you could (re-)paint em in green so you know what's inside

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You have Bilstein in the rear. I would stick with them up front as well for consistent ride quality. Just ensure you have HD or sport and get the same for the front. You will never see the ones in the front anyway.

KYB is crap
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