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Old 03-23-2008, 02:55 AM
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Question Must I disconnect SLS to remove R. springs?

Hi, all,
Do I need to disconnect/remove the SLS stuff to remove and replace the rear springs on my 1979 300TD? My mechanic friend says yes, and is planning to charge me for extra hours to do it; after reading my Haynes manual, and looking at it myself long and hard, I must say it looks to me as though the spring will lower from around the SLS shock, without having to disconnect it. What do you think? Thanks, Dave
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Old 03-23-2008, 07:16 AM
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Yes, it must be disconnected.
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Old 03-23-2008, 12:08 PM
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The line is attached at the top, and the shock itself is bolted in from underneath the trailing arm. It's gotta come out.

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Old 03-24-2008, 01:17 AM
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Can't the shock be unbolted at the bottom, and the trailing arm lowered, and the spring removed, while leaving the shock still connected at the top? Thereby saving the hassle and expense of fluid draining, re loading, et al?
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Old 03-24-2008, 01:47 AM
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Not enough room to remove the spring with the strut installed, it has to be removed.
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Old 03-24-2008, 03:44 AM
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Thanks for the info.
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