Changing Shocks - Level of Difficulty/Special Tools

wolff at wolff at
Wed Nov 13 18:12:58 EST 2002

Or, get the tool and it's like a 15 minute job with no jacking required as
long as you start and end with Boge. If Bilsteins are involed then all bets
are off since the top cap is different.
"Nobody can forget the sound." - Michele Mouton

----- Original Message -----
From: <Djdawson2 at>
To: <jcorbs at>; <200q20v at>
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 3:38 PM
Subject: Re: Changing Shocks - Level of Difficulty/Special Tools

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> John,
> Changing front struts and rear shocks on the 200 is about as easy as any
> I've worked on.  The front can be done in less than a half hour, and the
> "special tool" really required is a large set of channel locks to loosen
> strut retaining cap.  The rear is a 4 bolt removal process... 3 on top,
> larger bottom mounting bolt.
> The only words of wisdom I'd offer...  jack the car up so you can get your
> channel locks on the strut cap (between the spring coils).  Don't take the
> cap all the way off yet.  Let the car down so the front wheels are on the
> ground, then remove the cap by hand.  Then undo the upper mount plate, and
> lift out the strut.  It is really very easy.  The rear is self
> once removed.
> HTH,
> Dave

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