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    Question front strut bolt

    Do you need some special tool to take the top strut nut off? I tried a 21mm offset spanner but the neck of the spanner seems to hit the top strut plate.

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    yep, special tool needed so you can turn the nut while holding the centre shaft still with an insert bit...

    Proper damper tool set required normally.

    Remember never to undo the top nut without having the springs firmly held in the spring compressors..very very dangerous otherwise..

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    Thanks, wheres the best place to get one from?

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    Snapon or other tool agent...have you tried EBAY for a search..

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    Ok, i'll have a look around

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    beat me too it! ^^^ lol, as said, make sure springs are secure!!

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    Not ideal but if you have an old spanner you can grind the back of the ring so that it fits in.

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    I had thought about doing that but I would have a problem getting the new nut torqued back up. I've had a look around but still unable to find a tool todo the job. Someone mentioned a slotted socket, so Im going to have a look to see if I can find one, im pretty sure its 21mm or 13/16th.

    If anyone wants to share where they have got there tool from I would be most gratefull.

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    Well I have ordered a set of Vortex sockets from Amazon, only cost £33 and has 13 sockets, one of which is a 21mm. Im not quite sure how to torque it back up to 20nm though, the Vortex set has an adapter to turn the socket into a 1/4" or 3/8" drive, but how do you hold the center spindle when a normal torque wrench is on it.

    What i need is one of these but a 21mm http://www.s2-audi.co.uk/tech_articl...do_top_nut.jpg

    Maybe VX sell a tool for doing these. Anyway cant wait to get the Bilsteins on

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    I know it's not quite correct but don't worry about torquing the nut up,if you can do a wheel bolt up tight the nut will be ok.

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