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2006 Mustang GT 'vert...HELP! tips on removing rear shocks

Fellow 'stangers,

I finally purchased a set of Steeda Sport springs and Tokico D-Spec shocks. I'm in the middle of the first corner (rear driver's side), and after WRESTLING with the spring and gettin it out and replaced, I'm trying to get the shock out.

The problem is that I don't have enough clearence in the trunk area to put a deep well 15mm impact gun on the top bolt to loosen it. I've tried an air rachet, no dice.

I noticed that there is a hole above the rear shock mount, but I can't figure out how to access it, since the top and fabric covers it.

Does anyone have any tips?

Taking a break from swearing and watching TV. Thanks in advance for any responses.

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EPA Estimates say 17/25...so why am I getting only 13? Oh...wait...nevermind.
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Here are the R&R procedures.
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Thanks stlwagon for the info...

Actually, the issue was that I couldn't get an impact air wrench on the nut holding the top of the shock in the trunk area to spin it fast enough to get it off. I tried using a standard wrench, and even tried an air ratchet...no dice. I could've used a small 6mm wrench with a 15mm open wrench, but it would've taken forever...

BTW, in case anyone is interested in the future, I was able to solve the dilemma. I was able to fish an air impact wrench under the fabric cover of the area behind the rear seats with the vert top up, and was able to spin the shock retaining nut with a 15mm deep well socket and a 3-4 inch extender. I didn't think that I was able to fish the impact gun under the fabric, but there was a spot near the side of the interior. It was just kinda hard to find the access hole to the shock top.

That, and the Steeda Sport Spring combo with Tokico D-Spec shocks is an A+ combination. It's a little more predicatable than Eibach Pro's due to it's linear nature, and the adjustability of the shocks/struts is just ridiculous. I would highly suggest it.

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C&L CAI, BrenSpeed Tune, Pro5.0 Shifter, Steeda Sport Springs, Tokico D-Spec Struts/Shocks, Eibach Caster Camber Bolts
EPA Estimates say 17/25...so why am I getting only 13? Oh...wait...nevermind.
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Congrats on getting them on and adjusted. I really like mine.


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Thanks stlwagon for the info...

Actually, the issue was that I couldn't get an impact air wrench on the nut holding the top of the shock in the trunk area to spin it fast enough to get it off. I tried using a standard wrench, and even tried an air ratchet...no dice. I could've used a small 6mm wrench with a 15mm open wrench, but it would've taken forever...

BTW, in case anyone is interested in the future, I was able to solve the dilemma. I was able to fish an air impact wrench under the fabric cover of the area behind the rear seats with the vert top up, and was able to spin the shock retaining nut with a 15mm deep well socket and a 3-4 inch extender. I didn't think that I was able to fish the impact gun under the fabric, but there was a spot near the side of the interior. It was just kinda hard to find the access hole to the shock top.

That, and the Steeda Sport Spring combo with Tokico D-Spec shocks is an A+ combination. It's a little more predicatable than Eibach Pro's due to it's linear nature, and the adjustability of the shocks/struts is just ridiculous. I would highly suggest it.
What do you have your shocks set to? I'm at 3 turns back from firm.

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What do you have your shocks set to? I'm at 3 turns back from firm.
Right now, I have the fronts set to 4 from firm, and the rears set to 3.5 from firm. I like a little softer ride, with a hint of oversteer. It's always fun to feel the rear end come around faster than the nose. hehehehe.

Incidentally, I had a buddy come over and help me with the install, since he's done 3 S197 spring replacements (but no shocks/struts). I gave him a lift home, and we ended up stopping three times to set the Tokicos to different settings. Too much fun.

I will have to get the remote adjusters though...

'06 Clearcoat Black/Dark Charcoal Leather/Parchment Vinyl Top.
C&L CAI, BrenSpeed Tune, Pro5.0 Shifter, Steeda Sport Springs, Tokico D-Spec Struts/Shocks, Eibach Caster Camber Bolts
EPA Estimates say 17/25...so why am I getting only 13? Oh...wait...nevermind.
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