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Old 10-10-2006, 02:18 PM   #1
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Default How hard is it to replace the front struts on an ix?

Im getting some ridiculous quotes on replacing the front strut inserts so im wondering how hard it would be to do myself. What kinda time would you estimate this would require? What special tools would i need?
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Old 10-10-2006, 02:23 PM   #2
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I just did my front springs/struts, regreased & rebooted the half-shafts and did the front wheel bearings and brakes (pads & rotors). I've never done anything like that ever before, only more routine maintenance like brake jobs, fluid changes, etc. I am fortunate enough to have friends with enough know-how & tools to point me in the right direction and assist from time to time. But for me it was challenging and time consuming. If you are more mechanically experienced it would be easier.


Here are some DIYs which should help:

http://home.earthlink.net/~wardellhi...Front%20Shock1

http://home.earthlink.net/~wardellhi...Front%20Shock2

http://home.earthlink.net/~wardellhi...ontrol%20Arms1


good luck!


btw what kind of quotes were you getting, so I know how much I saved in labor costs?
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Old 10-10-2006, 09:08 PM   #3
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Thankyou thats exactly what i needed.

One place quoted me about $850 parts and labor. About how long did the job take you?
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Old 10-11-2006, 09:06 AM   #4
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tough for me to say for just the front strut inserts as I also did:

front springs
front wheel bearings
rebooted & regreased half-shafts
front rotors
front pads

rear shocks
rear springs
rear rotors
rear pads

front & rear diff gear oil changes
transmission & transfer case fluid changes


So it took me a while, especially with my lack of mechanic skills (although this project improved them greatly)
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Old 10-11-2006, 12:31 PM   #5
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Here is a writeup I did with pics back on 3/2004:

Pelican - iX strut replacement Part 1

Pelican - IX strut replacement Part 2


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Old 11-08-2006, 08:44 PM   #6
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It took me about 3 hours a side, getting the strut tube nut off was the worst for me. Heat it up, let it cool, heat some more and use some huge channel locks. Good luck.
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Old 11-14-2006, 03:37 AM   #7
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Its not that hard.
If the ball joints come apart with out any major problems, you'll be fine. Get a hub puller.

Don't use heat on the gland nut!
Soak it in some PB Blaster and put the whole assembly in a vice. Then get it with a big ass pipe wrench and as much leverage as you can.

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