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Old 06-25-2021, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default 740: rear shock upper mount issue

Replacing rear shocks in '86 740 turbo.

Upper and lower bolts came out easily with air,and I freed the lower shock mount on both sides.

The problem is with the upper shock mount: both are stuck and will not free up to allow removal.

I assume the side walls were compressed too hard during prior installation, not allowing room for the shock to free itself.

Any suggestions?

I assume I need to spread out the side metal somehow to permit clearance, but I can't figure out how to do it.

If I remove the rear seat will I have access from inside the car to the upper shock mount, and if so what is the best way to attack the problem?
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Old 06-25-2021, 08:58 PM   #2
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Got it out, but now can't get the top one to go in.

Been using a grinder to take metal off the edge but this makes me nervous; I see no other way to do it.

Is there one?

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Old 06-26-2021, 07:24 PM   #3
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Old 06-26-2021, 08:34 PM   #4
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Nah, they're in now.

I just ground down the sheath that covers the bolts til they just fit.

Tedious: grind, check, grind, check...

I gotta think this is a common problem caused by too thin of steel used: poor design.
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