I'm at the stage of taking apart the front struts as well and could do with some help / advice
haynes manual says take the struts to a dealer - they have the "special" tools - Ok probably 20 odd years ago, but not to many dealers have even heard of a "sud"
So Rcollie can you please tell me (with pics if poss) how the hell I can get the shocks out of the strut
Also I have had a go (tonight before reading this) and was just about to ask someone how you take the strut bearing apart, I tried to lever between the "Shims" but only got roller bearings falling out
Looking at the pics I should lever between the "shims" and the rubber seal then the "shims" will come out and I can see what damage I've done to the bearings - Is this what I need to do?
Hope you post soon as I want to get all of the suspension off to the powder coaters next week
Strut insert first. If you look at the last pic in post no5 it shows all the strut parts after dis-assembly.
First remove the nut at the bottom, angle grinder ideal for this if it's like mine and untouched for 28 years.
This allows the first washer to come of and expose the (rusty) circlip that holds in the second washer. After applying plenty of heat with a blow torch I nearly got it out in one piece. Once it is off the second washer can be removed.
The rubber bump stop should come out then and the shock should slide out the bottom. I had to give it some persuasion because the inside of the bottom of the strut was corroded and made it a bit tight.
As for the bearing mine was dead easy once I saw BigAl's pics because I did actually have mine apart 20 years ago to free them of and they are still well greased and not seized.
BigAl's picture shows the components, the out shell, bearing, shim and the ring/seal that holds it all together. It's the ring you need to get out first, I put a screw driver between the ring and the shim and twisted. After thats out the shim will come out and then the bearing - unless it's all seized!
Bets of luck.