REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2 and 3
- Raise and safely support the vehicle, then remove the front wheels.
- Support the lower suspension arm with a jack.
- Disconnect the brake hose from the strut.
- Remove the lower strut mounting bolt(s). If the strut (damper) is mounted in a fork, matchmark the damper and the fork before removal.
See Figure 4
- Remove the upper strut assembly mounting nuts, then remove the strut assembly from the vehicle..
- Loosely install the upper mount nuts.
See Figure 5
- Install the strut lower mounting bolt(s). Be sure to align the matchmark.
All suspension nuts and bolts should be tightened with the vehicle on the ground, or with a floor jack supporting the vehicle's weight.
Tighten the pinch bolt to the following specifications:
2.2CL, 2.3CL, 2.5TL, 3.0CL : 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm)
Tighten the lower fork bolt as follows:
2.2CL, 2.3CL, 2.5TL, 3.0CL, Legend and Vigor : 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm)
- Tighten the upper nuts on all models to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
- Connect the brake hose bracket to the shock absorber.
- Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
- Check the alignment and test drive the vehicle.
See Figure 6
- Raise and support the vehicle, then remove the front wheels.
- Remove the strut (damper) from the vehicle.
See Figure 7
- Compress the coil spring with a suitable spring compressor.
See Figure 8
- Remove the locking nut from the top of the shock absorber, and remove the coil spring.
See Figures 9, 10 and 11
Use new self-locking nuts and bolts when assembling the strut.
- Install the compressed coil spring on the shock absorber.
- Assemble the upper spring seat/bearing and related components.
- Install the mounting washer, and loosely install a new self-locking nut.
- Hold the shock absorber piston rod with a hex wrench and tighten the self-locking nut. Tighten the self-locking nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
All suspension nuts and bolts should be tightened with the vehicle on the ground.
- Install the strut in the vehicle, as outlined earlier in this section.
- Have the front alignment checked and adjusted, if necessary.