View Full Version : Strut bars & Torque wrenches? Help!

07-10-2001, 03:26 PM
Hey all, I've been a lurker for a few weeks now and u guys seems to know your stuff <img src="http://www.zilvia.net/f/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':)'>

Here's my question:

I was looking to buy front &amp; rear strut tower braces for my 91 240, when i looked back several pages and read the post about pre-loading etc. &nbsp;To do this right (yeah I'm a newbie, I can deal with it <img src="http://www.zilvia.net/f/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':p'> hehehee) how does the car need to be elevated? I read by the axle for the rear, but I'm unclear on the front? &nbsp;Will jack stands do?

Also, anyone know what size torque wrench and how many lbs. of torque &nbsp;are required? &nbsp;Thanks in advance guys!

07-10-2001, 03:50 PM
Be careful when taking your strut bolts off. I stripped the nut right off the bolt thread and ended up costing me extra $, lucky for me I got my suspension installed at the same time and got them replaced. Im not sure what the torque specs are, just enough to tighten it by hand with a simple 12mm socket will do. Somewhere near 35-38lbs or so. Dont quote me on that though.

The best way to preload the front would be to lift somewhere like the front frame under the car (its right behind the oil pan) or you can just jack it up on its sides and put jack stands under it and that would be very good as well. You just want the most pressure to be off the frame of the car. The front is a bitch though just because you have to tighten it in the air and its hard to get to.

I hope some of this helps, I wasent very clear on anything because im in a hurry! Sorry! :\

07-10-2001, 06:06 PM
rear is like 25
front is like 32-35
dont quote me either
but look in Chilton