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I am changing the front shocks on my 2006 997-1 C4S. does anyone know if there is a good DIY that I can follow somewhere? I am basically wondering what needs to be removed in terms of other parts to get the job done, such as calipers and rotors? any advice is obviously apreciated! Also, if there is anything that I should be looking out for kindly let me know!



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Hi Paul,

thanks for this. although the link is to an older porsche suspension set up that I cannot really relate to, i'll try searching in the 996 section as I imagine that the 996 and 997 set ups are closer if not the same.


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OK so just had a go and unfortunately failed..

I jacked the car, removed wheel, removed caliper and rotor, removed any of the smaller pieces connected to the strut, removed the three nuts at the top of the strut and removed the ABS and brake lines out of the way.

Problem was that I would not remove the strut (whole assembled mcpherson strut) from the wheel arch. I managed to push the strut down so that the three bolts at the top of the strut came through into the wheel arch area, however I could not go down much more. What is the part that support the lower part of the strut called? is that meant to be disassembled too? Is the spring meant to be compressed in order to remove it from the arch? I tried to compress it however it is not easy as it is conical shaped and just about has three coils that can be 'grabbed' by the compressor on one side, and two on the other. Definitely not enough to get it out of the arch. I am obviously missing something basic here and i cannot put my finger on it.

I would really appreciate some help with this. I am not sure whether it makes a difference but it is a 4S so the front wheels are driven. I do not know if this changes anything with the strut removal.

Thanks again for any help!

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Just a thought. Is it necessary to remove the wheel carrier in order to remove the complete strut from the wheel well? By doing so, the strut would fall vertically downwards and come out of the wheel well without any problems.

I cannot seem to find the solution to this problem which I imagine is a very obvious one!

Paulspeed, thanks for your instructions however it is point 10 that I am getting struck on...

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  • 6 years later...

Old thread but yes according to my tech at PPP Dallas with 20 yrs there says the axles come out as well f& r. That allows the unit to drop together once free of bolts. This was confirmed today. One reason to let a pro do an AWD car OR replace LCAs same time. Prying on LCAs will destroy older bushings I surmise so easier to remove axles. They charge 8hrs labor on my c4.

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