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Replacing rear droplinks

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  • 8 years later...

Same question as original post. Have already replaced front links and front and rear bushings, pretty straightforward. The top link bolt is threaded into the OE shock with a stud that is welded to the OE shock. Bottom bolt is easy but my question is: Do I need to unbolt and drop the bottom of the shock in order to have clearance to 'spin' the top of the new link? I assume it would damage the new link to thread it into the stud by turning the bolt into the stud. Many videos available for replacing the fronts but not one found on replacing the rears.

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OK, thought I'd reply to my own post re Porsche 996 C2 rear sway bar (drop) links. Was able to replace the links without the OE shock removal.  It would have been much easier to replace them when also replacing the rear shocks by having the OE shocks ( Bilstein) on the bench or purchasing aftermarket replacement shocks with a different design of link attachment. Very helpful to have a thin box wrench tighten the stud to the shock and also to purchase links that have 4 sided wrench fittings. The Meyle links had only 2 sided wrench slots which made tightening much more time consuming for the top bolts. 

996 C2 rear link.jpg

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