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Posted by DRM on September 14, 1999 at 07:06:21:

In Reply to: Switching shocks..what else should I do? posted by Jeff N. on September 13, 1999 at 14:28:56:

Besides the control arms noted below, check the sway bar links as they have ball joints, too, and have to be half-removed to pull the struts anyway. Also, tie rod ends. Basically, anything with a ball joint is likely to be fairly worn by 125K if not already replaced.

It's also a good time to do brakes as they, too, need to be disassembled to get the struts out.

Finally, look carefully at the upper strut bearings once they're out. It's apparently not common to need to replace them, but if needed, now's the time.

If you're doing this job yourself, e-mail me and I'll send you a write-up I did after changing my springs/shocks last April.

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