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Changing rear strut/shocks on P2 V70-XC70 2004

I have learned what may save a lot of folks some grief when changing these units. Removing the strut/shock is not difficult, but getting it back can be tough. The instructions state to use a strap to pull the control arms down with both wheels up. Most of us do not have enough jacks to get both up. Discovered recently when changing rear sway bar that unhooking one end link makes it easier and the clincher is to use a cable winch puller hooked to the control arms. Got this 4,000 lbs puller from Harbor Freight for less that $20. It worked like a dream and the strut/shock bottom was easily adjusted to the mounting point. This makes it a one person job and safe. Following this the end link can be mounted.

dick





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    Changing rear strut/shocks on P2 V70-XC70 2004

    A month shy of 7 years following your post, it came to me as a wonderful relief when I found it. 2006 XC-70 103K miles, finally decided to upgrade the sway bars. I was told the front bar was a nightmare to replace, it was very bad but not quite as horrid as I was told. I was also told the rear sway bsr replacement was a 30 minute job, my source of information didn't know that AWD versions used a strut, not a shock. The come-along did the job after I ripped the strap I was trying to use.

    06 XC70, 12 C30-T5M, 01 Porsche 986S, race config





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    Changing rear strut/shocks on P2 V70-XC70 2004

    Dick is the man!

    I upgraded from the tensioner strap in the Volvo instructions to Dick's "cable winch puller," generically known as a come-along. I was able to remove and re-install the strut with little struggle. Seemed more safe and convenient than two-man or spreading methods that I was evaluating. The cable puller seems equivalent in safety to the tensioner strap, but recognize that there is stored energy in the tensioned control arm and it needs to be blocked for safety.

    NOTES: Working on one strut at a time limited (reduced) the pulling force required to a single suspension side. The longer handle, compared to the tensioner strap, produced the force required to pull the control arm downward. I chose a cable puller rated to 1,200 pounds, at $16. Because I had been able to deflect the control arm with my body weight, I had reason to believe that the tensioning forces were within this tool's rating limit. (My straps were only rated to 300 lbs.)

    !CAUTION! Lowering the control arm extends the brake hose toward its limit of travel.





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    Changing rear strut/shocks on P2 V70-XC70 2004

    I'm stuck at both wheels up. end link remove, tensioner strap on the control arms but not enough force to drop the control arms. It requries more force, less acute angle, or different strategy. ('01 V70XC AWD)





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