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I have old faded brain cells with a mental picture of a ground down tip on a grease gun in order to be able to fit into the small opening on the half shafts.

In other words... Many moons ago I think I modified a grease gun to be able to get in there. I don't think I have that gun anymore though to confirm.

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Some u-joints have a little screw (that you can replace temporary by a nipple) others have a nipple already in them.. I had once the same problem and... you can solve that by buying some extra long nipples!  😉 

After you greased the shafts you put in (back) the little screws to close the holes..

 

(This was a message about greasing shafts,nipples and holes... 🙈 do NOT google  this! 🤣)

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I have old faded brain cells with a mental picture of a ground down tip on a grease gun in order to be able to fit into the small opening on the half shafts.
In other words... Many moons ago I think I modified a grease gun to be able to get in there. I don't think I have that gun anymore though to confirm.

Thanks Bruce. I have a table grinder and googles ….I’ll give it a go and report back. Hoping to get the new springs in today, we shall see. I have an old flight helmet to protect me if the spring compressor fails . Safety first !


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Some u-joints have a little screw (that you can replace temporary by a nipple) others have a nipple already in them.. I had once the same problem and... you can solve that by buying some extra long nipples!   
After you greased the shafts you put in (back) the little screws to close the holes..
 
(This was a message about greasing shafts,nipples and holes...  do NOT google  this! )

This will be my second solution if grinding the fitting doesn’t work.

Good advice on the good search. I can see the conversation now! “Who was googling “grinding nipples, or greasing nipples”. I have a 15 year old, so it’s no out of the realm of possible.


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So removing the rear spring was uneventful. No helmet required. I got one side compete today. When I pulled the old spring and shock off I found an insulator from 260z. The only reason I know that it is because it has yellow writing on from what would be a salvage yard and said “74z. R” see pic.

Height difference seems to be about 1 1/4” lower. Looks better, another 1/2” would have been perfect. I have Eibach springs, and a 240z insulator. See pics below. I think once the car rolls a bit it will sit lower. It just came off a jack so the wheels are still canted inwards.
Also got the half shafts greased up used the Captain Obvious “grind” method. Thanks CO!

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Gorgeous!!! Love the ride height as well. Where are you in terms of stiffness on the Konis? i.e. how many turns out?

Dan, thanks! Right now it set where they came from the factory. I don’t have enough miles to make a determination of what I like. The ride is smooth, not rough like many would expect with a lower configuration. Some install issues with the Koni’s I discovered is that the strict spins inside the strut when trying to tighten the top nut, not the gland no but the one at the very top. Can’t really set a torque either so this may account for the small knock. Don’t happen on big bumps and can’t repeat it but pushing down the body. Happens at a higher frequency smaller bumps . I might call MSA and ask.


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2 hours ago, Av8ferg said:


Dan, thanks! Right now it set where they came from the factory. I don’t have enough miles to make a determination of what I like. The ride is smooth, not rough like many would expect with a lower configuration. Some install issues with the Koni’s I discovered is that the strict spins inside the strut when trying to tighten the top nut, not the gland no but the one at the very top. Can’t really set a torque either so this may account for the small knock. Don’t happen on big bumps and can’t repeat it but pushing down the body. Happens at a higher frequency smaller bumps . I might call MSA and ask.


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Same issue here during my install. The strut rod would spin as soon as any meaningful amount of torque was applied to the top nut. I ended up using a make shift strap wrench to get it tightened down more, but definitely not to the Koni specs still. I believe you can buy a socket with a cutout that will let you slide in a wrench to hold the strut...but who has time for that! 😂

Strut Socket - 21mm - VW (T10001-5) | Assenmacher Specialty Tools | 3186

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That ride height looks amazing, and perfect.  As does the rest of the car!  Is that the MSA Type 1 ducted air dam, or another?

Re:the top nut for the struts, in the past I've just blasted them on with an impact wrench, but I'll have to be more careful with the Konis as I believe it voids the warranty if you do that with them...

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Thanks, I think the height is right on. Yes, it is a Xenon 3125 air dam. That’s a story in itself. Mine was pretty warped and it took some time to get it right. It’s still not 100% but Xenon seems the think it’s an acceptable deviation. I know others have had a similar issue, and get the cold shoulder from Xenon. In the end it worked out just took some time to work it out. I’m in the process of building a back reinforcement bracket to reduce the flexibility at higher speed. I’ll post that once complete.
My issue with the Koni’s is poor instructions. They come with the 1” metal washer of some sort. Didn’t show in the instructions where it went so I placed it (in the logical location) just under the plate that holds the spring. I think this os the rattle I’m hearing. Without an impact wrench I think this install is not possible. The instructions show a place to hold the shock but it’s not on the actual shock. I hate when companies do this crap. I’m going to call MSA and talk to Joe and see what he says.


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Is the air dam urethane or fiberglass?

My old BMW 635's urethane air dam was warped at the bottom, and I had a couple of guys from the shop at work take a length of 1" aluminum angle, notch a V in it, bend it, and rivet it to the inside lip of the air dam to straighten it out.

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I hear you about the Koni instructions.  Those are TERRIBLE.  I put a set of Koni Yellows in my old 6-speed 540, and I think I remember having to work around those awful instructions as well...

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Is the air dam urethane or fiberglass?
My old BMW 635's urethane air dam was warped at the bottom, and I had a couple of guys from the shop at work take a length of 1" aluminum angle, notch a V in it, bend it, and rivet it to the inside lip of the air dam to straighten it out.
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I hear you about the Koni instructions.  Those are TERRIBLE.  I put a set of Koni Yellows in my old 6-speed 540, and I think I remember having to work around those awful instructions as well...

I will need to do a similar fix on my air dam as you did on the BMW. Mine is urethane too.. I had another forum member message me a few months back about the terrible customer service he was having with his Xenon. He said the rep was not sympathetic.


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1 hour ago, Patcon said:

Thats fun. I drove one of those one time. Fast and fun even for a sedan 😎

It was a lot of fun.  Miss that car.  A real German hot rod, sort of a proto E39 M5.

http://www.spannerhead.com/2013/05/26/the-new-daily-1995-bmw-540i-6-speed/
http://www.spannerhead.com/2013/07/07/doctor-540i-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-v8/

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Congratulations on this great looking ride.  Very good inspiration for me!  I used these same headlights on another 70’s vintage car and I was also very pleased with the result.  

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Congratulations on this great looking ride.  Very good inspiration for me!  I used these same headlights on another 70’s vintage car and I was also very pleased with the result.  

Thanks, my car was in need of a of work. More than I anticipated but what sold me the day I bought it was the lack of rust. It only had some minor rust on the passenger floor and otherwise it was clean. Even in the usually places it was clean. I think it spent most of its life in the CA Central Valley.
This is what it looked like the day I bought it. Jan 2018 it had a seized motor and no interior or seats. It then sat 2+ years before I could bring it home. I’ve been full bore on restoration since this past Dec. I forgot to add…there is NO WAY I could have done this without the help of the great people on this forum….
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I forgot to post this dashboard emblem restoration I did with a “liquid chrome” pen I bought on Amazon.   This dash emblem was totally black before I did this. Took all of 5 mins to complete.     I should have taken a before pic.  Here what it looks like now.  
 

 

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