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Old 29th May 2008, 22:16   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I have a bunch of Esteem front struts with me lying around (old ones). I wanted to take a peek inside the damper and see how it works. I was wondering how does one take them apart non-destructively.

Any pointers guys on how to do this. I'm the DIY types so would like to take it apart myself :-)

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There are many things one can do DIY. Non-destructively taking apart a damper is not one of them. Take it to a machine shop and ask them to use a parting tool near the weld. That's the easiest way I can think of.

The other way would be to remove the flanged sheet metal top somehow. Anyone who rebuilds old shocks should be able to do that for you.

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If they are old struts why do you want to take them apart non-destructively?
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There are many things one can do DIY. Non-destructively taking apart a damper is not one of them. Take it to a machine shop and ask them to use a parting tool near the weld. That's the easiest way I can think of.

The other way would be to remove the flanged sheet metal top somehow. Anyone who rebuilds old shocks should be able to do that for you.
I do have access to a machine shop, so i meant doing it myself 'in the machine shop' Thanks , shall try to remove the flanged sheet metal part

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If they are old struts why do you want to take them apart non-destructively?
hmm I want to figure out what exactly happens when the damper goes kaput, and also I want to experiment with trying to fix/rebuild the damper myself.
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you go to howitworks.com and you can read about how the strut works. you can save yourself the hassel of opening up the strut
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