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Has anyone installed Bilstein rear shocks? The Ford factory manual says to tighten shocks to 22 ft-lbs. The instructions with the shocks say 34 Ft-lbs. When I try to tighten them that much they crunch the rubber bushings before ever getting to the torque setting.

Should I just use the Ford setting?

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I have the rear Bilstein shocks too. Check the rubber bushings before you install them. The bushings from Bilstein might have the wrong size. I can't remember the torque, but usually I don't follow the shop manual for replacement parts which come with their own values.



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Just tighten the nut until you see the rubber biscuits begin to bulge out the sides.
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I have the rear Bilstein shocks too. Check the rubber bushings before you install them. The bushings from Bilstein might have the wrong size. I can't remember the torque, but usually I don't follow the shop manual for replacement parts which come with their own values.
I seem to remember a thread about the Bilsteins coming with. Bushings that were too small. Anyone have a source for correct ones?

I couldnít get these ones up to 34 Ft lbs before they were squeezing out the sides of the metal washers.

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Has anyone installed Bilstein rear shocks? The Ford factory manual says to tighten shocks to 22 ft-lbs. The instructions with the shocks say 34 Ft-lbs. When I try to tighten them that much they crunch the rubber bushings before ever getting to the torque setting.

Should I just use the Ford setting?
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I seem to remember a thread about the Bilsteins coming with. Bushings that were too small. Anyone have a source for correct ones?

I couldnít get these ones up to 34 Ft lbs before they were squeezing out the sides of the metal washers.
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I bough5 them from Opentracker and would have called but I am assuming no one will be there until Tues. was hoping to get it back on the road today

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Here's the other shock thread:

https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/v...el-part-2.html

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I bough5 them from Opentracker and would have called but I am assuming no one will be there until Tues. was hoping to get it back on the road today

Use the one from the shocks for now to get the car on the road. You can drive the car with these rubbers too. Talk to John and get the right size later.



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I couldnít get these ones up to 34 Ft lbs before they were squeezing out the sides of the metal washers.

Then they're too tight. Back off until the rubber just starts to bulge.
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Then they're too tight. Back off until the rubber just starts to bulge.
Thatís what I thought too, itís not even close to 34 Ft-lbs either. The bushings are quite soft

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I've got the bilsteins too. Tightened to the stock value (I think its 22ftlb) and no issue.
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Thatís what I thought too, itís not even close to 34 Ft-lbs either. The bushings are quite soft
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I've got the bilsteins too. Tightened to the stock value (I think its 22ftlb) and no issue.

Are y'all reading the instructions carefully? Are you sure it's foot/lbs? I'd bet my money on inch/lbs. But I don't read the instructions. I tighten until the rubber begins to bulge and then I quit.
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They're going to bulge easier because they are not the right size.

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Are y'all reading the instructions carefully? Are you sure it's foot/lbs? I'd bet my money on inch/lbs. But I don't read the instructions. I tighten until the rubber begins to bulge and then I quit.
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I think you are over thinking this. Just tighten till it looks right and enjoy.
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