When replacing the front struts ( shock absorbers ) on a W201 W124 or some W129 chassis it is frustrating and time-consuming trying to remove and replace the big 22 mm top nut on the front struts ( shocks ).
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Over the years Kent has used a number of different things to place on top his jack stands to prevent damage and for added security. He has even tried some of the commercially available jack stand plastic covers. Nothing has proven to work better than the special cut reinforced hose shown here.
When you need the torque, this will deliver.
I call this the hidden and forgotten bushing. Why? Because you can not see it to inspect it, it hardly ever gets changed. When these bushings wear out you will feel "weird" movement in your rear end, especially going over rough ground.
They started using 18 mm hardware after 1996. Most wrench kits use to not even have an 18mm combination wrench - let alone a long one ( measures 11 inches long).
Socket is now black (impact grade). This is a tool that Kent first thought about making 20 years ago. While installing shock absorbers in his 380SL he had finally had enough - so it was back to the machine shop to come up with a new tool.
I do not need to say much about this tool. Well made and well thought out. Someone who obviously was frustrated at scratching the finish on his or her alloy wheels came up with this idea. Watch the video below to see why this is now my favorite go it 17 mm lug bolt socket.
This U.S.A. made 17 mm 8 inch long combination wrench is custom modified here in our shop to help you easily install Bilstein front and rear shocks on most of the older model Mercedes Benz.
Why these special tools? Can't you just adjust that rod with a couple of combination open end wrenches. Maybe yes and no... have you tried it? You can not get the rod off with a regular thickness 10 mm open end wrench.
When replacing front shocks on the above mentioned Mercedes you must a 10 mm 12 point shock with 3/8 inch drive. If you don't have one you will in trouble.
This is a high quality thin wall socket made in Taiwan.
This is a handy compact winch pulling tool. Not designed for lifting. It is a must have if you plan to replace the guide rods or guide rod mounts (brake control rod bushing) on any 126 chassis from 1981 to 1991 300SD 380SEL 500SEL 380SEC 300SDL 350SDL 300SE 300SEL 420SEL 560SEL 560SEC.