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Rear Shocks

I'm going to attempt to replace my stock rear shocks and could use any advice. Does the car need to be under load? What torque rating should the bolts be tightened to? If I simply take out the old shocks and put in the new, they should maintian the correct angle? I'm guessing I need a very small torque wrench and some smaller sockets. Any step by step process would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Idk the exacts but I believe that there is a diy written up on 6club r 6 crew
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No, the car does not need to be under load to replace the rear shocks.

Here's the writeup: http://forum.mazda6club.com/suspensi...r-install.html

It'll be a PITA to get the rear shocks out. In step 9, it states to drop the subframe if you're having issues. You don't need to, just some wiggling here and there and it'll come out.

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Brackets?

I crawled underneath to look over everything before attempting. Should I get new mounting brackets too for the after market shocks? Upon close inspection, the top bolt going through my shock looks over torqued as the bracket is a little bit bent towards the shock itself. Also, is there a specific tool to make sure I have the 30 degree angle dead on when installing the new shocks? Thanks so much for the help!
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No, you won't need new mounting bracket, you can reuse it. No specific tool. You don't need to get it exactly at 30 degrees. Just somewhere around that area so when you place it back on, you're not putting additional stress on bushing. One way to make sure is to take both shocks/brackets off, then when replacing one shock, just line it up with the other old shock/bracket setup.

Another thing with the mounting bracket, for an easier remount, there's a little tab that hangs off of the bracket itself. I'm not sure why it's there or what's its use is but you can remove that little tab for a much easier remount of the bracket.

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a really long extension, and swivel make this job ALOT easier.

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Man that bracket is a major PITA to get out. Def agree with monixide on the socket extention and universal joint. I also used a mini wrench (about 4 inches long) to get to one of them. Ugh I get frustrated just thinking about that bracket. I even had a hard time putting it back in after I got it out haha. Good luck haha take a break and drink a beer if you need to.

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yup. that bracket is the only thing that makes the job such a bitch. lol. but at least once you do it the 1st time, its alot easier to do now. i use a 2 foot extension and a swivel now, and can knock them out pretty quickly. but my 1st time was a living hell just figuring it out. lol

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Thanks for all the advice. Today is the day. And I will have beer handy. It should be somewhat easier with the helpful information from you guys! Much appreciated.
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