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Tokico HP Series Rear Shock ('94-'04 excl. IRS Cobra) - Installation Instructions

Installation Time

30 minutes

Tools Required
  • 15mm deep socket
  • 18mm wrench
  • 19mm socket
  • Floor Jack
  • Drive ratchet
  • Impact gun is recommended if available
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Rear Struts Installation:

1. Jack the car up and place securely on jack stands.

2. Put the floor jack under the center of the rear end and put a slight load on it.

3. Remove the trunk liners to get access to the two upper shock bolts. (several plastic push on fasteners)

4. Once the trunk liners are out, remove the two top nuts to the rear shocks with the 15mm deep socket. You do not need to keep any of the bushings or hardware. You should receive all new hardware and bushings with your new shocks.

5. Once you have the top nuts removed, lower the floor jack down and the factory shocks should lower out of the hole.

6. Now you can remove the bottom shock bolt. Use a 15mm socket on the nut and an 18mm wrench on the bolt head to remove it.

7. Now pull the factory shock out of the car. You may need to compress the factory shock to get it out.

8. Check the underside of the upper hole for the old bushings, as they tend to stick in the holes.

9. Now take your new shock and put it back in the bottom bracket. Put the bolt through from the inside towards the outside. Use your 18mm wrench on the nut and your 19mm socket on the bolt.Tighten firmly!

10. Before you put the top end of the shock through the hole, make sure that you have the lower washer and lower rubber pieces on the bolt.

11. Now you can put the top of the shock through the hole to the trunk.

12. Now put the upper rubber piece on, followed by the upper tin piece, and then by the nut.

13.Tighten up the upper shock nut (supplied) with the 15mm deep socket.

14. Repeat the process for the other shock.

15. Now you should test drive your car and listen for any abnormal or new noises.

16. Also make sure that the car drives as it did before the installation.

17. Enjoy your new Tokico HP Shocks!

Installation instructions provided by AmericanMuscle customer Andrew Tamlyn 9.20.09

This guide applies to Vehicle years: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and Submodels: Bullitt, Mach 1, V6, Cobra, GT

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