i think i got lucky. the nut came off easy with a little wire brush action and some lube. the hardest part was removing the shock from the link to goes to the lower control arm that uses a pinch bolt. that still wasn't too bad. the wife was all happy when i had finished the bad side and was totally surprised when i told her that i was only half done. tried to explain the fact about having to change both sides.Glad to help. WOW! You're in one of those salt-using states!
Didn't you have trouble with the shock rod corroding into the upper rubber mount sleeve? Or the nut?
thanks. i bit uncomfortable using the spring compressor, but i figure that if one nut on a 3/8 threaded rod can hold it, i should be able to do it. i thought for sure that getting them removed from the car would be the hard part. i was right, but it didn't take as long as i thought. i tries with the pitman arm puller, that didn't get a good "bite". so it was off to the pickle fork and large hammer technique.Nice job macmic!! I just did mine about 8 months ago. Not too bad right?