I have a couple questions about removal and replacement of the mag ride shocks. (2010 V10) First let me state for the record that I am somewhat mechanically skilled but by no means an expert. I have been digging into this project slowly and methodically so I don’t get in over my head. (Or at least that’s the plan.)
First question. I have removed the front wheel housing liner and have a pretty clear view of the shock and everything. Is there any real need to remove the headlamp and wheel housing liner trim? It doesn’t appear to really open up anything from what I can tell.
Second question. I’m having a really tough time figuring out how to get a breaker bar or anything substantial on the nut that holds the bolt for the top of the shock. There is just a little space to get maybe a wrench or even a crows foot on a breaker bar. But it doesn’t seem like you can turn the nut without running into the top of the shock with the wrench. If I remove the lower nut and bolt first, will that let the shock swing out of the way a little to be able to work on that upper nut and bolt? My concern is that I'm going to need to get some leverage because I'm definitely not strong enough to turn that nut with a basic wrench and my only impact tool is not going to fit anywhere near there.
Third question. Once I remove the shock, do I need to support the suspension elements? In my mind, the whole thing looks like it will just drop and I don’t know if that’s so good for the axle and all those fancy gears and things. Follow up question. Should I have the car in neutral or in gear while I do all this?
I’ve started on the front because it seems like the trickiest. I’m hoping the rears are a little more accessible. If I can do all this without completely screwing it up I plan to send the shocks to the refurbish shop in Poland. If there are other suggestions, I’m open. I’m following the shop manual but I don’t have all the specialized tools that they seem to call for. So kind of figuring it out as I go. Any help is appreciated. Just trying to learn to do something I’ve never done before.