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So I am installing H&R lowering springs on my 2016 ST. I got the top nuts loose, Wheel speed sensor disconnected, brake line removed from the strut and the bolt in the lower control arm out that presses against the strut.

But I am having an issue removing the ABS bracket that the end link connects too. There is just a nut on the front side of but there is nothing on the back side to put a wrench on and the nut just keeps turning. I have tried multiple wrenches, pry bars and screw drivers in an attempt to stop the threads from spinning when I turn the nut.

I know there are people that have installed springs on a 15'-16'. How did you get this nut off so I can take the ABS bracket off the strut?
 

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So I am installing H&R lowering springs on my 2016 ST. I got the top nuts loose, Wheel speed sensor disconnected, brake line removed from the strut and the bolt in the lower control arm out that presses against the strut.

But I am having an issue removing the ABS bracket that the end link connects too. There is just a nut on the front side of but there is nothing on the back side to put a wrench on and the nut just keeps turning. I have tried multiple wrenches, pry bars and screw drivers in an attempt to stop the threads from spinning when I turn the nut.

I know there are people that have installed springs on a 15'-16'. How did you get this nut off so I can take the ABS bracket off the strut?

There should be a spot to slide in a wrench. Around the 3:40 mark.
 
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Yeah I have watched that video about 30 times. There appears to be a nut on the backside for the 13-14 but not the 15-16. I pulled the boot back on the control arm and there is nothing there.
 

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Sorry. I didn't think this changed between the years. If I didn't live in cold weather I would pop a wheel of my 16 and check it out.
 

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Yeah I have watched that video about 30 times. There appears to be a nut on the backside for the 13-14 but not the 15-16. I pulled the boot back on the control arm and there is nothing there.
Its there. Move the dust boot back further. I just lowered a 16
 

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You have to use a pass thru socket there's a Allen head on the bolt I had the same problem


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If some how yours doesn't have it your gonna have to use a impact or get a pas through so you could hold it with the allen
 

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Its there. Move the dust boot back further. I just lowered a 16
My 15 did not have the flat spot for the 14mm. I know for a fact because I ended tearing the boot off after I shredded it. A pass through socket and an Allen key will do the trick. No need for an impact.
 

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So I went back out to the car and pulled the boot further back, still couldn't find anything to put a wrench on. I ended up taking a allen socket and a open ended wrench and ended up getting it off.

Thanks guys.
 
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Its there. Move the dust boot back further. I just lowered a 16
I guess I can look again. Once I finally got it off, I pulled the boot even further back than when it was installed, still nothing.
 

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Confirmed. There is a nut in the back but it is super hidden. I was at a lost when I installed my hr springs on my 16


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I looked again, but I still didn't see a nut. I was to the point of tearing the boot pulling it backwards and nothing. But I was able to loosen them with an allen head and a wrench and then use a set of channel locks on the back side and use a socket on the front.

Not ideal but both struts are currently out, I will be swapping the springs tomorrow and then installing them. The rears have already been finished.
 
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I looked again, but I still didn't see a nut. I was to the point of tearing the boot pulling it backwards and nothing. But I was able to loosen them with an allen head and a wrench and then use a set of channel locks on the back side and use a socket on the front.

Not ideal but both struts are currently out, I will be swapping the springs tomorrow and then installing them. The rears have already been finished.
You won't be able to see it. It's like inside of the boot. It's there though..


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Oh well lol It's done now, car is back on the road.
 

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You won't be able to see it. It's like inside of the boot. It's there though..


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I completely tore off the boot on my 15 and there is definitely no nut on mine. I wonder if Ford has multiple suppliers or has mixed inventory, might be why some cars have the nut and others do not. Or, they may have used the rounded ones for the 15s and early 16 models and returned to using the ones with a nut on later production. Guess we will see when the 17's start rolling out.
 

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Got around to installing my springs today. To confirm. There isn’t always something on the backside for a socket or wrench on a 2016. I too cut the dust cover off and had to use channel locks because the Allen key was stripping. I put the channel locks on the silver part by the arrow and it worked very well. I know this is an old thread but it was definitely helpful today.
 

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