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Need to know how to install rear struts on 1995 jaguar xj6

Hi Michael,

You need a pair of good coil spring compressors about 10 inches long that are reasonably slimline and robust enough to hold the power of the spring, trolley jack, axle stands, sockets and spanners to fit the nuts and bolts and half a dozen tie wraps, 4 inches of longer.

Jack up and support the rear of the car (if you have access to a wheels free ramp so much the better) remove both rear wheels.
Using the compressors compress the spring until you can squash it down to about 2/3rdsof its length, it will then rotate and move freely, once that is the case you have compressed it enough..
Then, and only then, undo the bottom shocker bolt, the one through the lower swing arm and remove the bolt.
Using a 1/2 inch 13mm socket and whatever extensions and wobble drives you need to achieve it, remove the 4 nuts/ (some have 4 bolts ) from the top shocker plate (directly at the top of the shocker ) releasing it from it's mounting point, once these 4 are out this will allow you to maneuver the whole assembly, spring shocker and top plate, out through the gap between the hub and the wheel arch, most can be got out without removing anything else, but occasionally I have had to remove the brake caliper to make enough room, and only once I had to take out the lower hub bolt (if you have to do this be sure to dot punch 2 marks on the disc around the head of the bolt which has graduations marked on it for rear wheel alignment, and on the hub directly adjacent to the mark you made of the head of the bolt, when reassembling you simply line up the 2 dots and your rear wheel will be back where it was before you took the bolt out.
Once you have the shocker and spring assembly out, slide the shocker out and replace it by removing the top nut through the top plate.
once done, use tie wraps to fasten the top plate to the top of the spring (makes handling it a bit easier, and reverse the removal procedure.
Most important thins when reassembling to remember, DO NOT remove the spring compressors until you have reassembled the top plate back in its mounting and re fitted the bottom shocker bolt.

Why Jaguar decided to adopt this stupid way to fit a rear spring is beyond me ! Probably to stop people from being able to change their own parts !!
The XJ40's were self contained and Much easier to remove as a whole unit !

Source, self after 20 years of working on nothing but Jaguars.

best regards

Dec 10, 2011 | 1995 Jaguar XJ6

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How to install rear shocks on 1997 xj6 jag

i got the top bolts out but how do i get the bottom bolt out?
spring is compressed too.
1996n xj6

Jun 12, 2010 | 1997 Jaguar XJ6

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How do I remove the rear break calipers from my 1970 xj6 series 1

if the calipers are like my 85 xj6 - it is a pain -
take of the plate covering the shock absorbers.
at the top of the caliper is the e-brake caliper - there are 2 tabs holding the bolts. bend the tabs back - remove the bolts, springs, and e brake caliper.
remove brake line going to caliper.
2 big bolts hold the main caliper - they are wired together with safety wire. cut the wire and remove the bolts.
the caliper should come out -
be patient. very difficult job.

Feb 22, 2010 | 1985 Jaguar XJ6

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Changing rear suspention

the strut/spring is one assembly that comes out as one unit.
The 1989 XJ6s'(USA) had self leveling hydraulic suspension. Is your
new strut correct or has your car been retrofitted to conventional shocks?

Mar 25, 2009 | 1989 Jaguar XJ6

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How to change rear struts on 1995 xj6 jaguar

Its not the simple on teh 1995 xj6, the rear axle needs to be dropped down. If you email me I will send you the factory info to replace them

Jan 11, 2009 | 1995 Jaguar XJ6

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Changing rear shocks on a 1990 jag

No. But if can't get it on a lift or high enough to work under will be very awkward. The calipers get in the way when you are removing the springs and shocks as a unit. You can move the part and get it out and down, but you will need to remove the rear wheels and let the rear springs hang down.
Make sure you have a good spring compressor to get the old springs most cases it is the springs that go soft and not the shocks...
Don't assume that it is the shocks unless you know for sure they are bad.

Dec 30, 2008 | 1990 Jaguar XJ6

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1995 Jag XJ6 Rear Issues...need to fix ASAP.

My 1994 Vanden Plas makes the same noise. I know I need rear shocks. You do also!! Have the rear shocks replaced. Bilstein part number B46 1858 or Koni part  number 30 1377. Actually the Bilstein is the better shock and less expensive.

Dec 29, 2008 | 1995 Jaguar XJ6

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My 1989 jag xj6. the rear suspension (shocks) are down

Hi Verbatum

Yes, replacing the self leveling rear shockers with gas shocks, is the way to go.

The self leveling system was notoriously problematic.

Due to either to the leveling sensor going faulty, and making the car go up and down, whilst sitting at the lights. ( Do not be surprised to see that yours has been disconnected. )
Other problems are loud knocks over the big bumps, and finally oil leaks from the shockers.

Yes Jaguar in there wisdom, did not make things easy, and new gas shockers will not match your old springs.

I do have all the Jaguar part numbers somewhere for this job, if you want to keep it all Jaguar.
( let me know and I will have a look !)

I have seen in the past, Modification Kits being offered in England, but would have to get back to you with source.

I see you are in Canada , and I am in Spain, and not familiar with your spares situation out there.

You will be requiring 2 Gas Shockers, 2 Springs and retaining collets, and plates.

I hope I have been of help.

Good Luck


Dec 02, 2008 | 1989 Jaguar XJ6

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1993 jaguar j6 soverign

93 Jaguar XJ6, sadly the pump is located in the gas tank and the tank has to be removed from the trunk to gain access
Pretty basic replacement except above the rear axle underneath the car are where the fuel lines are connected, they are quick connects and are help in place with a spring pin, do not remove the spring pins, you just turn the pins to one side and the hoses will pull off, but you will need a rack to do this, It is impossible to get to the hoses with the car on the ground.
The tank itself is self is pretty easy, just be careful when you remove the screws holding the fuel filler gater assy as you can tear the rubber and they are expensive to replace.
Hope this helps


Sep 08, 2008 | 1993 Jaguar XJ6

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