Replacing rear shocks

Tiny
STEVE CLOUTIER
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  • 1999 JAGUAR XJ8
  • 4.0L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 12,000 MILES
I have been in the process of changing my rear shocks and I have reached a point where according to the manual I should be using a 204-179-1spring retaining strap. I could not find these except for a website in England. One person in a forum said he used plastic ties. Sounded good to me, but I can only connect one side of the spring. I should be able to connect 2sides. One side has a round hole the other has a square hole. It is not very clear how the strap is supposed to connect. Has anyone actually used these things? Or has a workaround. Someone must have done this and can point me in the right direction.
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Steve
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 AT 12:46 PM

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Tiny
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Good afternoon,

You need those exact tools. Most likely the dealer has these tools you need.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-shock-absorber

I attached the procedure for you below. I borrowed the tools from a friend at a dealer for the job.

Roy
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 AT 4:57 PM

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