I knew I should have just posted the pics I took, lol. But I didn't take them after I finished just when I took it apart. It was getting late and I forgot.Now this sounds promising!! There's just one minor issue, and it's that I can't visualize what you're saying here. Do you think there's any way you can take some pictures of what you did? Can someone like me, who the most they've ever done to their car is change the oil and brake pads, do this on their own? I'm dying to make this rattle go away.
And yes nd, anyone who can turn a wrench can do this. If you look up inside the wheel wells you'll see the piece I'm talking about. I did take a few pics. I forgot to take one of the piece with the little piece of foam that Mazda puts over the top that you'll see in the pic. Under it is just the 12mm nut that olds the shock in place. If you read my detailed instructions after seeing this piece you'll easily be able to do this. You don't have to take the wheels off but it's easier if you do. Just use a jack to lift the center rear of the car up about 6-12" so that when you remove the bottom bolt on the shock it will be easier to get into place when you put it back on. Just lower or raise the jack to get it in the right position after you have tightened up the top and put that back together. Otherwise you have to fight the gas charged shock to push it up to line up the bolt.
LOL, I just saw the pics warlord posted, thanks. There you go, with mine and his you can see it all.
[edited to add] And best of all today was the first time driving the car EVER that I didn't have to listen to the rattling tapping in the back!!!!!! :Racing 1: