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Old 08-24-2014, 03:55 PM   #1
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Rubicon shocks: install questions

Let me preface the rest of this post by saying I'm totally new to Jeeps and wrenching - so forgive me for any boneheaded questions. I've searched multiple forums/threads and have some remaining questions when it comes to swapping out my stock sport shocks for Rubicon takeoffs with less than 200 miles.

1. I've seen lots of posts with some explaining how they had trouble compressing the shocks to fit the brackets. I just hand compressed all of the shocks by hand right now, won't that prevent this problem during the install? I don't have jack stands so I'd like to avoid lifting the Jeep if possible.

2. I understand I need to use a 16mm and 18mm wrench to tackle the upper front and rear bolts. With such little space to work with, how will I then torque these bolts with a large, cumbersome torque wrench?

3. I have the bare-bone sport package so the tires are tiny and I have enough space to do the fronts without removing the tires. I figured if I turn the wheels to right/left will give me more room when removing the fronts. Am I wrong not to remove the tires?

4. Is an alignment/rotation needed after the install?

5. Again, my mechanical knowledge is limited and I'd like to avoid bringing it to the dealer/shop just for someone to charge me $200+ for shock install...Or would I be better off just letting the pros handle it at this point?

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Old 08-24-2014, 04:11 PM   #2
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Rubicon shocks are gas charged but not close to 5100's/FOX, etc in charge. You'll have no issues compressing them. Don't worry about torque. Just tighten them as best you can 50-70 ft lbs is a good pull. These are shock bolts not suspension links. Nothing bad will happen if a shock bolt loosens. Just clank around a bit until you tighten. Just get out there and do it. Nothing to be scared about. No alignment ... Nothing changes.
For the fronts .. Can you get the axle up on stands ?

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Old 08-24-2014, 04:11 PM   #3
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Pretty simple and straightforward. Take the old ones off and put the new ones on the same way. No alignment necessary.
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Can you get the axle up on stands ?
Wasn't planning on it - is this necessary?
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:52 PM   #5
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Shocks can be done flat on the ground. Easier on jackstands though.
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Wasn't planning on it - is this necessary?
Well you mentioned space and being able to reach the shock without removing the tires.
This will help you .. But no. It's not necessary.
As Daggo said ... It's pretty straight forward. Good luck !!!
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I did mine a couple months back, and it was my first time swapping shocks out on a vehicle. My only piece of advice would be to go out and buy a ratcheting wrench for the top bolts on your front shocks. I did not, but it would've made removal/install much easier.

The rears came out quick, the front ones will take a little longer.

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