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?
Thanks for looking.