rear shock replacement - upper mounting brackets - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 08-15-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
dmetzler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Louisville, CO
Posts: 47
rear shock replacement - upper mounting brackets

Hi All,

I have read some threads here about the pain associated with replacing rear shocks, but decided to give it a go anyway.

Most of the job has not been too bad, except for the two outside bolts on the top mounts. I have used PB Blaster many times, let them soak for hours, but cannot crack the bolts off. Tried tightening, loosening - using a 1/2" socket on a 1/2" breaker bar - nothing. Problem is the socket always slips on the bolt head, even though the bolt head is not stripped. I can get a box wrench on the bolt, but have no room or leverage to move the wrench once in position.

In a moment of desperation I got a pry bar and used it to slide the shocks off the upper mounting bracket by pulling and prying the shocks out. Aside from the upper mounting brackets bending down a bit, it got the job done - the old shocks are removed, with their top mounting brackets still in place.

I am now attempting to install the new shocks (Skyjacker Nitro 8000s). The upper mounting grommets are in the top of the new shocks. When I attempt to slide them over the upper mounting brackets, of course, the grommet slides onto the bracket and out of the shock. There is not enough leverage to put the grommet on the bracket first and then pull the shock on to the grommet.

Am I better off trying to get the new shocks on the existing upper brackets, or attempt to get the old bolts/brackets out and then install the new shocks/brackets? This would at least have the new shock ready to mount without dealing with getting the shock mounted on the old bracket. Any suggestions?

Thanks for the help,

Don

dmetzler is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-15-2010, 03:42 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
burton160w's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Underneath my TJ
Posts: 1,639
Would you mind taking a picture of what you're talking about. Or, steal some pictures from this thread (the OP is a jackass anyway) and just circle what part you're talking about. I can help you from there. I'm just confused about the wording because I'm a little slow.


__________________
It's got a Willy's body, a Chevy engine, Ford axles, GM transmission, and Dodge steering components... it must be a Wrangler.
burton160w is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-15-2010, 04:30 PM   #3
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
dmetzler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Louisville, CO
Posts: 47
Yeah - sorry, my initial post was a bit wordy.

Basically the top brackets are still connected with one bolt (see photo). I can get the grommet on the bracket, but if I put the grommet in the shock and try to push it on the bracket, the grommet always slips off.

Should be a simple problem to solve at this point, or so I thought.



Thanks for the help.

Don
dmetzler is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-15-2010, 04:36 PM   #4
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 31,355
Images: 2
I know that bolt is still tight but have you tried working the bar pin back & forth to see if you can work it out from under the bolt head? If you can do that, perhaps you can get it out with the combo wrench. Heat can help to loosen bolts like that too, like from a torch or propane torch.
__________________
When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-15-2010, 04:37 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Slammin Salmon in Alaska
Posts: 1,946
try a 13 mm socket
__________________
Jeep'n Alaska
Ted_D is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-15-2010, 04:41 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
Tarby's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Smethport, PA
Posts: 1,121
I get what your saying...If I remember when I put my wife's skyjackers on, the brackets are a little different than the ones that were on the old shocks that I removed. The poly bushings might not "sit" correctly on the old mount brackets. I would remove the old hardware and use the new, and when you put the bolts back in, anti-seize the snot out of those bolts. I actually put stainless ones in place of the old ones to save on corrosion.
Tarby is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-15-2010, 04:46 PM   #7
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
dmetzler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Louisville, CO
Posts: 47
Thanks for the suggestions. I have not tried working the bracket out yet, as I was hoping to get the new shocks on the existing brackets. Will give that a shot, as well as the 13mm wrench. There is more room to maneuver now that the old shocks are out.

I have avoided the torch/heat method being so close to the gas tank.

Will keep you posted...

Thanks,

Don
dmetzler is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-15-2010, 10:23 PM   #8
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
dmetzler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Louisville, CO
Posts: 47
The passenger side bracket is now off! The driver's side is being a bit more difficult, but another shot of PB Blaster and waiting for it to soak in...

Thanks for the suggestions - they have been a *big* help!

Don
dmetzler is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-18-2010, 10:57 PM   #9
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
dmetzler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Louisville, CO
Posts: 47
Some more PB Blaster and a good soak and I was able to free the final bolt on the rear driver's side and get the old top bracket out. Woohoo!

Thanks again for the suggestions!

Don

dmetzler is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rear Bumper, I cant find a replacement!! B19SGW YJ General Discussion Forum 3 09-24-2009 10:59 AM
Rear Caliper Replacement (Crown) snwchris TJ Tech Forum 3 07-22-2009 06:12 AM
Mounting engine mount brackets... 1992wranglersahara YJ Tech Forum 3 06-02-2009 07:40 PM
stock shock replacement jonnybravo TJ Tech Forum 11 06-17-2008 11:51 PM
Rear Shock Mounts Rusted & Gone!!! 1992wranglersahara YJ General Discussion Forum 1 10-06-2006 06:22 PM



» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:24 AM.



Jeep«, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC