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Old 09-22-2013, 04:21 AM   #1
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Exclamation Rear Shocks

Ok so I have read alot of threads on how to replace the rear shocks on a TJ. My question is where do you access the nuts from the top? Can someone please post pictures of where you access them. I dont want to cut a hole to get to them.

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Old 09-22-2013, 07:07 AM   #2
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The rear shocks don't require access from above.
They connect differently than the fronts. Each rear shock should have two upper nuts and you access them from underneath.... I didn't even have to take my wheel off when I did mine. Have you even crawled underneath to have a look at them? Have you sprayed the nuts with PB or similar? If so, you would know they"re pretty easy to access, remove and reinstall from below... unless the nuts are frozen.

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Old 09-22-2013, 07:51 AM   #3
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Yeah, I replaced mine in my garage with a couple of extensions on a ratchet wrench. X2 on the PB blaster.
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:52 AM   #4
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gold miner is spot on, and as long as you dont snap one of them off, thats all you'll need.

if you do snap one off, there are a couple ways to access the area. through the wheel well above the frame, helps if you have a body lift and may require lifting the body off the frame an inch or two. The other way is to remove the gas tank, which gives a ton of access room and gets the nylon tank out of the way incase you need to use a dremel or cut off tool

if you havent started yet, soak it with kroil, pb blaster, or liquid wrench several times before removing the shocks. I did it every other night for a week and still snapped two of them. you're in the rust belt, so i'd imagine yours wont spin right off and many people have snapped them off
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If yours are like mine, the heads of the bolts will be mostly gone, to the point I almost couldn't get a socket on it. It took kroil, and VERY judiciously applied heat to do the trick.

Now a fresh set of bolts live there...
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:05 PM   #6
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if youre not from the rust belt, all it will take is a ratchet and a few extensions ... very simple install .... now if they break , its a different story
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:32 PM   #7
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I just installed a new lift and had issues with rust. I bought nuts off and sprayed them with a straw connected to the nozzle through a 3/4 in crack between the frame and the body in the wheel well area. My tj had a little cutout in the body in that area. I took off the tires for better access and used a flashlight to see what I was spraying at. You can see the welded nuts an maybe 1/4 inch of the bolts sticking out past the welded nut in this notched out area between the frame and body.
I got impatient and tried to get the outer one out on the passenger side. Well it snapped right off, ugh. So after that I sprayed the crap out of them twice a day for 3 days. And then used my breaker bar again with a few 6 in extensions and a 13 mm socket and babied the heck out of them and got them all out without breaking. I would turn it maybe a 1/8 or 1/4 inch then spray again with wd40 and wait a few minutes by moving on to the next one and then turn it the same until eventually they came out. I tell you patients is definetely the solution on this install. I deffinetelly did not need to break any more. But I think the wd40 did alot more than the nuts off to tell you the truth.
But I fixed the one I broke with drilling a 1/4 inch hole through the brokenn piece of the stock bolt almost all the way through, then I bought a 8mm x1.25mm x 1 inch fender bolt I think it was called with a pointed tip from Lowes (I was really looking for a self tapping bolt of that size, but had no luck) and drove it in the oblonged hole that was left after drilling because I did not have the best anle of attack because of the exhaust pipe. So I might of drilled a bit of the nut too? But I drove that new pointed bolt in with a wratchet and it grabbed nicely! Got lucky!

So good luck and be patient, because the fixes (the correct fixes) are a lot of hard work!
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The front shocks gave me problems as well. The little 1/4in piece of the tip twisted and broke off inside my adjustable wrench as I was taking the 15mm nut off the top of the upper shock mount. I had soaked these as well for 3 days with nuts off and used a small wire brush to get some of the rust off the stud.
So, confused as normal, I was debating all kinds of things for cutting off the stud under the nut. But with limited access I ended up using a 1/4in drill bit from oreillys and drilled one side of the nut in the middle yet closer to the bottom, all the way through the stud and back out the other side of the nut. The new drill bit went through it with hardly no effort at all. Then I turned the shock an drilled on the next side of the nut and then the next side of the nut until the shock litterally fell off! I was impressed how easy that was, as oppossed to cuting it out!
Just some thoughts; hope installing new shocks goes smoother for you than me! Good luck!!
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:54 PM   #9
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Well I broke one of the bolts so I'm going to drill the rest out and replace with new bolts
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:00 PM   #10
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Lift the body a few inchs cut the old nuts out and put new stronger bolt and nuts in and use a small drop of gear oil on them to help keep them from rusting. Yes its more work but the nuts are proble getting bad and they will proble all snap next time u try amd undo them all 4 of my bolts snapped and mines and 03 just make sure the new stuff is tight with lock washers
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:13 PM   #11
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I may just buy a body lift since I'm lifting the body
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:45 PM   #12
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I ground down a cut off wheel that would fit through the big middle hole and simply cut the nut off. Luckily I have a 1" body lift, so it was an easy job.. After that I used my air impact on the lowest setting to break the rest of them loose.. It takes a while that way, but the lowest setting won't break em off..
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:15 PM   #13
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Awesome solution Rubicondon53, never thought about that one!
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:59 PM   #14
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The top nut on the front shocks? I don't even bother with them .. Just get the bottoms out, compress the shock enough to clear the brake lines and caliper, then pull and lift the shock outward till the top shaft snaps off... easy as pie..
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:37 PM   #15
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I ended up cutting the front tops off worked great lol
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:12 PM   #16
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I may just buy a body lift since I'm lifting the body
exactly why i waited to install my shocks untill i was ready to throw the body lift on .... broke a bolt, jacked the body off the frame a good 5" and had plenty of room to work with an angle grinder

and had half the work done for the body lift
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:24 AM   #17
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Did you have to remove all the bolts to jack the body up?
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:56 PM   #18
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One side off, the other side loosened. Mine were die grinder'ed off this summer and there now resides a lock washer and nut.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:19 PM   #19
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Omg what a pain in the ass that was
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:52 PM   #20
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replaced my rear shocks.

Had to cut off all four nuts. Never again!
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:58 PM   #21
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So did I!!! Had to cit access panels to get to the nuts
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Dropping the gas tank takes an extra 30 min, but gives a ton of access to the welded in nuts

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