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Old 11-07-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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removing rear shocks 97 TJ

Was looking at my rear shocks on 97 TJ - need to replace them but how do you get to the top bolts.. Are the nuts welded in cause I cant see how you get a wrench on them.

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Old 11-07-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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Crawl in the wheel weel and look at the frame. On my 97 and I found holes in which I could get a wrench on the bolt in there. Easy to get in there since Im lifted, not sure in your case, may have to take the wheel off? I could snap some pics tomorrow in the day light.

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Old 11-07-2011, 05:31 PM   #3
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Loooooooooooong extension. They are bolted, with welded pockets no worries about loosing nuts here. Pass side is a booger if u have a skid plate tho. Should be a 14mm (tighter fit then the. 9/16 if there a lil rusty you don't want to strip head)

Also... Cleaning your undercarriage helps not get dust/dirt/mud/rocks/exc in your eyes ha.
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:46 PM   #4
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Loooooooooooong extension. They are bolted, with welded pockets no worries about loosing nuts here. Pass side is a booger if u have a skid plate tho. Should be a 14mm (tighter fit then the. 9/16 if there a lil rusty you don't want to strip head)

Also... Cleaning your undercarriage helps not get dust/dirt/mud/rocks/exc in your eyes ha.
So mine were broken or something then? I didnt have em welded. I had bolts I had to hold with a wrench...well my wife held em.
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:45 AM   #5
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So mine were broken or something then? I didnt have em welded. I had bolts I had to hold with a wrench...well my wife held em.
Cudos to the wife! Glad to know you were able to get them out. Sometimes when there nut and bolted its a job and a half to work with.
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I had my tank out when I replaced them, and a 1" body lift. I don't remember if I had to hold the nuts or not, but I think they were welded in.
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:31 AM   #7
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Lots of penetrating oil and a long socket extension. That and the ability to contort your body should work. Did mine a few months ago and had no issues.
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On a jeep, one can never have too many extensions. A universal/swivel adapter or two is especially helpful.
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:25 PM   #9
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This job sucks. Rear shocks on a TJ are not fun.
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So mine were broken or something then? I didnt have em welded. I had bolts I had to hold with a wrench...well my wife held em.
BAH you think thats bad? lol my passenger side rear was like yours but the drivers side the PO broke the head off the bolt (above the gas tank) and left it there so its been in there for years lol, and then just welded the upper bracket in, i have yet to drop the gas tank and get it out so i have 3 new shocks lol!

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im installing a 3 inch lift on my tj aand im replacing the rear shocks the top bolts are horrible i have 2 out 1 bolt on each shock and the other 2 are rounded and cant even get them out with a bolt extractor any one who has done this also knows there is no room for a cut off wheel to make a slot in the head any advice any one?
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:24 PM   #12
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Can u get a picture. I no what ur talking about but if I could c it i might have a idea on what to do
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:34 PM   #13
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Did my front shocks last weekend and planning on the rears this weekend, not so sure I am looking forward to the process after reading these posts.

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