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Old 06-16-2008, 07:39 PM   #1
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Replacing rear shocks

Replacing my shocks this weekend. Is there anything i need to remove to reach the upper bolts on the rear shocks or just jack up the rear end and go at it?

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Old 06-16-2008, 08:00 PM   #2
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Just go at it. I like to start a few days in advance with a can of PB blaster. Soak those bolts down at least 2 times before removal. Spray them from the top of the cross member to make it easier for removal.

I take the lower axle bolt out first and then work out the tops. I use 47 3" extension with an assortment of different 13mm sockets to make removal easy. If you don't have extensions then buy them. You will thank me later.

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Thanks Mr C. I will start soaking the bolts tomorrow
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:12 PM   #4
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i didn“t jack up the jeep before i changed the shocks.
it works without demounting the tires.
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Jack it up and take off the wheels. no need to work around them when it takes seconds to take them off. I just did this a few weeks ago, working around the wheels would be pointless. a spring compressor helps too, but isn't necessary...
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what do you do with a spring compressor when you only want to change the shocks...???
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:33 PM   #7
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what do you do with a spring compressor when you only want to change the shocks...???




I think i mite like to hear this story
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:59 PM   #8
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You put the spring compressor on the outside of the body and then around the inside of the tire to pull the top of the wheel away from the spring so that you can reach up into the area where the top shock bolts are without removing the tire. Of course make sure you put some rubber between the body and the metal on the body so that you don't damage the body. There is usually plenty of rubber on the tire as long as you don't get down onto the rim. Don't explode the tire with the spring compressor from cranking it down to hard with an air gun.
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work with the tires on the ground. I rather do the shocks knowing the jeep wont fall on accident


remove the lower bolt first so then you can "bend" the shock left and right.
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Old 06-17-2008, 05:56 AM   #10
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X4 on the PB for a few days ahead of time, I also sprung for a 3ft extension after I did my first set, that used every 3/8 and 1/2 extension w/a half to 3/8 adapter that I had in the box. I've only done it as part of installing a lift kit so the jeep was on jackstands. Oh, have a trouble lite handy, it's dark up there...

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