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Old 02-15-2012, 05:31 PM   #1
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Question 2012 front shock removal..

REF: 2012 JKU-Sport

How the hell did you get to the front shock, top nut (red item)! There is a black piece of hard-plastic (see arrow) in front of the damn thing!

I know I am going to get roasted for this question
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Hold the top (below cushion) with a opened end and use a ratcheting wrench on the top nut.
Vice grips work also

Oh wait... Didn't see that plastic. Can you get a wrench on the top nut? Hold that and turn the shock itself.

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Hold the top (below cushion) with a opened end and use a ratcheting wrench on the top nut.
Vice grips work also

Oh wait... Didn't see that plastic. Can you get a wrench on the top nut? Hold that and turn the shock itself.
That black hard-plastic part blocks access, unless I grind out some of the plastic
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:50 PM   #4
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That black hard-plastic part blocks access, unless I grind out some of the plastic
I replaced mine by just taking a dremel tool and cut out a "small" window to reach in with the allen wrench. Also needed to bend the allen so it would fit under the plastic that is right above the shock stem. I just used a cheezy wrench I had that was easy to bend.
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That black hard-plastic part blocks access, unless I grind out some of the plastic
I was able to remove the top nut without cutting the plastic and without a ratcheting box wrench. Although a little stubbon on my part a ratcheting box wrench would've been easier.

Insert the box wrench through the forward portion of the wheel well (where your arrow is) hold it there.

Place a wrench on the nut just above the shock cover and turn it while holding the top nut. The piston will spin, the top nut will loosen and you'll be able to remove the shock.

Do worry the top nut isn't tight.
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I was able to remove the top nut without cutting the plastic and without a ratcheting box wrench. Although a little stubbon on my part a ratcheting box wrench would've been easier.

Insert the box wrench through the forward portion of the wheel well (where your arrow is) hold it there.

Place a wrench on the nut just above the shock cover and turn it while holding the top nut. The piston will spin, the top nut will loosen and you'll be able to remove the shock.

Do worry the top nut isn't tight.
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A 2-yo could have done a better design than this

And in case U have not seen this thread : http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/the...ts-128154.html

I have ordered the bolt-set referenced in this link, as the "clunk" noise in the rear of my Jeep (after the install of an adj trackbar, following a lift) is attributed to the "stock bolt size" of the trackbar!

Damn, what POOR engineering
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A 2-yo could have done a better design than this

And in case U have not seen this thread : http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/the...ts-128154.html

I have ordered the bolt-set referenced in this link, as the "clunk" noise in the rear of my Jeep (after the install of an adj trackbar, following a lift) is attributed to the "stock bolt size" of the trackbar!

Damn, what POOR engineering
Agreed on all points!

If you think the top shock nut is tough to get to...I found one that's worse than that...it's the nut on center band clamp on the exhaust. The clamp is tack welded to the pipe and the nut is on top against the floorboard/frame. The must have tightened the clamp on the assembly line without the body on. I gave up on that one!!!

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A 2-yo could have done a better design than this

And in case U have not seen this thread : http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/the...ts-128154.html

I have ordered the bolt-set referenced in this link, as the "clunk" noise in the rear of my Jeep (after the install of an adj trackbar, following a lift) is attributed to the "stock bolt size" of the trackbar!

Damn, what POOR engineering
Good move Wilee.

Very easy install
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Agreed on all points!

If you think the top shock nut is tough to get to...I found one that's worse than that...it's the nut on center band clamp on the exhaust. The clamp is tack welded to the pipe and the nut is on top against the floorboard/frame. The must have tightened the clamp on the assembly line without the body on. I gave up on that one!!!
I needed a cut-off wheel and a sawzall to remove one of my front shocks
That night sucked
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Agreed on all points!

If you think the top shock nut is tough to geto...I found one that's worse than that...it's the nut on center band clamp on the exhaust. The clamp is tack welded to the pipe and the nut is on top against the floorboard/frame. The must have tightened the clamp on the assembly line without the body on. I gave up on that one!!!
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That means, after the hell of replacing my F-shocks, and the bolt replacemen/cost ( The Importance of changing out stock bolts!!), I have hell to go thru to add the exhaust extensions

Again, a 2-yo could have done a better job on design
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That means, after the hell of replacing my F-shocks, and the bolt replacemen/cost, I have hell to go thru to add the exhaust extensions

Again, a 2-yo could have done a better job on design
Well no, not exactly...I was being pretty anal when I installed my exhaust extensions and tried to get them as even as possible to prevent leaks. I ended up completely removing the exhaust from all the hangers except one of the two on the muffler. This gave me the swing I needed to get the extensions as straight as possible. Although not necessary, the extensions will go in will a little prying once the 4 flange bolts are removed without dropping the exhaust. I just wanted them lined up as best as I could.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:51 PM   #13
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Willee:

Photo of open-ended wrench on the shock nut. No problems fitting, you just gotta angle it a little. Once you get it on the nut, try turning the shock itself to loosen everything up. Your Jeep is new enough that you shouldn't have a problem with sticking...

Like kjeep suffered through.

You'll find a bunch of these little aggravations when you do your own wrenching. Just remember, as long as the final product works, you're good. All sorts of crap has to be trashed for an install, inside and outside of your Jeep.

Adaptability is key.

You'll cuss, though.

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Not looking to hijack thread but I have a question related to front shock removal on a 2012 JKUR. Im going to order the 2inch AEV spacer kit. I know you have to remove back shocks to mount extensions but fronts only get extension brackets on the bottoms of the shocks. Do you have to remove the shocks or can you just disconnect bottom bolts and compress the shock out of the way to mount the extensions. Id like to avoid taking the shocks out because of that difficult top nut.

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I needed a cut-off wheel and a sawzall to remove one of my front shocks
That night sucked
Whoa, you got the shocks????

Results???? Was I semi right????


And Willie, the front shocks are biotches. The plastic actually folds toward the wheel, we pulled it and slid hand under it to reach the nut. Edit: Hand was basically in engine bay.
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Not looking to hijack thread but I have a question related to front shock removal on a 2012 JKUR. Im going to order the 2inch AEV spacer kit. I know you have to remove back shocks to mount extensions but fronts only get extension brackets on the bottoms of the shocks. Do you have to remove the shocks or can you just disconnect bottom bolts and compress the shock out of the way to mount the extensions. Id like to avoid taking the shocks out because of that difficult top nut.

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Bottom bolts can be removed without removing the top PIA nut...shocks will compress easy.
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This looks like the Drivers side image which is cake compared to the Passengers side.
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Whoa, you got the shocks????

Results???? Was I semi right????

And Willie, the front shocks are biotches. The plastic actually folds toward the wheel, we pulled it and slid hand under it to reach the nut. Edit: Hand was basically in engine bay.
Not yet

That was the night of the lift install, using the worthless extensions
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This looks like the Drivers side image which is cake compared to the Passengers side.
Yes, passenger side is worse than drivers. You basically have the width of a dime to put a wrench through to hold nut.
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Bottom bolts can be removed without removing the top PIA nut...shocks will compress easy.
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This looks like the Drivers side image which is cake compared to the Passengers side.
Passenger side photo.
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I used a dremel and removed a few of those plastic webbing pieces
I figured if I kept this jeep long enough
I would have to access it again

Once removed its easy to get a normal
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Thumbs up Me too.......

.... I'm putting the dremel to work on the black plastic and open up a path for now and the furure, as I paln to have her a long time
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The Dremel was quick and easy.
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