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Old 03-24-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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what up peeps. i just got some new trail master shocks and need to install them. i never put shocks on a vehicle before so i was hoping someone could give me a run down on how to do it right. the shocks are just replacements, no lift or anything. anyway thanks in advance.

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PS. forgot to say its a 2004 wrangler

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Old 03-24-2011, 08:59 PM   #2
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jack it up the rear, take the tires off, unbolt the old shocks and install the new ones, put the tires back on, and repeat on the front.

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Before you get started, get a can of PB Blaster and hose the bolts down everyday a few times a day for a few days if you think rust will be a problem. This especially goes for the upper bolts on the rear. I can't imagine trying to drill out a busted bolt up there with as little space as there is up there to work with. If you remove the plastic shrouds in the rear wheel wells then you will have better access to the top of those upper bolts (they are only fastened on with those Xmas tree plastic fasteners that are super cheap to replace). I also think its easier to remove the respective wheels, it just gives you more room to work.
You'll need a 15mm and an 18mm socket for the rear lower bolts and a 13mm on a long extension for the rear upper bolts.
I believe the front lower bolts are a 13mm also. For the front upper, I would get a shock nut removal tool. They are a socket inside of a socket if you will. They cost about $8-$14 and can be found at O'Reillys, Quadratec, or JCW. This tool is a genius solution to the piss poor design that the industry decided to use at the top of our shock mounts. My biggest advice is to soak the hell out of all the bolts first with PB Blaster (accept no substitute, wd40 and liquid wrench pale in comparison).
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thanks guys. someone told me i had to do some shit with the ball joints up front, but i guess thats not the case. hopefuly i'll get it done sometime this weekend.
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I just replaced my ball joints over the last 2 weekends. I had never replaced them before but decided to do them myself because the local shops were telling me it was going to cost at least $1000. I got the best ones I could find (XRF's) for about $130 total. I rented the tools from Autozone for free. There are some OUTSTANDING how-to videos from bleepinjeep on YouTube. I basically followed his instruction to the letter and didn't have any significant problem.
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thanks guys. someone told me i had to do some shit with the ball joints up front, but i guess thats not the case. hopefuly i'll get it done sometime this weekend.
Not to put shocks on .
Maybe they ment check them make sure there ok

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