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Old 05-03-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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Changing shocks on a 90 YJ

Ordered new shocks, should be coming Monday, any step by step directions and tips/tricks would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Start soaking the bolts with pb blaster now and everyday until then. It'll help!!!

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Start soaking the bolts with pb blaster now and everyday until then. It'll help!!!
Cannot stress this enough. Soak in PB blaster, wait a few minutes, then tap the bolt woth a rubber mallet or hammer over and over to vibrate it down into the threads. It will also help to soak it right before driving, especially somewhere bumpy!

Also invest in (or borrow) a good, long breaker bar.
Are you only replacing the shocks, or are you going to do the springs too?
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you guys forgot to mention the BEER!
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you guys forgot to mention the BEER!
I know I'm in the minority, but I personally prefer not to mix intoxicants with large steel contraptions that could crush me.
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Agreed, the beer is for after the work is done!!! Or well, about done
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:45 AM   #7
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Shock bolts shouldn't be that tight. I generally use nothing more than a 10" 3/8" drive ratchet handle on them. I wouldn't even jack up the vehicle. Just unbolt, pull them, then compress the new shocks by hand until
They are the correct length to bolt up. It's a 10 minute job to do all four.
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Shock bolts shouldn't be that tight. I generally use nothing more than a 10" 3/8" drive ratchet handle on them. I wouldn't even jack up the vehicle. Just unbolt, pull them, then compress the new shocks by hand until
They are the correct length to bolt up. It's a 10 minute job to do all four.

Must be from one of those states that can't figure out what rust is.
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I did all 4 of mine here in Florida in about an hour. It's pretty straightforward. I did use an impact gun to get mine off though and I replaced with all new Grade 8 hardware.
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I know I'm in the minority, but I personally prefer not to mix intoxicants with large steel contraptions that could crush me.
Do whatever you are comfortable with. This is a very laid back job that doesn't
Even require jacking up of the vehicle.
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Beer usually helps with the removal of rusted fasteners.
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My jeep was built with the help of beer ; ))
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My jeep was built with the help of beer ; ))
I can't figure out if the problem is the beer that built it, or the beer that broke it. It's kind of a conumdrum.
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Can a TJ or jk shocks fit on my 92 yj?
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Can a TJ or jk shocks fit on my 92 yj?
If the mounting stud and internal diameter of the bushing is the same, they will work if the lengths are the same. Valving may be different for the coil spring tj's and jk's though.
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i agree with squarelite and dennis, not a big job 2 bolts per shock, if the top one is to rusted to come off then cut it, new ones usually come with a nut. And like squarelite said i wouldnt jack it up either, put on lower bolt roughly line up top then cut strap and as it goes up put the top stud in its hole.
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You're right, putting them together is easy. And no need to jack up except for a little extra room. But if you live in a state known for lots of snow...causing salt on roads.... causing lots of rust to any parts underneath/ unlike FL, CA and most likely KY. I would prepare for a battle on lower bolts, they like to freeze to the lower shock sleeve. The nuts are no issue, just get new hardware. And the tops, same thing if they're frozen, cut them off.

I hope that all goes well for you. I just replaced a set on a 95, and spent 4hrs fighting every one of the lower bolts. But, I am from MN. And things tend to rust around here.
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This is the first repair I tried myself. My Husband was my guide but he did have to lend a hand to remove one that rusted
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The rest was pretty straightforward.
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I think TJ shocks will probably fit, however I'm not sure what the differences in length are.

Why not just put on shocks for a YJ?

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