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Old 04-16-2009, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default How to replace Rear shocks

Is there anything i need to know when replacing rear shocks, or is it real simple jack, and unbolt, rebolt?????? THANKS!
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:34 PM   #2
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Simple as that.

Use a little grease or vaseline on the rubber bushings and bolts. It helps and keeps it quiet.
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You have to take the top part of the back seat out to get to the top nuts.The lower bolts are easy to get tho.
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You dont have to jack the car up if your under 200 lbs, just slide under the gas tank lol. Watch though b/c old rusted shocks might spin so a second hand might be needed.
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COOL thanks guys for the help!! Will bang out this weekend.
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Old 05-10-2009, 06:47 PM   #6
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Hey Guys, i am actually in the middle of the shocks right now. I got the bolts off with a little help from my son, but my question is do i need to remove the the plate under the leaf spring to get the shock out? Or can i somehow remove it without unbolting that plate? Thanks!
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Don't unbolt that plate!!

If you're supporting the car via the rear axle and you unbolt that plate then your car will drop on you. Just compress the shock upwards so the bottom stud comes out of the shock mount plate on the axle. It might take some elbow grease, and putting the new ones in if they're stiff might take a LOT of elbow grease.
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yeah DONT UNBOLT. pust the shock up, it wont be that hard to do especially if they really need replacing
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Thanks guys, i didn't think that needed to come off, like you said some elbow grease and they were out pretty easy. The only thing i am questioning is how the heck do you tighten the top shock bolts? Do i literally need to put the top of the actual shock under the car in a vise grip?
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Thanks guys, i didn't think that needed to come off, like you said some elbow grease and they were out pretty easy. The only thing i am questioning is how the heck do you tighten the top shock bolts? Do i literally need to put the top of the actual shock under the car in a vise grip?
They don't need a lot of torque, just have your helper hold the shock with bare hands while you tighten the top nut.
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