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What tools do I need to replace my front & rear shocks?

What tools do I need to replace my front & rear shocks?

Postby JBartoletti [OP] » Feb 15 2012, 2:26pm

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I've replaced shocks before (on a car) and it was relatively easy...had the help of my pops for guidance since he's a big car guy but did a lot of the work myself. I want to replace the front and rear shocks in my truck now and I thought I read somewhere that compressing the spring with a rental spring compressor isn't a good idea. True, not true? Is this even necessary? Seems like a lot of you guys do it on your own so that's why I'm wondering. I'll probably be going with the Bilstein 5100s so I'll have to remove the leveling kit when I do.
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Re: What tools do I need to replace my front & rear shocks?

Postby WingNut » Feb 15 2012, 2:42pm

It should be easier than a car since there is more room in the wheel wells. All you'll need are wrenches and a 1/2" drive socket set. And some copper paste (anti-sieze).
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Re: What tools do I need to replace my front & rear shocks?

Postby StarsnBars » Feb 15 2012, 2:47pm

Jack up the front just enough to take the load off, tires just touching. I would leave the level kit on with the new shocks. Shouldnt be a problem..
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Re: What tools do I need to replace my front & rear shocks?

Postby JBartoletti [OP] » Feb 15 2012, 3:02pm

I was told to take the leveling kit off if I'm getting the ride height adjustable shocks since the shocks can essentially do the job of the leveling kit...
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Re: What tools do I need to replace my front & rear shocks?

Postby StarsnBars » Feb 15 2012, 3:20pm

Either or,,, leaveing the level kit on would reduce the load on the shocks. But thats what the Bilstiens are made to do. So. Kinda up to you.
This is a interesting thread. I was thinking about adding the Bilstiens with my 2 inch RC kit. I would love to gain another 1/2 in or so, but didnt want to spring for the shocks if they didnt achieve this.
Can you get some measuresments of height and post? Top of wheelwell to center cap of wheel please. Current RC kit numbers, then the new shock numbers.
If you were told to ditch the RC kit ( by who ? ) then You should probably do it. I dont want to be the cause of any problems for you J. See ya,,
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Re: What tools do I need to replace my front & rear shocks?

Postby JBartoletti [OP] » Feb 15 2012, 7:29pm

Someone noted that in another thread... Where did you get your Bilstein 5100's and how much?

Yeah, I'll get some measurements. I just ordered the shocks this morning. My leveling kit is just the 2" one from Rough Country...I actually ordered one thinking there was no way I'd already have one installed (bought the truck used from a private seller) and sure enough, when I went to put them on, I already had a set installed! Oh well, less work for me.

Ride adjustable Bilstein 5100 part numbers:
24-186940 fronts
24-186957 rears
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Re: What tools do I need to replace my front & rear shocks?

Postby devilray427 » Feb 16 2012, 4:12am

I'm also very interested in this post, I am looking into doing a shock replacement with the adjustable 5100's to level but I am concerned about the difficulty. Please keep us posted on how the install goes and what height you achieve with the 2'' RC and shocks or if you only install the shocks.

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Re: What tools do I need to replace my front & rear shocks?

Postby JBartoletti [OP] » Feb 16 2012, 5:36am

devilray427 wrote:I'm also very interested in this post, I am looking into doing a shock replacement with the adjustable 5100's to level but I am concerned about the difficulty. Please keep us posted on how the install goes and what height you achieve with the 2'' RC and shocks or if you only install the shocks.

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I'm pretty sure I'm only going to do the new shocks and then remove the leveling spacers. From my understanding, the leveling kit essentially creates a scenario where the shock itself has less room to 'travel' by acting as a spacer on the end of the mount. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. It's not exactly rocket science, however, I wouldn't consider myself a knowledgeable person when it comes to suspension components or anything with a vehicle for that matter. I have replaced various parts on vehicles in the past, nothing extreme...but from the posts in this thread, it sounds pretty straightforward.
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Re: What tools do I need to replace my front & rear shocks?

Postby JBartoletti [OP] » Feb 17 2012, 2:09am

So do I not need a spring compressor then??? I was reading some other threads online where guys were talking about a spring compressor but it doesn't seem like I need one? At least nobody has mentioned one.
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Re: What tools do I need to replace my front & rear shocks?

Postby devilray427 » Feb 17 2012, 2:14am

I have heard that its worth it to have a shop install the fronts, the rears are no problem. Today Meineke said they would install the fronts for 80 bucks if I brought the shocks to them. Seems well worth it
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