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Old 07-24-2011, 07:03 AM
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great post!! this saved me sometime trying to figure out what size sockets and wrench that i was going to need. Only a couple things i did different was i used a universal joint style adapter on the end on my 15mm to take the bracket nuts off worked good for me. Great job again Rock crawler
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:04 PM
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great post!! this saved me sometime trying to figure out what size sockets and wrench that i was going to need. Only a couple things i did different was i used a universal joint style adapter on the end on my 15mm to take the bracket nuts off worked good for me. Great job again Rock crawler
Glad it helped! I can see where the u-joint would help. It can be tight in there.
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:29 PM
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Thanks for the post and for all the info. I think I will try and install mine this weekend. I just bought some KYB MonoMax shocks to help out the ride control.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:09 PM
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Thanks for the post and for all the info. I think I will try and install mine this weekend. I just bought some KYB MonoMax shocks to help out the ride control.
Post up if you run into any issues! Or send me a PM I'll help ya that way to.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:33 PM
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Haven't got'er done yet. Too many other things seem to come up. I'll try to get the rears on tonight if I can. The fronts will probably have to wait until next week...:-(
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:54 PM
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I'm replacing my shocks. The back went on no problem. The front shocks I seem to be having trouble getting the top nut to come loose. The shock seems to be spinning with it. Any ideas?
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:59 PM
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If the shaft is spinning you will need to use a 3/8 (or 9mm) wrench on the top part and the other wrench to loosen the nut.

Do you have any air tools to use?
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:34 PM
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rockcrawler, Great write up (I copied it back in Feb). Probably a dumb question, but are you having to jack up the truck at all when you change them?
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:53 PM
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rockcrawler, Great write up (I copied it back in Feb). Probably a dumb question, but are you having to jack up the truck at all when you change them?
Thanks!

I jacked up the front a few inches to take a little pressure off but it is really not needed.
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Old 09-04-2011, 03:07 AM
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I finally did all four today! It went pretty well, I didn't have to remove any batteries or airbox or tubes. I didn't jack it up at all and it was fine. It would have went faster, but I kept stopping for football breaks. ;-) I installed KYB Monomax and I really like the improved ride and control. Thanks RockCrawler!!
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Old 09-04-2011, 06:46 PM
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Neat stuff. Thanks again.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:11 AM
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Any time guys! Just glad it has helped a few so far
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:33 AM
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Thanks for the write up. I finally got all 4 of my shocks replaced. The rear I had done before and are very easy. The front kept giving me issues that were minor but I finally got them done after about 4 hours. Top nut was the hardest part to get off. I used vice grips on the shaft through the wheel well to get it to stop turning. Oh 30 minutes of the time I spent looking for the rubber spacer that I dropped into the engine block and it didn't fall through.

But its done....thanks again.
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Excellent advice. Just installed Bilstein 5100's and went almost perfect.
Unless you count a broken socket and having to track down a breaker bar to get the #$^#! lower shock bolts loose
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:16 PM
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Excellent advice. Just installed Bilstein 5100's and went almost perfect.
Unless you count a broken socket and having to track down a breaker bar to get the #$^#! lower shock bolts loose
Great to hear.

Broken sockets are never fun!
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