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changing rear shocks ???

its been awhile since i have changed shocks i am going to change the rear shocks. i know i am going to remove the spare do i jack the rear end up at the axel or from the frame i know dumb question. i guess the better question what are the steps to change the shocks out

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Support @ the frame so the shocks would be extended.
I didn't have to take off the spare.

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great floor jack if i raise by the frame i don't have to get the wheels off the ground do i. i was going to put jackstand under the axel just in case

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yea I am changing mine this week. Hmm seems easy enough


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No need for jacks or stands. simply unbolt the shocks and compress them with your hands and remove them.

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really how hard will it be to install the new ones that way

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lmao thats funny id do if i had one
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really how hard will it be to install the new ones that way
It was tough for me to compress Bilsteins up even in that pic position.
However, I'm not the toughest guy so you may manege to do it.

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lmao thats funny id do if i had one
It was very convenient changing shocks & shackles.
I don't have the access any more.

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Ahh I think itd still be easier to just throw a jack under your hitch, but who knows...we used to lift our buddies little civic up with the forklift and move it behind the trash container


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Ahh I think itd still be easier to just throw a jack under your hitch, but who knows...we used to lift our buddies little civic up with the forklift and move it behind the trash container
A jack under the hitch may not be stable.
I don't recommend.

I thought Civic would fit in the trash container though....

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Haha it would have, we kept a trash trailer out there...and his civic was a piece of trash

I think itd be alright, but hey, whats medical insurance for?


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I changed mine to reflexes without jacking also. Old ones just unbolted, and the reflexes had a nylon strap holding them together. I attached the shock at the top loosely, cut the strap and directed the lower part of the shock into the lower bracket as it expanded. Then I used a screw driver to pry up on the shock a bit and slid in the lower bolt.

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I changed mine to reflexes without jacking also. Old ones just unbolted, and the reflexes had a nylon strap holding them together. I attached the shock at the top loosely, cut the strap and directed the lower part of the shock into the lower bracket as it expanded. Then I used a screw driver to pry up on the shock a bit and slid in the lower bolt.
EXACTLY. That is how I have always done it. I dont use a screwdriver I just grab the body of the shock and push as I slide in the bolt. It is way faster than messing with a jack. The old shocks will move very freely but the new ones will be hard to compress but still managable. have been doing it this way since I was a skinny High School Boy.

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Just did my shocks front and rear this past week. No jacking, just unbolt (lots of penatrating oil on the bolts) and compress by hand.

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thanks for all the input it has just been awhile since i have changed shocks i quess this is my next project the truck has 43000 miles but the last time i towed is just isnt riding the same and it has been around here 101 degrees so maybe it is just the heat

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I changed my rear shocks with Reflex’s also. I didn’t need to remove the spare or jack up anything. What the people on here are saying is true. not too hard!

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I did mine as well. I didn't use any jacks. I did one at a tiem and just compressed by hand. I did Blisteins with no problems.
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this info is great to know i thought is was going to be a hard task does not sound to bad at all

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