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Old 05-04-2014, 11:49 AM
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Shock install Problems

I recently purchased a set of Bilstein 4600's. I have my old shocks off and I am having a real problem getting the new one's on. First I though, I could put it on enough to get the nut started and then me wrenching would get it on the rest of the way. That didn't work because I can't get it on enough. I tried beating it with a hammer to get it started and that didn't work. Please, any suggestions? I am wanting to finish out the front and rear this weekend and so far all I have done is take off the rear.
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Old 05-04-2014, 11:56 AM
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Sorry, getting the new ones installed on the stud on the truck for the top hole is where I am having the trouble. Also, it seems like the new shocks are longer than the old shocks.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:36 AM
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Having trouble with front, rear or both? So the bolt isn't going all the way through? That's because the shock is trying to expand, and the grommet in the shock is not lining up with the holes in the hanger/mount. DON'T try to beat it; you're just beating the bolt against the flange of the hanger/mount. Try putting a ratchet strap around the shock, then you can cinch it down to where both holes line up, put both bolts through, spin the nuts on, then release the straps. With the front, if you have the bolt started, try prying down on the top of the shock and wiggling the bolt until it goes through the other flange.

Don't sweat the length; old shock is probably just worn. Ride height it set by the springs and their hangers/shackles.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:32 PM
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I don't swap shocks very often but a shock that is too long won't get short enough when the suspension bottoms at full travel. Are you sure you have the correct shock?

And as madpogue suggests, the new shocks may have some pressurization (that is meant to keep the air out of the dampening oil) that may be causing a bolt-to-hole misalignment.

Is the vehicle being supported by the frame and the suspension at full droop or is the vehicle being supported by the axles?
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The truck is most likely on the ground. That's the way most of us (that is, those of us without a shop, lift, etc) do our shocks. So a stock shock will need to be compressed to be installed.
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