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Old 06-23-2014, 09:09 AM
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Front shock removal/replacement

I am going to replace all 4 of my shocks, but I was looking at the way that the front shocks mount and was wondering what tools were needed to get to the nut on the top of front shocks? I know that I have to hold the very top captive with a crescent or other wrench to keep it from spinning when loosening the nut, but I am not sure what wrench I would need to get to the top nut as nut is in a well if you will looking from the outside looking in towards the mount from the wheel well. What is the best wrench/method of getting this nut loosened.

Will this work? I hope so as I just bought it

Lisle Shock Absorber Tool
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:01 PM
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I just did all four shocks on my truck yesterday. The top should just be an 18mm nut. I didn't need any special tools, just a socket and ratchet along with some wd-40 penetrating spray.

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He is 2x4. You have a 4x4. I use gear wrenches. But two regular wrenches will work but takes a while. Wd-40 every nut and bolt a few time a day or so before the job starts. I've also used vice grips on the shaft only on the old on tho.
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He is 2x4. You have a 4x4. I use gear wrenches. But two regular wrenches will work but takes a while. Wd-40 every nut and bolt a few time a day or so before the job starts. I've also used vice grips on the shaft only on the old on tho.
Ahh okay that makes more sense. I can't see sigs and whatnot on my phone. Sorry

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Wirer brush the threads if rusted also helps, then use penetrant spray.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:40 PM
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He is 2x4. You have a 4x4. I use gear wrenches. But two regular wrenches will work but takes a while. Wd-40 every nut and bolt a few time a day or so before the job starts. I've also used vice grips on the shaft only on the old on tho.
I have applied Kroil to all nuts. I ordered the Lile shock absorber tool as it looks like it will make the job a little easier. Back shocks look to be pretty easy. Just drop the back tire to get easier access. I am not a gear head, but I am trying to do more of my own work when I feel that I can these days.

Thanks for the tips. I will hit the bolts with the Kroil a few more times before the weekend.
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