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Old 06-09-2012, 04:43 AM
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Installing front shock question

Quick question. I'm installing new Bilstiens on the front of my 2005 F350. They came with lock nuts. There is no way to hold the shaft from turning while trying to tighten the locknut. The old Ranchos had a nut under the mount. Shockwarehouse sold me part number 24-186674 for the front which appears to be the correct one. Can I switch the nut to a grade 8 nut without the nylock and use some loctite?

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Old 06-09-2012, 04:49 AM
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I always just hold the top of the shock with a pair of channel locks when there isn't a wrench slot. Done carefully and it works fine without boogering anything up.

Using a standard nut and locktite would work but I don't think it's necessary.
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I always just hold the top of the shock with a pair of channel locks when there isn't a wrench slot. Done carefully and it works fine without boogering anything up.

Using a standard nut and locktite would work but I don't think it's necessary.
I should have looked closer. The very end of the shaft is hex shaped for an allen key. I'll post a pic later. Off to Ace Hardware, it's one size I don't have.

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Old 06-09-2012, 04:58 AM
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It's takes a 6mm Allen Wrench to hold the shaft in place. Then you can tighten down the nut.
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I would have been done and driving down the road already.

J/K. Glad you figured it out. I have never installed bilstiens. Figures they would make it more complicated than it needs to be.
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Lol I had this same problem when I did mine. I was getting pretty irritated until I finally figured it out.
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I always just hold the top of the shock with a pair of channel locks when there isn't a wrench slot. Done carefully and it works fine without boogering anything up.
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I would have been done and driving down the road already.
Sounds like a great way to destroy the threads... good advise. Have fun trying to get the nut off next time you want to replace your shocks... But then you'd probably just take a torch or SawzAll to it...
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I never said to hold it by the threads. Guess I could have been a little bit more clear on that. And no I am not a hack.
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Sounds like a great way to destroy the threads... good advise. Have fun trying to get the nut off next time you want to replace your shocks... But then you'd probably just take a torch or SawzAll to it...
I put my bilsteins on my dodge I used to have the same way he described and there is plenty of room to hold it and not damage the threads

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My Bilsteins are threaded all the way to the top, no room to grab without destroying threads. So I was just going by the ones I have. Sorry to offend.
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