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Level II Bilsteins... having trouble installing

Ok guys, i know i don't post much but i got a question for u all... I've been working on my shocks since 3 and its 9 now, so im a lil frustrated so sorry for any confusion here. Im having a hard time tightening down my front shocks, the cylinder keeps spinning as we tighten. There is no nut to grab on to like the factory shocks to keep it from spinning, and the bottom is tightened down tight. Im frustrated as hell right now, so Any help would be great here guys, its getting late, and im tired lol

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whats the top of the threaded piece have on the shock? it usually square put a cressant wrench on that then use a normal wrench to tighten it.

edit- top of the shock where the threads start. there should be a place to grab it there.
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use a big lockjaw or something to hold the shock from moving, try to use a soft tuch so you dont bend it
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Snap-on and several other tool manf. make a socket to fit the top of the stud which is turned while you hold the nut with a wrench.

Only other way is as Zach stated above, place either a small open end wrench or cressent wrench on the two small flats on the top of the stud and hold it there while you turn the nut down. Its a PITA but can be done.
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NO, don't use pliers, you'll mess up the rod!!!

The top of the post is machined to fit an (5 or 5.5mm I beleive) allen wrench.
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Thanks Guys... we got them on there Took forever tho (3-10 with other comlications along the way)... did what Zach said, but tried to find that allen wrench spot first (tried to take the easier way lol) good thing i had a buddy to help me and hold that cressant wrench while i used an open end wrench to tighten or else i woulda been screwed lol Thanks again guys, i really appreciate it
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when i put mine on, at first i had that trouble with the front, but then i looked at the other. We hadn't put that one on yet so we got a good view of it. i just put the allen key in the slot, and let the fender wells keep it from moving, that way my buddy could still feel his fingers.

Did your truck lift up at all after installing them?


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