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Replacing rear shock ?

Hey guys, so since my rear shocks came in yesterday, i was wondering if anyone had any advice on the install.. maybe a write up link? [email protected]
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think it goes something like this....

unbolt, take off, put on, bolt up, grab beer, grab camera, take pictures, post them on ranger-forums.com

just like that
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also, where did u order the superlift shocks from? summit isn't lookin to get them until the 6th of aug.
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HAHA...yup...Blake just about covered it perfectly! lol.




Suggestions: unbolt from axle, then unbolt from frame, grab new shock, bolt to top mount, then bolt to bottom mount. Neat little tidbit of info that I looooved when I first found this out.....stock bottom bolts.....each side of the bolts are different sizes. lol.
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To get the old shocks out, shoot some WD-40 on the bushings. When I did mine the bolts were stuck on the bushings, so a little lube helped them slide right out.
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ya mine were kinda hard to get out i had to kinda go in a circular motion and it worked its self off of the stud.
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OH.....top of shock DOES NOT GET METAL SLEEVE. If the sleeve is on, it won't slide onto the frame bolt/stud.
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you gotta drain the shock coolant first...
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hahaha. thanks guys.. Feel like a total NOOOB lol..

ACE-i lol'd at that..

Blake- I called 4WP's.. Luckally the guy had them in his store and shipped them that day to my parents house.. I made sure they had them.. i was like im not giving you my dam money until you personally assure me that they are in stock and will ship TODAY.. thats when i double checked lol.. I find if you actually call them, you get better service then if you order online.. Oh and i paid like 5 bucks for a unlimited lifetime warranty on them.. According to the sales rep, i can replace them if they brake NO MATTER what the hell i throw at them! lol
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Mine were so stuck at the top that I had to use PB Blaster and a crow bar and whack the sh*t out of the shock. If that happens, keep the bottom of the shock connected, just loosely tighten so it doesn't bounce around when you are whacking it.

Oh and don't take the strap off till you have the top of the shock in and are ready to line it up to the bottom mounts. It will be a b*tch to re-compress the shock.
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dumb question, what do you mean re-compress the shock?

I can pull the shock open and push it closed..
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dumb question, what do you mean re-compress the shock?

I can pull the shock open and push it closed..
Basically when you get your shocks they have a little limit strap around them to fit them in the box. Plastic piece.

When you cut that they fully extend. You have to compress the shock to the mount on the axle to get the bolt through the shock mount. It isn't that hard.

As far as the stud at the top goes. I highly recommend greasing the new shocks with some sort of lubricant. Silicon based worked great when I did last time. They slid right on.

As far as getting them off, as long your not going to re-use the shocks or try to sell them, you can pry against the frame to get them to slide off. It will probably dent the side of the old shock, but like I said, if your chucking them anyway.

Finally, I did a HOW-TO for this awhile ago. Not sure if the pictures still work or not, but it's the exact same process on the 07 as it was for the 99, so it should work for a 2000 as well.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...99-ranger.html

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hey thanks! Yeah, my shocks didnt come with any straps.. They were just in a plastic bag and stuck in the box..
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strange... but yea im serious about moving the whole shock in a circular motion
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The nut on the top shock stud was completely stripped and spun freely, but could not be removed. Tried for days. Finally had to cut off the stud and replace it with a nut and bolt. It has been a year and is still working ok.
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