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Old 06-26-2006
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Shock Install

I just bough some bilsteins for the ranger. I have no experience with fixing trucks but was told that installing them is fairly easy. Is this true? Anyone have a how to on it?
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all four?? just, leave them bound up until they are installed, then cut them loose.

they are a b-i-*** to try and compress while you under the truck...

other wise, its all straight forward...
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yes all 4
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all four?? just, leave them bound up until they are installed, then cut them loose.

they are a b-i-*** to try and compress while you under the truck...

other wise, its all straight forward...
if you leave them bound-up they may not be long enough to install. i always bolt-up the top first then cut it loose while holding them compressed and slowly let it out until the lower end is in place/position to slide a bolt into it...then tighten-up everything.
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ill be doing the same,. so let me get this right,
you leave them bound-up they may not be long enough to install. i always bolt-up the top first then cut it loose while holding them compressed and slowly let it out until the lower end is in place/position to slide a bolt into it

ok which is best mine is a 2001 edge 4x4 does it make a diff?
and is 135.00 for bilsteins shocks sound right?
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hey 04rangerxlt, i would say to have someone there with u to help u. makes it tons easier. that way they can slide the bolt through and u can let the shock down slowly. when i helped my buddy with his it wnet lots eaiser with 2 people
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My bilsteins finally came in hopefully I can get em on this week. Any other tips? A friend of mine said use white lithium grease. Is this necessary?
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maybe on the rear shocks on the rubber bushings so they slide on easier, ut i would use wd40.

you wont need to jack the truck up i nthe rear to do this. just the front.
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piece of cake, like Zack said no need to jack up the rear but I had to jack up the front several inches so i could pull the shocks out. Maybe 2 hours total for all 4. I didn't use any kind of lube on the install.

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When we did mine, I think we unbound the shocks prior to the install. It may have made the install take longer, but it was still all pretty easy and straight forward. Nothin to worry about.
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doh...nevermind...
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weres the best place in california anyone know? and is 135.00 good price?
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shocks arent too bad too install. but like a couple folks have said already... its MUCH easier 2 people... and i used wd40... works just as good as anything else... except of course pb blast.
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Shocks are on. Thanks for the help Jay.
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