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ok i got a stupid question im changing the shocks on my truck but i dont know if the blue goes up or down....


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i mounted my bilstiens so the logo was right side up, although i dont think it makes a difference.
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i mounted my bilstiens so the logo was right side up, although i dont think it makes a difference.
thats what i was thinking just wanted to make sure.
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in the front the shock boots are usually on top, and i think in the back theyre on the bottom. but i dont think it matters
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not sure why I took this pic the other day... I guess it was for this thread? lol this is how the rear ones came on my truck from the factory.



Not sure on the front, don't have a pic and it's dark out. I'll have a look in the morning if you want.
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ah i got the rears done I'm going to do the fronts tomorrow all though those can only go on one direction.

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It was relatively easy i only had problems with getting the shock off the top stud but i figured out a easy way to do that is by swinging the shock in a circle repeatedly and tada! lol

i also would like to add i cant believe how much my bed doesn't sag now when i sit on it and i only weigh 145 LBS lol also took it on a rocky road thats has a good amount of pot holes and wow what a difference, I cant wait to do the fronts in the morning.
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On my 06 Sport the rears would only go in one way because the studs going through holes were different sizes.
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On shocks, the body usually goes to the bottom, the shaft or shaft cover goes to the top. Decreases the likelihood that they will leak.
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i would also like to add the only thing i broke while doing this was my torque wrench as strong as it may seem it does not like to be used as a hammer lol
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On shocks, the body usually goes to the bottom, the shaft or shaft cover goes to the top. Decreases the likelihood that they will leak.
You're incorrect.

Bilsteins are designed to mount the way Ace has his mounted. 01 Ranger 4x4 also has the right idea, you are supposed to be able to read the logo on the shock right side up...

Although you think it decreases the likely hood of leaking, it also creates a sleeve to trap water if you leave the boot on them. Hence why I don't run boots. Yes it keeps dirt and such out of them, but that's why they make them with 0-rings. When they're mounted right, they don't trap anything.

Should look like this, which you already have done Ace:

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You're incorrect.

Bilsteins are designed to mount the way Ace has his mounted. 01 Ranger 4x4 also has the right idea, you are supposed to be able to read the logo on the shock right side up...

Although you think it decreases the likely hood of leaking, it also creates a sleeve to trap water if you leave the boot on them. Hence why I don't run boots. Yes it keeps dirt and such out of them, but that's why they make them with 0-rings. When they're mounted right, they don't trap anything.

Should look like this, which you already have done Ace:






awesome. I got the fronts done today all though i couldn't get the top nut as tight as i would of liked it b/c it you have to use an allen wrench and well those are not that easy to hold on to.

big thanks to Zach for letting me call him and bug him and ask him what to do.
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