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Old 02-03-2008
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Hey sorry haven't been around a compy all weekend long. Thank you for the "how to guide" for installing the shocks! It is very detailed, I agree with 4x4 this needs to be in the how to forums or a sticky. I think I"m going to go with the KYB Monomax's and Summit seems to have them at a good price range for me.

I'll remember the tip on the bands around the shocks. For now I have to wait to get my new shocks, but I'll post up some pictures and stuff when I finally get them on.

Again thank you WowMike for the pictures and explaining things. :-) I appreciate the help.
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Not a problem at all.. again, whenever I get time, I'll go ahead and snap soem pictures of teh front's and how they shoudl be "properly" lifted to make the job go alot quicker... work has me in the ruts.. very very busy!
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That would be awesome. :-) I here ya on work keeping ya busy, college is driving me nuts! Lol Oh well, tis life......
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Not a problem at all.. again, whenever I get time, I'll go ahead and snap soem pictures of teh front's and how they shoudl be "properly" lifted to make the job go alot quicker... work has me in the ruts.. very very busy!
as stated, the rears are fairly easy, you have plenty of room on a stock truck to move around, and yes, a prying tool is handy...also, have the shock bolt ready to slide in!

On the front, I found it was easier to put the entire front end up on jackstands(do both at once, I also did brakes at the same time), and use my small "el cheapo" hydraulic jack to compress the lower end of the shock up to the lower control arm.

frankly, tho I'm a big strong guy, the shocks were just too powerful to get leverage against to push them up, AND get the nuts started on the lower bolts, so I put a small dished spacer block on the jack tip, and pushed it up.

to get the shocks compressed the easy way, and get the nuts started I would have needed Motorcraft part # 234-1767 : Hand, third, unobtainium

also agreed on the sticky!
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Couldn't you just put the bolt in on the bottoms and cut the shock band so that'll expand up into the correct postion? That would make it easier to put the shocks in on the front wouldn't it? Or am thinking incorrectly?
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I got my KYBs from summit NIB, and the fronts did not have any shock band to keep them compressed, only the rears did.

front and rear mounting points are completely different front and back, go back to the first page and check the pic posted by Wowmike for a comparison.

If I'd been under a lift, the lower front install would have been easier.
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FOX 2.0 :) they make a bolt in shock too! for coil sprung rangers
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FOX 2.0 :) they make a bolt in shock too! for coil sprung rangers
well, thats a lot of help NOW:D
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Couldn't you just put the bolt in on the bottoms and cut the shock band so that'll expand up into the correct postion? That would make it easier to put the shocks in on the front wouldn't it? Or am thinking incorrectly?

The front ones actually aren't bound :-) Thats why they are in a larger box (Take a look at the box sizes in the previous pics I posted) Front shocks themselves are much stiffer then the rear because of the added engine weight they have to buck up with.. they are rather tough to push down.. I tested them by putting it up agaisnt the ground and pushing my body weight against it.. I weigh about 185-190 right now, and I had to give it some oomph to get it to compress all the way in.

Thats why its easiest ot jsut jack the truck up till the beam is at its maximum lower length (till the tire is off the ground) then just lower (Or lift the tire as mentioned above) so the shock bottoms get into place.. the only place you can actually see the shock is from the front side.. and you can only see the bottom of it.. might be hard to shift into position and look in between the wheel and the engine through the tire area while maneuvering a jack.. probably not all too safe
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I'm gonna be rockin' the Bilstein 5125 shocks here in the summer. Possibly the 5150's.
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Oh ok gotcha. It's been one hecktic week. Thanks for the responses and setting me straight....Chemistry fries your brain to a crisp lol. Now I'm armed and ready to tackle the shocks when I get them.

Thanks again ya'll!
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Oh ok gotcha. It's been one hecktic week. Thanks for the responses and setting me straight....Chemistry fries your brain to a crisp lol. Now I'm armed and ready to tackle the shocks when I get them.

Thanks again ya'll!

Hey, not a problem at all... I've been trying to find things to keep me busy during my days off from work.. stressful job, and I needed a break.. hence the lots of pictures and guides Im posting up and such -shrugs- figured it might as well do good.. and keeps me busy as well. Plus, I get to order new stuff whenever I want for my pickup.. still awaiting on finding a good truck box though sadly.
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