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Old 05-27-2018, 05:46 PM   #17121
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Which ones are you having trouble with? The one on the bottom where it bolts to the control arm or the stud and nut on the top?
The top one only spins with the top half of the shock... vise grips were no help.

The bottom one is not budging on either side.

I gave up on it and gutted the interior again to clean up some wiring, took out the headliner, will install new dome light and lay some underpayment and reinstall the carpet over the next 24-48.
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:24 PM   #17122
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Just wedge a pry bar between the shock and the control arm, that will keep it from spinning. If you are replacing the shocks anyway who cares if you crush the shock a little. Or take a sawzall to the top stud, that will get it out in no time. I have a front shock how to vid on youtube.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:07 PM   #17123
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Just wedge a pry bar between the shock and the control arm, that will keep it from spinning. If you are replacing the shocks anyway who cares if you crush the shock a little. Or take a sawzall to the top stud, that will get it out in no time. I have a front shock how to vid on youtube.
Foul Mouth is RIGHT. Just use a pry bar to hold the shock in place while you turn the top nut loose. Jam that sucker tight. You can bend or crush the shock, big deal. It goes to the garbage can anyway. Also...if it is still tough, you will get better results by using a hammer on the wrench, rather than just trying to reef on it. BREAK it loose. When you take these shocks out, make a good note on the position of the original washers and rubber parts or you will forget LOL. I know...I did that once. Had to go to the OTHER side to look at how it was set up.

The GOOD news is that the rear shocks are easy as pie. No spinning issue. They come right out, go right back in.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:18 PM   #17124
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Foul Mouth is RIGHT. Just use a pry bar to hold the shock in place while you turn the top nut loose. Jam that sucker tight. You can bend or crush the shock, big deal. It goes to the garbage can anyway. Also...if it is still tough, you will get better results by using a hammer on the wrench, rather than just trying to reef on it. BREAK it loose. When you take these shocks out, make a good note on the position of the original washers and rubber parts or you will forget LOL. I know...I did that once. Had to go to the OTHER side to look at how it was set up.

The GOOD news is that the rear shocks are easy as pie. No spinning issue. They come right out, go right back in.
Yup, rear shocks were a breeze, less than 15 minutes. I am going to PB them all week and try again next weekend.
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Old 05-28-2018, 03:20 AM   #17125
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Actually, you can also hammer a metal wedge, short bar, or whatever BETWEEN the upper and lower section of the shock to lock it down. Once I took one of those big-ass screwdrivers and just pounded it up through the gap from below.

After I got the top nut off, I just tapped out the screwdriver. You can use almost anything metal though. Even a skinny wrench or something. Beat that sucker up there like a red-haired stepchild. If you get it in there tight enough, you have both hands for the top nut.
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Old 05-28-2018, 03:51 AM   #17126
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A decent sized pair of vice grips would probably do it too. As the shock rotates they'll eventually bump up against something and stop it from rotating. Weird that the bottom bolts are giving you grief, those ones usually come right out.
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A decent sized pair of vice grips would probably do it too. As the shock rotates they'll eventually bump up against something and stop it from rotating. Weird that the bottom bolts are giving you grief, those ones usually come right out.
Yes, it is. They are fairly large bolts, too. They usually come out easy if you can get a hammer and a wrench on them. Also...ALWAYS remove the wheel. Theoretically you can do it with the wheel still on, but it is much harder.
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:41 PM   #17128
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I started off the day with a decent ride around town enjoying how the bearings are quiet. LOL

Then I pulled the doors, removed the door panels and cleaned out the insides in preparation for rust-proofing and sound deadening. I'm thinking of doing the same with the fenders.

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Old 05-28-2018, 11:50 PM   #17129
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Finally put the splash shield back on. Ordered the adapter for the new to me steering wheel. Also ordered an alarm. Not so much for protection, just because I'm scared my other door lock is gonna break and I won't be able to get in easily. Keyless for the electric locks to calm my fears. Should be a "know you drive a hardbody" post.
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Old 05-28-2018, 11:52 PM   #17130
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