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iv never replaced shocks before myself. As many as you know this is my first car, any tips tricks to make it easy and quick.??
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iv never replaced shocks before myself. As many as you know this is my first car, any tips tricks to make it easy and quick.??
Front shocks:
Place car on jackstands.
Remove wheels
Remove three nuts holding the tops of the shock units
Suspension will drop down
Take off nut on the bolt attaching shock to LCA
Knock bolt out of the LCA and shock with mallet
Pull shock/spring unit out

Rear shocks:
Place car on jackstands
Remove wheels
Remove nut on the top of each shock on the side inside trunk
Suspension will drop down
Take off nut on the bolt attaching shock to LCA
Knock bolt out of LCA and shock with mallet
Pull shock out



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Dang Bro, Didnt Even Know There Was A Bolt In Side The Trunk.lol.

Where In The Trunk Is It?

Dont i have to put the jack under the where the bottom connects, that way it dosent drop the whole side down?
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Pull the carpet back in the back corners of the trunk at the tops of the wheel wells. You'll see them. Personally, I'd recommend removing the top nut off of the rear shocks before unloading them. (Raising the rear end.)

Then lift the rear end and remove the bottom bolts to remove the rear shocks.

Installation is the reverse of disassembly.

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Dang Bro, Didnt Even Know There Was A Bolt In Side The Trunk.lol.

Where In The Trunk Is It?

Dont i have to put the jack under the where the bottom connects, that way it dosent drop the whole side down?
What I did - was back the car up on ramps.

Crawl into trunk, remove upper nut (took two wrenches, the shaft kept spinning. Luckily there's a hex on the shaft end, plus I had a ratcheting box wrench for the nut - a 19mm IIRC. Check on that, though.)

Crawl under car (while on ramps), unbolt bottom.

I was able to reach around the tire (jacked the car up about 2 inches to fit my fat arms!) to fit the new upper bushing into place (old one fell out, it was in such bad shape.)

I then crawled back under the car, stabbed the shock up into the bushing, and put the lower bolt back in place (while pushing the shock up). I could then wait until I drove off the ramps to put the top nuts back on.

For the front - are you using Monroe EZ-Struts or the Raybestos or KYB equivelent, with the springs attached? If so the front is fairly easy, and given some care, you won't even have to realign the car.

Given the EZ-Strut set, the front is like this:

Jack car up, put on jack stands.

Remove front wheels.

Loosen bolt through lower shock / LCA, but do not remove at this time.

Remove three nuts that hold assembly to top of shock tower.

Remove lower bolt, remove assembly.

Slip new assembly up into shock tower, start nuts on bolts at top, but do not tighten yet.

Align LCA with lower shock mount, insert bolt, run nut down but DO NOT TIGHTEN! Bolt should be loose enough to slip back and forth.

Tighten top nuts to the proper torque settings.

Put the wheels back on, take the car off the jack stands.

Jounce the front end up and down a few times to let the lower shock bushing settle.

Drive it up on the ramps, torque down the lower shock mounting bolt.

If, however, you're not using EZ-Struts or some equivelent thereof - in between the "Remove old, install new", you get the joy of taking the old one apart and putting the new one together. I HIGHLY recommend finding a good frame shop that will use their wall mounted spring compressor and do it for you - the local shops charge about $20/assembly, and that $40 won't really buy a good spring compressor ...

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If, however, you're not using EZ-Struts or some equivelent thereof - in between the "Remove old, install new", you get the joy of taking the old one apart and putting the new one together. I HIGHLY recommend finding a good frame shop that will use their wall mounted spring compressor and do it for you - the local shops charge about $20/assembly, and that $40 won't really buy a good spring compressor ...
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I bet that was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

To the OP: "easy and quick" will depend how cooperative the lower shock to control arm bolt is. Here in the rust belt, it took me a whole day to do one side. Granted it was the first time I had attempted to replace the coilover assembly; nowadays I'll just tell people, "If you're going to replace the shock assembly, do yourself a favor and replace the lower control arm and strut rod bushings all at once."

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I'll second what TheTerminator93 says.

Now is a good time to do the lower control arm and the strut rod bushings. Makes it easier to get apart and together.

Upper control arm is a lot easier with the springs/shocks out of the way too

And all that's left are the tie rod ends (inner and outer) and the sway bar end links. Might as well.

Which *ahem* makes a $100 job blossom to $1,000 easily. Even if you do it all yourself.

Still ... if you're not in a big rush, you can start buying the parts and stock piling them to do them at one time.

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im just replacing the rear shocks, got the hardware that comes with them. they are monroe sensatstrac. tools to help me beside wrenches 3 jack stands and 2 jacks. if you guys are wondering bout a 4th stand long story short; my dads 72 monte carlo folded it when i was little.
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im just replacing the rear shocks, got the hardware that comes with them. they are monroe sensatstrac. tools to help me beside wrenches 3 jack stands and 2 jacks. if you guys are wondering bout a 4th stand long story short; my dads 72 monte carlo folded it when i was little.
Yeah rears are easy.

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Just a note - ramps are better than jack stands for the rear shock replacements IMO.

The shocks don't support the car, and my first time? I ended up with a 1963 Chevy rear brake drum in my chest pinning me down ... I ramp them whenever possible now

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im just replacing the rear shocks, got the hardware that comes with them. they are monroe sensatstrac. tools to help me beside wrenches 3 jack stands and 2 jacks. if you guys are wondering bout a 4th stand long story short; my dads 72 monte carlo folded it when i was little.
Hey if you need some help with this I can help you. If you want bring it over I have air tools. Let me know.

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its done thanks raptor22 and Trunk Monkey for the info
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Hey man, no problem.

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Hey man, no problem.

How's the ride?
Its good, feels hella stiff but then again i have been riding around with only one connected for who knows how long. bt yea rides way different
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[QUOTE=TBIRD9491;1416250 bt yea rides way different[/QUOTE]

I bet!

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nah bro actually felt normal to me lol
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