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Old 12-14-2018, 01:08 PM   #1
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General Shock Removal Question

So I need to replace the bushings on my Rancho shocks and was planning on hitting that job over the weekend. My plan is to jack up the front and via the frame which should let the suspension hang.

I assume the shocks will be under minimal stress and they'll come out easily? I've never done this job and don't want to get nailed by a shock under tension. I assume that dialing the adjustment knob to the softest setting will help?
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Old 12-14-2018, 02:54 PM   #2
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You can compress the shock by hand, if it's even a gas charged shock at all. Sometimes you have to lean on them a little, but they'll move.

No need to jack anything up. In fact on a number of vehicles the shock retains the spring unless there's weight on the suspension. I don't know what your 4x4 conversion looks like, but generally, don't jack up a coil spring conversion and pull the shock.
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:04 PM   #3
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Mine is the standard modern SMB conversion so it has leaf springs along with the shocks. I'll give it a shot with no jack's and see how it goes. I'll hit the bolts with some penetrating oil tonight so it can soak in.
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Old 12-15-2018, 08:24 AM   #4
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Enjoy that! It's a bitch of a job. Getting to the tops of the shocks sucks and worse if they're in any way rusty. I just cut them out usually but am always replacing them. The rears are not much better. Penetrating oil a day before is a necessity.

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Old 12-15-2018, 01:29 PM   #5
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I'm tellin' ya, a flexible headed gear wrench made the top mounts MUCH easier... still a pain in the butt, but much more tolerable than any other method I've used. Depending on your particular shock, you can hold a wrench stationary on the top nut, and rotate the shock body with a strap wrench. That'll only work on shocks that have the body at the top/stem end, and only on non-reservoir shocks.
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Old 12-15-2018, 02:03 PM   #6
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Mine actually has pretty easy access to the fronts. The upper rear shock mounts are somewhat hidden on mine. Here's the fronts on mine. Having the tire off will make things much easier.Click image for larger version

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