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Old 07-30-2013, 01:01 AM   #1
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Rear Shocks

The last long stretch of unimproved road resulted in an intermittent rattle that I didn't manage to track down until this Sunday.

The drivers side rear shock was presumably installed without a washer on top of the top rubber grommet. When I found it, the top grommet was gone, but the nut was still in place. This left the shock loose if/when the body moved upward faster than the shock could.

There are scrapes all over the little shield that protects the fuel tank. Good thing that that's there.

After sourcing another grommet and washer (and making them fit the thicker shaft of my shocks), it was a pretty simple repair. Tightening the nut down did make me wish for some ratcheting wrenches though.

So, if you think your shocks might not be working that well, check to make sure they are in fact attached to the vehicle. In this case it was pretty hard to notice, since it would slip right back into place anytime the van was at rest.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:27 PM   #2
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Re: Rear Shocks

Those rear upper shock mounts are in the WORST place!
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Re: Rear Shocks

I was pretty close to using a hole saw on the floor to get to the top of the shock nut. not only is the location difficult but the angle is the topper...
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Re: Rear Shocks

If we're not keeping the shocks (most of the time) we cut them off with the sawzall from the bottom side.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:57 AM   #5
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Re: Rear Shocks

Getting the top bolted on isn't too bad with one of these:

http://www.gearwrench.com/catalog/wrenc ... mbination/

Getting it off might be a different story. I'm not going to try until I have to.

Needless to say, handling is dramatically improved with both ends of the shock attached to the vehicle.
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