Last night I got the front Fox shocks in... it, just like everything else so far, was a circus.
Old shock -
So I start to remove the old Ranchos and the bolt on the top of the shock decides it just wants to freeze up. Not wanting to deal with that for too long I just pull out the angle grinder and cut it cleanly. Then I look at the stem that was on the ranchos vs the stem that is on the fox and the fox stem is bigger. Pull out the drill, make the hole larger and now the stem fits. Thats done.
Then I go to mount the bottom eyelet and realize I dont have enough room to slide it on without removing the "Proprietary" lower shock mount from the ubolts. I attempted to try to remove the bolt so I wouldn't have to undo the ubolt but it wasn't happening and the ubolt was surprisingly easy to get off so the bracket came off.
Go to slide the shock onto the bolt and of course. The bolt is big enough in diameter to act as a sleeve inside the bushing of the Rancho, well Fox doesn't need that because it already has a sleeve. I then proceed to try to hammer the Fox sleeve out with the bracket/bolt, basically drive it through. Not happening.
So off comes the bolt and off I go to the hardware store to get the 1/2" bolt so I can put them back on. Oh and in order to go to the store I need to borrow my wife's Yukon, which she won't let me in until I wash off and change clothes...
Finally I get everything back together by midnight for a job that I thought was going to take me 1 hour max. I almost didnt buy new shocks for the front because I figured that the Ranchos were probably fine, they are a good shock right? Well they may be, but not when one doesn't hold any pressure and the other I can hear leaking.
Needless to say I am very excited to drive somewhere this morning because I think this may be the final piece to the puzzle for getting my advanced kit to drive like it probably should in the first place.