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post #16 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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My partner in crime was taking a break.

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post #17 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Pics of the front spring removed. To make this easier disconnect the control arm from the frame (the two red boxes on the left). You also need to disconnect the front sway bar end links. Then Jack up the body near the disconnected control arm and lower the jacks near the brakes and raise the jacks near the brakes of the opposite side you're working on. Note, I still had to use spring compressors (the orange box).
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post #18 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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At 2:30 pm (3.5 hours into it with time off to get a haircut) New spring installed. I would say it was a pain getting the shocks removed, but even more of a pain getting the front springs in. The impact wrench really sped things up.
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Another hydration break after the front passenger coil spring installed.
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post #20 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Quick Disconnect ready for install. I painted all the items with a VHT epoxy type spray paint, so everything matched the "black out" look.
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post #21 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a picture of how I fit a square peg (bar pin in the green box) into a round whole (shock bushing). The instructions say use a vice clamp, but I didn't have one, so greased up the bushings with lithium grease and pounded it in with a hammer. It will fit, just keep at it.
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post #22 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Here is the bottom of the shock and bar pin installed (red box). This is a visual for people wondering what a bar pin eliminator (bpe) is. It takes that square peg and makes it a round one that slips into the shock, so no need to bang with a hammer. At first I started to wish I ordered these, but at the end, glad I saved the money and used the bar pins that came with the kit.
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post #23 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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The directions don't tell you, so wanted to give a visual of how to install the front shock top mount. It looks like the part in the red box. I had to use a washer on the top of the engine bay.
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post #24 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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This might be straight forward for most people, but yellow box is the front shock adapter, light blue box is the shock boot (note on montube shocks like the bilsteins, you can mount with the boot up or down), brown box is the coil spring, purple box is the front sway bar link and in this case a quick disconnect, the green circle is the bump stop extension.
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post #25 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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At this point, at 14:48 the following day, the front shocks, bump stop extensions, coils, and quick disconnects are installed. Drop the vehicle and install the track bar and steering stablizer.
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post #26 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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The steering stablizer on the ground in the green box, goes where the old one was removed in the top green box.
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post #27 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 11:06 PM
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whats the craftsman thing for?

2000 WJ- midland cb w/PA, KOR leveling kit and shocks, 12 in infitity sub w/ 600 watt infinity amp, magnaflow highflow cat, dynomax cat back exhaust. much more to come
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post #28 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Rear shocks (between red lines), rear sway bar extended end links (green box), and rear bump stop extension (brown box) installed. The rear bump stop extensions use a self-tapping screw that seems like it wont work at first, but use a lot of pressure and it will tap.
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post #29 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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The last bolt connecting the rear sway bar was naturally difficult. I had to push up on the gas tank with my feet to get it to line up.
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post #30 of 103 Old 11-20-2011, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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At 11pm everything was installed and I just needed to torque everything.
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