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Unread 10-02-2013, 12:42 AM   #24961
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No, you need a compressor if you are replacing the coil springs. Nothing if you are replacing the shocks.

That's how I looked at it. It can be a huge pain in the *** to get to those top bolts, or even find them your first time doing it. The backs are very straight forward.
Yeah with two people it wasn't bad but I can imagine by oneself...it can be pretty obnoxious wih it spinning.

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Unread 10-02-2013, 02:15 AM   #24962
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Not that hard at all. Just make sure u have the rear on jack stands and remove the rear wheels . Otherwise its just 2 bolts, didnt take long at all
Why? You don't need to remove the wheels or put it on stands. The weight is on the springs not the shocks. I just undid top and bottom bolt with the car stood on the ground, pulled old shock put. Bolted new shock on at top, compressed new shock by hand a bit from the bottom and put bottom bolt in. Torqued up.Five minutes per side tops.

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Unread 10-02-2013, 05:40 AM   #24963
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Why? You don't need to remove the wheels or put it on stands. The weight is on the springs not the shocks. I just undid top and bottom bolt with the car stood on the ground, pulled old shock put. Bolted new shock on at top, compressed new shock by hand a bit from the bottom and put bottom bolt in. Torqued up.Five minutes per side tops.

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We found that taking off the rear wheels and letting the rear axle droop helped fitting the shocks into place much,much easier. But yes, you can just do it on the ground. But for us it make life easier to take off the wheels and let the axle hang a bit. Plus my buddy has a lift in his garage so we put it om that!
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Unread 10-02-2013, 07:42 AM   #24964
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rear shocks are easy bottom nut is a dummy nut. on mine. no need to counter spin its welded so the bolt comes right out. and if you are replacing stock fronts and dont plan on keeping old i found it easiler to cut away the plastic cover so you can get a hold of the top of shock under wheel wheel with a pair vice grips to keep it from spinning. 15mm deep socket on top and your done.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 10:03 AM   #24965
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I'll try this...and I typically drive with the windows up cause I like the darkness from the tint lol, but it never has smelled of coolant...and wsar10 I'll try and find one of those shops...never heard of it....figured everything should be good cause the PO had the engine rebuilt by a shop and I had the radiator thermostat and cap replaced all when I bought it
Honestly, I've had "mystery" disappearing coolant, at one time or another, in nearly every vehicle I own. I hate that sinking feeling that it could be nothing or everything. lol. If the oil doesn't look like pudding on my dipstick, and steam isn't coming out of the tailpipe, I can usually relax. There's just so many points that can leak. And if it's onto the engine and a small leak, it dries instantly and you can't see jack.

When you do eventually find it, let us know where it was. I'm curious.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 10:55 AM   #24966
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Honestly, I've had "mystery" disappearing coolant, at one time or another, in nearly every vehicle I own. I hate that sinking feeling that it could be nothing or everything. lol. If the oil doesn't look like pudding on my dipstick, and steam isn't coming out of the tailpipe, I can usually relax. There's just so many points that can leak. And if it's onto the engine and a small leak, it dries instantly and you can't see jack. When you do eventually find it, let us know where it was. I'm curious.
I'll be sure to let y'all know, it's definitely no leaking and gettin under the carpet, I checked all that...the dipstick is perfect...it not like pudding at all...I'll be changing the oil here soon in about 1500 miles...but the level hasn't changed or anything since I've changed it. I order to UOA kit to get a sample when I change it..we'll see if it's anything, but I don't think so. It's probably gonna be a mystery too.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 12:30 PM   #24967
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Unread 10-02-2013, 01:09 PM   #24968
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I'll be sure to let y'all know, it's definitely no leaking and gettin under the carpet, I checked all that...the dipstick is perfect...it not like pudding at all...I'll be changing the oil here soon in about 1500 miles...but the level hasn't changed or anything since I've changed it. I order to UOA kit to get a sample when I change it..we'll see if it's anything, but I don't think so. It's probably gonna be a mystery too.
your looking for hi potassium in your UOA, maybe calcium. Although allot of oils have calcium in there add-pak.

Well let me re-phrase that HOPEFULLY you DON'T find hi potassium !
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Unread 10-02-2013, 02:16 PM   #24969
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Swapped the chain in the transfer case, and replaced some seals. No more leaks or popping in 4WD.
Also did the quick discos on my rear seats so they can be out of the way for camping.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 04:56 PM   #24970
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Unread 10-02-2013, 05:13 PM   #24971
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Noticed things are pretty moist down there. Someone want to help out? What could be causing whatever this is and should i address it?
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Unread 10-02-2013, 05:17 PM   #24972
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Noticed things are pretty moist down there. Someone want to help out? What could be causing whatever this is and should i address it?
Anytime you have a leak it is bad and could potentially be an issue. I would keep a close eye on it. Is it oil?
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Unread 10-02-2013, 05:22 PM   #24973
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Plasti-dipped the driver's side wheels this afternoon after work. Too tired to do the other side, maybe this weekend.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 05:31 PM   #24974
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Gave my jeep a little liposuction today, cut out about 4" out of the spare tire area, was not a fun process. Hopefully be able to lift up the fuel tank this weekend.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 05:48 PM   #24975
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Anytime you have a leak it is bad and could potentially be an issue. I would keep a close eye on it. Is it oil?
oil or atf im not positive
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