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post #1 of 14 Old 04-20-2005, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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ZJ - Rear Shocks Replacement Write up (18 Pics)

Well here we go. I bought some shocks many moons ago. They were cheap and sucky but hey i'm poor. After about 3 weeks they started leaking, So I went back to Advanced Auto and they gave me a new set. Sorry I dont have a Front shock replacement writeup yet as I've only changed them once. On to the Guide.

Difficulty Level : 2

Tools NEEDED :
- 1 Lug Wrench : Standard one that came with the jeep, 4 way, 1 way, Doesnt matter. DO NOT USE A IMPACT WRENCH
- 3/4" Wrench or Ratchet + 3/4" Nut
- 5/8" Wrench or Rachet + 5/8" Nut
- Knife, Scissors or wire snips to remove the Shocks plastic hold down clip.
- 2 Ton or Greater Jack. Bottle or Floor. Floor is easier to work with.

Additional Recomended Tools :
- 2 Ton or Greater Jack Stands. One stand is fine. Two is better.
- Can of PBlaster.
- 3/4" Extra Long Wrench
- 5/8" Extra Long Wrench
- Large Rachet with 3/4" Nut and 5/8". Rachet handle should be over 8 inches.
- Torque Wrench.

The first time I did the rear I didnt have the additional/replacement tools. Second time I did it, it turned into a 20 minute job. Not counting all the pictures I took.

On to the Pics.

First Stage of tools. Things being laid out

Removing the lug nuts. DO NOT REMOVE THE WHEEL. Common newb mistake is to jack up the car then trying to remove the lug nuts

Jack up the rear. Place jack stands on the axel tube or proper mount points. I tend use both jack stands whenever im lifting one side, Just to be "safe"

The first bolt. 3/4" Large wrench on one side. 5/8" Nut on other. You can do what I do first and use two large wrenches to break the nut loose. then move onto the ratchet to make quick work of it. Soak in PBlaster if needed.

Bolt Out

A Gander at the second one, Only the nut needs to be removed

Oversized 3/4" Wrench action. Your ratchet may or may not fit, The Wrench has better leverage.

Nut removed.

New Shock, The white clip holds the shock in a compressed state. once you cut it, it expands slowly.

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-20-2005, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Place the Shock on the top part first. Go ahead and hand thread the nut on.

Aim the bottom of the shock towards the bottom mount and.....

Clip the White harness, Guide the shock home. Dont be afraid of it

Dont just let the shock expand all the way, be ready to push the bolt through. if the shock goes too far you'll have to hand compress it alittle to get the bolt in.

Get rid of the harness

Tighten Up all nuts. Torque to spec.

Remount the wheel. Add lugnuts, tighten them by hand. Check for any play in the wheel. Dont rush through this part.

After this all thats left is to lower the jeep. and Torque the wheels to proper specs.

Hope you Enjoyed My Write-Up. I have about 60 other pictures not posted. most are repeats.

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60 pictures on how to replace rear shocks?

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post #4 of 14 Old 04-20-2005, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by PumaZJ
60 pictures on how to replace rear shocks?
i take alot of pictures. multiple angles, different ligthing. I have over 1200 pictures total for my jeep alone. and those are only the ones i've kept. I prob delete over 3/4" of all the shots I take.

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nice write up... did u have a problem w/ the top mount or the rear shocks ?? mine dont fit on the sleeve that is on the bolt... i dont know what to do
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post #6 of 14 Old 04-21-2005, 04:40 AM
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Great write up and pics.

Hint: Remove the wheelwell liner and you'll be able to see more.


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post #7 of 14 Old 04-21-2005, 07:44 AM
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Thanks for the writeup. My ZJ needs new shocks, and this writeup will be a tremendous help. Keep em coming


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Is this for real???

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post #9 of 14 Old 05-19-2005, 09:15 PM
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ummm.....taking shocks off is routine for lifting any vehicle.....common sense..undo bolts.....then replace shock, put bolts on.....i did it in like 30 words and no pictures.....sorry for being mean

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Old post, but I wanted to thank you for it. Just completed my rears in 15 degree weather.
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Thanks for the post. Albeit it was almost 7 years ago, I'm disappointed at the people who boo-hooed you for posting this. I'd rather have too much information than too little. Yeah, replacing shocks might be simple for a lot of people, but if it helped even one person then it was worth it.
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I want to thank you as we'll.
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Thanks from me as well. What's simple for some people isn't for others who haven't wrenched on their own stuff before. This is good information with nice pictures that was intended to help people. I commend you for doing it.

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A thank you from me too. First car I've ever started repairing and restoring on my own, so having this much info helps a lot man. Thanks!
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