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Unread 07-20-2010, 09:35 PM   #1
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How To Change Front Struts and Rear shock on a 05 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7

Hi Everybody,

On passenger side struts was leakig on ym wifes jeep and whole jeep felt like it was bouncing to much over bumps ect. It has close to 70K miles on it and we decided to replace the front struts and shocks on it. After getting couple of quotes from local shops I decided to tackle it myself and take pictures of it and hopefully this will be good guide for the DIY jeep owners. Whole job took me about 5 hours rears and fronts with home tools. Floor jack, 2 jack stands, 1/2 inch 18 inch long breaker bar and good set of sockets, wrenches. I would like to thank wookie for his contribution to give me the confidence to tackle this job. Following is a link to his thread;

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f67/f...myself-922863/


First I moved the coolant reservoir tank around to reach the strut mounting bolts.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...strut001-1.jpg



http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...strut002-2.jpg



http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...epstrut004.jpg



Here is the passenger strut mount bolts. They are 18mm and you need a deep socket. Please loosen them while the front tires are still on the ground. I have not jacked the jeep up yet..

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...strut003-3.jpg



Move to the drivers side and you need loosent he 3 bolts holding the fuse/relay box on.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...strut005-5.jpg



http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...strut006-6.jpg



http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...strut007-7.jpg



Then you reach the drivers side strunt mount bolts. loosen them but do not take them off.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...strut008-8.jpg



After you are done with all the stuff above, lift the front end of the jeep and place jack stands unerneath it so both tires will be off the ground. ( Do not forget to loosen the lug nut bolts while the front tires are on the ground.) Take the tires off and and loosen the upper control arm ball joint bolt. It is a 18mm deep socket. After loosen it do not take it off all the way.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...strut009-9.jpg



loosen the lower strut clevis (fork) at lower control arm , the clevis bracket bolt. Loosen and remove swaybar bolt at the lower control arm.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...trut010-10.jpg



move the front ABS sensor wire away.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...trut011-11.jpg



Seperate the upper control arm ball joint fron the spindle.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...epstrut015.jpg



Remove the lower strut clevis (fork) at lower control arm.
Remove the 4 strut mount bolts.

Make sure you have a rope or bungee cord ready to secure the spinle to the upper control arm.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...epstrut012.jpg



http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...epstrut013.jpg



Strut assembly will come out between the brake line and the lower control arm.

Loosen the upper shock nut then using spring compressor tool compress the strut spring and then remove the upper shock mount. Slide everything out of the old strut assembly and put it all back together in th esame order they come out. the rest is vice versa...

Rear shocks are there by 2 bolts.. I believe they are 17mm. Loosen them and take th eold shock out , slide the new one in and tighten the bolts.. Rears are very easy to do..

Hopefully this gives you some kinda visual idea how everything looks ect. Give yourself about 5 hours with taking breaks ect. Shops around my area quoted me $450 for replace front struts. I was very happt to replace all the struts and shocks on my wifes jeep for about $250 in parts.. It felt good...
If you have anything to add like torque specs ect. please do so...
Have a great day.
Sammy


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Unread 07-20-2010, 09:40 PM   #2
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Could somebody make the images viewable instead you have to click on them.
I do not have the required 25 posts yet...
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Unread 07-20-2010, 09:46 PM   #3
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I got the pictures to show up..
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Unread 07-20-2010, 10:00 PM   #4
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TORQUE FRONT


DESCRIPTION
Nm
Ft. Lbs.

Shock Absorber Upper Nuts
95
70

Shock Absorber Clevis Bracket
122
90

Shock upper Mounting Nut
39
25

Clevis Bracket to Lower Control Arm
169
125

Upper Control Arm Bolt/Nut to Body
108
80

Lower Control Arm Bolt
Rear Pivot
88
65

Lower Control Arm Bolt/Nut
Front Pivot
169
125

Upper Ball Joint Nut
95
70

Lower Ball Joint Nut
95
70

Stabilizer Bar Retainer Bolts
129
95

Stabilizer Bar Link Upper Nut
108
80

Stabilizer Bar Link Lower Bolt
115
85

Hub Bearing Knuckle Bolts
115
85


TORQUE REAR


DESCRIPTION
Nm
Ft. Lbs.


Shock Absorber Upper Bolt/Nut
95
70

Shock Absorber Lower Bolt/Nut
115
85

Suspension Arms Lower Axle Bracket Nut
210
155

Suspension Arms Lower Frame Bracket Nut
176
130

Suspension Arms Upper Axle Bracket Nut
136
100

Suspension Arms Upper Frame Bracket Nut
129
95

Track Bar to Axle
190
140

Track Bar to Rear Structure
190
140

Stabilizer Bar Retainer Bolts
42
31

Stabilizer Link Nut to Stabilizer Bar
88
65

Stabilizer Link to Body Bolt
102
75

Stabilizer Link to Bracket Bolt SRT8
102
75

Stabilizer Link Bracket Bolt/Nut To Frame SRT8
129
95

Jounce Bumper Bolt to Body
54
40
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Unread 07-20-2010, 10:17 PM   #5
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Detailed writeup, very nice!

Torque specs (as well as many more in-depth suspension-related details) can be found in this document: Jeep WK Grand Cherokee - Section 02 Suspension.

See pages 2-7 for Front and 2-49 for Rear torque charts.

I tried attaching the PDF of that doc, but JF gives an "Invalid File" error when I try to upload it.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 10:18 PM   #6
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Awesome write up man, I'm adding it to the FAQ section.

Thanks for taking the time and effort to do this, it's greatly appreciated.
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Unread 07-21-2010, 07:43 AM   #7
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How did you remove the lower strut bolt in the control arm? Last weekend tried to remove struts but got to that bolt and it would not move. It apparently is tapered and pressed in. Stopped because we were not getting it out and did not want to break anything by beating it out. The bolt is in picture just below where it says loosen sway bar bolt on lower control arm.
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Hi Trice,
I loosened the nut which is a non-metric size.. either a 1 inch or 1 1/16 in size.. I used my breaker bar and loosened the nut.. Bolt head on the other side will turn and it will hit a stopper..
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Tried that, it did not happen as easy as it sounds it did for you. The bolt would not budge. We are getting a impact wrench and going to give it a go that way. It seems as though the bolt it tapered... Is it tapered?
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Unread 07-24-2010, 07:29 PM   #10
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Trice,
To be honest with you, everything went too smooth for my liking.. I was definetly expecting somekinda problem ect. I hope impact wrench would fix your problem with that particular bolt.. then there is the old cheater thrick.. you can slide a 4ft long steel pipe on a 1/2inch wrench and apply some pressure on that bolt..
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Unread 07-26-2010, 07:41 AM   #11
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Got it done, and it looks great, hopefully tires today. The impact saved us, on the bolts and we actually went to a local shop and used the wall compressor to put the struts back together. Money well spent on that front. Apparently from what I hear those springs can kill ya and I don't know much about dead.
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How to

I am trying to remove the lower fork/ A-arm bolt and i have removed the strut, fork bolt and the nut on the assembly itself but i cant Loosen and remove swaybar bolt at the lower control arm.

How did you get it out?
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Unread 08-30-2010, 11:11 PM   #13
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Thank you!! Installing Bilsteins in front as soon as the come in the mail. I'm guessing an alignment is needed once finished?
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thanks for the "how to"! I was able to do mine following your outline! Saved me 300$! i know i know and all you get is a thanks! I did a little slice and dice to the hands, tough work space and tight bolts!
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Great How-to, wish I'd found it before I did mine. Unfortunately I tried removing the clevis/fork at the bottom when I could have pulled the strut out of the fork instead.
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