Have never done this before! Trying to save money and do myself. Not sure where to start! Looks like 2 bolts per side though. Can anyone guide me through the process of replacing the rear shocks on my 2001 TJ.
the shocks attach with one bolt at the bottom, and 2 at the top. jack up the frame of the jeep and support it so you have a little more room under there. you dont have to remove the wheels, and you dont have to have the tires off the ground.
unbolt the bottom bolt, get a long extention and remove the top two bolts, put them back that way they came out.
it should take 10 minutes tops.
my bilstein's already had the "bracket" in them. the "bracket" is called a barpin.
spray the top bolts every day for 2 weeks with PB blaster. You will need a LONG extension and I think it was a 1/2 inch socket to get them out. I used my impact wrench to get them out. Not easy and lots or them break off in there. I figured the inpact wrench would slowly work it out by applying quick burst of torque instead of constant pressure. I could be wrong though and just got lucky : ).
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You have an 8 year old Jeep, and you live in the north east, expect to use heat on the upper bolts, if not you will most likely be wasting alot of time drilling and tapping, ask me how I know. After the first nightmare, I bought a cheap Benzomatic torch, now they come right out.
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thanks for all the advice. Used WD-40. Let soak for 30 minutes. No problems getting the bolts out. Took about 45 minutes total. Jeep has only been in the NE for 4 years. 5 years on the West Coast. Probably explains how easy the bolts came out. Also, put anti-seize grease on threads when inserting bolts back on.
Don't use WD-40. If you're going to be wrenching on your Jeep from now on buy a couple of cans of PB Blaster.
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