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Unread 11-28-2007, 07:15 PM   #1
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Tricks for Installing Shocks

I'm putting front and rear shocks on my 2000 Wrangler and was just wondering if there are any special tools or any tricks to getting the job done?

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Unread 11-28-2007, 07:21 PM   #2
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Bar pin eliminators will save you some time and frustration, but if you opt out of those a vise and a big hammer is nice. You will have to grease up the bar pin and pound it in, I actually had to grind a bit off...I went to bar pin eliminators a couple weeks later. JKS makes some nice ones.
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Unread 11-28-2007, 07:41 PM   #3
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PB Blaster on your old shock bolts a couple of days before the install.
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Here is a good write up on installing a BB, which is shocks and spacers (above the springs). Ignore the part about the spacers.
http://www.4x4xplor.com/REBB.html
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Unread 11-29-2007, 09:52 AM   #5
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I'm putting front and rear shocks on my 2000 Wrangler and was just wondering if there are any special tools or any tricks to getting the job done?
I found that jacking up the *frame* (not the axle) of the Jeep >a few inches< allows you to install the new shock without having to hold it compressed while you get the bolts in place.

Replacing the rear shocks is very simple on the Wrangler.

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Unread 11-29-2007, 10:13 AM   #6
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a little anti-seize compound on the bolts will help you out next time you replace shocks...
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Unread 11-29-2007, 10:18 AM   #7
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Its an easy job. Just spray PB Blaster on the rear upper bolts for a few days as well as the rest of the hardware.
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Unread 11-29-2007, 10:23 AM   #8
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a long extension helps for the rear. i used a 12" extension and it worked great. had no problems reaching the bolts and was done very quick.

Bar pin elminators will indeed save you from having to put the bar pin in the shock which is nice...but i got some bar pin eliminators for my stock shocks and getting out the bar pin to install the BPE's was a huge pain.

the front is easy too. you may need a box end/open end wrench for the top nut on the front passenger shock as there is no hole to reach the top nut like on the driver side.
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Use anti-seize and bar pin eliminators. If you don't mind pounding in the bar pins then thats fine for the front. However on the rear the shock will slip sideways on the bar pin and clank around. To not have to do it twice buy the bar pin eliminators for the rear. JKS makes some nice ones.
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X2 on the bpe from jks, i'm running them all around an i like them. As for the shocks, a jack can be usefull to compress the shocks for the installation.
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i never heard a clank before i had bar pins...i guess some do though.

i got some dish soap and the bar pins weren't too bad...just had to cram them in with my hand. a vise helps though.
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i never heard a clank before i had bar pins...i guess some do though.

i got some dish soap and the bar pins weren't too bad...just had to cram them in with my hand. a vise helps though.
Depends on how you use the Jeep. Over time the sideways force of off roading will move the shock bushing off the center of the bar pin. That leaves play and you get the clanking.
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street, with mostly hill climbs and some rocks and i used to do some mud and water...

rockcrawler.com said they also had this problem with the rear shocks though...
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Unread 11-29-2007, 11:20 AM   #14
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Bar pin eliminators are the way to go...I don't have them and and have had to replace the bushings on the shock twice now. I actually have one clanging around right now. They come out when you do any kind of wheeling...probably fine if you are just driving to the mall though.
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Depends on how you use the Jeep. Over time the sideways force of off roading will move the shock bushing off the center of the bar pin. That leaves play and you get the clanking.
Never had any of that on my TJ in 174,000 miles & plenty of very tough trails.
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