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Old 03-15-2019, 05:04 PM
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Shock replacement advice

I'm going to be replacing my shocks in a few weeks. I'm going with the Koni "special active" (the old FSD) since Im not lowering. That is not what this thread is about.

This is the first MAJOR job I'll be doing myself. I've been doing oil changes and routine maintenance for years and Youtube has given me the confidence to tackle something bigger.

From those who have done this at home, what advice or recommendations do you have? Any specialty tools I should acquire in advance? Resources or threads I should read. Tips & tricks?
 
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Old 03-17-2019, 12:21 PM
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Wasn't too bad, only problem I had was the top nut on one shock wasn't tight enough which made a knocking sound going over speed bumps so we had to tighten it up a little more. Otherwise straightforward install.
 
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Old 03-17-2019, 01:10 PM
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Great fun fast street strut/shock choice! Straight forward install. Plan an alignment after.
 
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Old 03-17-2019, 02:18 PM
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As mentioned, pretty straight forward if you are mechanically inclined.

Tool? Make sure you have a spring compressor. One of these can be helpful, too:
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-schwaben...-tool/scw3435/

Make sure when replacing the lower mount bolt into the control arm that it threads smoothly, and the lower shock mount is seated correctly before torqueing. Havein that bolt snap or strip makes the job much more cumbersome.
 
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thanks for the replies everyone! any other part "while I'm in there?" bushings that are likely toast?
 
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The only special tool you need is a spring compressor. But you can actually rent it for free from Autozone or Advance so you don't have to buy it.
 
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Snapped the retaining bolt in the steering knuckle on both front wheels on my son’s ‘02 when we changed his out. Had to replace both steering knuckles then. We’re in the rust belt so I’m sure that’s why.
 
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Snapped the retaining bolt in the steering knuckle on both front wheels on my son’s ‘02 when we changed his out. Had to replace both steering knuckles then. We’re in the rust belt so I’m sure that’s why.
The gen 2 is a little bit better there, with a bolt and a nut. Still a chance it could be rusted and break. But if it is and does, won’t have to replace the whole knuckle.
 
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:25 AM
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Originally Posted by njaremka View Post


The gen 2 is a little bit better there, with a bolt and a nut. Still a chance it could be rusted and break. But if it is and does, won’t have to replace the whole knuckle.
Sorry, I missed that this was 2nd Gen thread. Hard to see on my phone.
 
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