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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-25-2006, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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HELP! Shock install tricks???

My wife got me 6 Fox Racing remote reservior shocks for Christmas. Spent *4 hours* this morning trying to install them...got ONE on in that time period. Finally gave up. The problem is...how the heck do you keep them compressed long enough to get them installed? The way I got the one on was I compressed it and had my wife tie nylon string from one end to the other (through the bolt holes). This kept it compressed but it was still a huge PITA to install. If I install the top first, it's almost impossible to push it up and hold it long enough to install the bolt. HELP!
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When I installed my Bilsteins...they were shipped compressed with plastic ties holding it in compression. The rears were also a pain in the butt to install. IIRC...I ended up installing the bottom bolt first...then cutting the plastic holddown and letting it lift to the top mount.
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When I installed my Bilsteins...they were shipped compressed with plastic ties holding it in compression. The rears were also a pain in the butt to install. IIRC...I ended up installing the bottom bolt first...then cutting the plastic holddown and letting it lift to the top mount.
I'm gonna start fresh in the morning and I think that's gonna be my plan of attack. Bottom bolt first. Thanks.
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I'm with Dave on the Bilsteins....I will install the top mount loosely first, then snip the plastic ring around the top, and with a screwdriver handy, will guide the bottom into the mount, and use the screwdriver on the backside hole to hold the shock. Then I can install the bottom bolt.

I've also dealt with shocks without tie straps, and have installed the top bolt first, then used a jack to compress the shock until I could install the bottom bolt.
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Your best bet is to start lifting weights.
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I make a chain of zip ties (medium duty ones), compress the shocks with loops on both ends keeping them compressed. Pull all of the zip ties tight. Install the easy end with one bolt, point the shock at the next hole and cut the zip ties...wallaa shock goes into place. Trying to compress those shocks laying on your back under the truck is just asking to get hurt. Even if you waste bag of zip ties, it's better than a hernia or torn back muscle.

We used the above method to install these in my buddies truck (F150), but the principle is the same

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I've also dealt with shocks without tie straps, and have installed the top bolt first, then used a jack to compress the shock until I could install the bottom bolt.
This is what I did. worked perfectly. :Thumbup:

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I've always just installed one end first...top or bottom. Then grab the other end...compress, insert bolt, and done.

Easier to insert bottom first since the top is easier to grab.

Then again, I'm pretty good size so I may make it seem easier than it is
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I usually just put on at a time. If I were you and there that hard I would take a motocycle tie down and rachet the shock compressed.

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Use a Ratchet Strap dude. :


The only reason DC can compress his with his hands is because he only runs 10psi in the shocks laugh
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