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Trouble compressing shocks for install?

Posted By: feets

Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 05/13/20 04:31 PM

I had to swap the shocks on my 92 D250. The new Bilsteins were too much to compress by hand so I had to get creative. Quick and easy!

Give it a shot next time you have to do that job.

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Posted By: BloFish

Re: Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 05/13/20 04:49 PM

Thanks for the tip. I’ll try it when I replace my A100 shocks this week.
Posted By: larrymopar360

Re: Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 05/13/20 06:02 PM

Good for rears, but man did I have a rough time with KYB fronts several years back. Coincidentally, I made a remark about it a few days ago on thread asking about KYB's and likes or dislikes.

Thanks for tip.
Posted By: moparjim79

Re: Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 05/13/20 11:47 PM

It
Originally Posted by larrymopar360
Good for rears, but man did I have a rough time with KYB fronts several years back. Coincidentally, I made a remark about it a few days ago on thread asking about KYB's and likes or dislikes.

Thanks for tip.


Especially c bodies holy cow!
Posted By: feets

Re: Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 05/14/20 12:00 AM

Originally Posted by moparjim79
It
Originally Posted by larrymopar360
Good for rears, but man did I have a rough time with KYB fronts several years back. Coincidentally, I made a remark about it a few days ago on thread asking about KYB's and likes or dislikes.

Thanks for tip.


Especially c bodies holy cow!


No kidding. I put some KYB GR2 shocks on the front of the Imperial and really dislike them. They were a huge PITA to get in there and I'm not looking forward to doing that again.
Posted By: moparjim79

Re: Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 05/15/20 01:31 PM

Originally Posted by feets
Originally Posted by moparjim79
It
Originally Posted by larrymopar360
Good for rears, but man did I have a rough time with KYB fronts several years back. Coincidentally, I made a remark about it a few days ago on thread asking about KYB's and likes or dislikes.

Thanks for tip.


Especially c bodies holy cow!


No kidding. I put some KYB GR2 shocks on the front of the Imperial and really dislike them. They were a huge PITA to get in there and I'm not looking forward to doing that again.


So, building on the ratchet strap idea, I developed a similar shade tree way to install fronts on the c bodies with the "tube"--- I used zip ties and went through the shock eye then over the top stud. Some I had to make up 2 separate zip tie straps( they need to be good zip ties). When the eye is resting in the lower control arm shock slot , after it's been inserted through the tube of the frame, you cut the zip ties and it will release the shock. You just have to guide it into the upper control arm slot. It's a PITA
Posted By: GoodysGotaCuda

Re: Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 05/16/20 07:08 PM

Originally Posted by feets
I had to swap the shocks on my 92 D250. The new Bilsteins were too much to compress by hand so I had to get creative. Quick and easy!

Give it a shot next time you have to do that job.



Did you try hitting it with your purse? tonguue
Posted By: mopars4ever

Re: Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 05/16/20 07:19 PM

I did`t like KYB`s we had on our F Body. They were a pain to remove the fronts. I ended up using a floor jack to compress them due to the limited access.
Posted By: Jjs72D

Re: Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 05/17/20 05:58 PM

If you don't plan to use these crappy shocks (KYB), Drill a hole in them to remove.
Posted By: feets

Re: Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 05/17/20 07:18 PM

Originally Posted by Jjs72D
If you don't plan to use these crappy shocks (KYB), Drill a hole in them to remove.


That doesn't make it any easier to install the new ones.
Posted By: MadMopars

Re: Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 05/18/20 04:53 PM

Originally Posted by GoodysGotaCuda
Originally Posted by feets
I had to swap the shocks on my 92 D250. The new Bilsteins were too much to compress by hand so I had to get creative. Quick and easy!

Give it a shot next time you have to do that job.



Did you try hitting it with your purse? tonguue


haha
Posted By: I_bleed_MOPAR

Re: Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 05/18/20 10:18 PM

I put new Gabriels on the front of the Dakota a couple months ago. I couldn't compress and hold them by hand long enough to start the lower bolts. After thinking about it, I got the small portable jack, stood a large 1/2" socket up on it, and jacked it into place. Would also work with the factory scissor jack but be a little more work. wink
Going out in the morning to put in new control arms and springs so I'll probably get to do it all over again. blush



Tim
Posted By: Stroker

Re: Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 06/06/20 06:41 AM

I put a pair of Bilsteins on the front of the T&C last year.
I was able to compress them, but not long enough to get them positioned to where they'd explode into the right place.
I was able to use some butt-kickin' cable ties I had to keep them compressed.
Not easy with a bayonet mount on top, lol.
After I got one in, I remember thinking that I hoped I'd never have to take them out!
Posted By: AARCONV

Re: Trouble compressing shocks for install? - 06/09/20 06:02 PM

straps are a good idea until you need to remove the hooks..
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