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Old April 10th, 2005, 08:25 AM
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Question Removing front shocks

In order to remove the front shock absorbers, is it necessary to also remove the curved cover plate screwed to the wheel arch above the shock tower?

The workshop manual doesn't say so, but once I get the shock disconnected from the lower spring seat, and the spring removed, I can't wriggle the shock and tower out. The top of the shock (its upper mounting stud), where it comes out of the shock tower, just won't clear the wheel arch.

If I remove the cover plate, I could slide the assembly out upwards, but there's stuff in the way of the plate (like the radiator expansion tank). Am I missing something?

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Old April 10th, 2005, 08:43 AM
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Just unbolt the expansion tank and pull the shock out. Did that when I replaced my springs.
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Old April 10th, 2005, 09:42 AM
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yep out through engine bay. jp
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Old April 10th, 2005, 11:42 AM
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YOu got it. I'm not surprised that you are replacing those shocks after looking at that pic next to your name. What shocks are you going with now?
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Old April 10th, 2005, 12:47 PM
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Mike,

At the time of that picture, I was running Bilstein's. Since then, I switched to Rancho 9000's with the in-cab adjustment. Now I'm trying OME, to match my springs. N115 heavy-duty Nitrocharger shocks up front, with my 751 heavy-duty springs, and N44 heavy-duty shocks in the rear, with extra-heavy-duty 763 springs.

Mixed in there, I've also got OEM rubberized spring isolators on the bottoms of my front springs, and rubberized shock tower securing rings on the tops. In the rear, I've got Expeditionware spring retainers top and bottom, plus 1" Expeditionware spring spacers (from http://www.expeditionexchange.com/suspension/).

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Old April 10th, 2005, 04:51 PM
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Well now you will have exactly the same setup that I have including spring spacers and all. Oh, I have med duty springs in the rear but thats the only difference. While I haven't been that high in the air, I have been off the ground and this setup sets down nicely. I had a buddy with a Heep in the truck with me on one occasion. He was so amazed at how softly the truck came back down that he swore I had some fancy expensive setup. I really like it.
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