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Old June 28th, 2006, 03:49 PM
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Question Shock Install Advice

I just received a new set of shocks and a steering damper from AB (they have a sale on Bilstein shocks till 7/7) Anybody out there have any hints on installing shocks on a stock D90? I searched D90 Source and didn't find any info...
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Old June 28th, 2006, 04:25 PM
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Get a giant pair of channel locks and wedge them against the tire to undo the bottom nut. Then undo the four little nuts on the tower and with the entire tower out repeat for top nut. Anticipate replacing both retaining rings that have the four nuts on them.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 04:37 PM
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Why would I have to replace the retainer ring?
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Why would you remove the shock tower?

Jack up the front of the Rover by the frame and drop the shock out of the spring. Slip the new one in the same way. Takes half the time of taking the tower off.
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A sawzall is a really handy tool, so is an angle grinder.
If the shocks are 10 years or more old you may find out.
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Well I just replaced the rear shocks and the steering damper. It was much easier than what I ahd thought. Only took about an hour.

Mike,

You recommend jacking up the front of the truck and removing the front shock through the spring. Do I need to remove the sway bar in order to drop the axle far enough to remove the shock? Is the spring somehow fastened to the shock tower? I don't want to be "wearing" a spring around my head this weekend

Anyway thanks for the advice...

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The spring is retained by the shock, it is not attached to the shock tower. One you detach both shock end nuts both the spring and shock can be withdrawn with enough droop. If you drop the front axles to slip the shock out, be sure to keep an eye on the brake lines, you CAN overextend them.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 09:27 PM
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Yes, it is easier if you drop the sway bar away, just the 4 bolts that hold it to the frame and then rotate it down out of the way. With the front end drooping the spring is under little to no pressure and it will not kill you. A little pressure down on the axle and it will slip out. The suspension bushings will bind everything enough that you will not need to worry about breaking a brake line, there will be little to no tension on them in a D90.

Its not really that doing it this way is a whole lot easier the first time... it is easier because you don't risk breaking the tower retainer ring and such (common), and once you do it a few times it gets really fast. If your towers are rusted and damaged looking though, you might check them carefully and consider replacement... they do hold the upper part of the shock in place.

and yes, a torch or sawzall is great for lower shock nuts. Be sure to coat the new ones with a Never-Seize type product so that when you do this again down the road everything will come apart easily.

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Good advice Mike. I appreciate it...
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how do you like the bilsteins?
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Thumbs up

The Bilstiens are great and worth every penny! My shocks were original LR and were pretty much dead...I could compress them by hand which made the removal easy.


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Dittto on the grinder and sawzall! Just bought my first grinder and more blades. Damn rust.
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