how to change shocks?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mcwlandscaping, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    just got new shocks for my truck do i install them the easiest way possible? thanks
  2. fulano

    fulano LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    If they are just shocks get under the truck and unbolt the old ones and bolt in the new. If they are struts you'll need a strut compactor which you can get on loan from autozone or other autoparts stores. Raise the vehicle and support with jack stands. Then unbolt top of strut usually 3-4 bolts not the center one. Also the bottom bolt in the lower control arm. Then take apart strut and reinstall.
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    ok, cool, these shocks are goin to be easy, i got monroe magnum heavy duty shocks, the old ones are bad, i can pull them apart with my hand for the most part!! this is tomarrows project!
  4. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    best best is to leave the straps on them if you haven't cut them off yet. cut them after you get one end installed and then use some muscle to squish it down to the right length to install the other end.
  5. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    i was so tempted to cut them off!!!haha, but, i figured they might shoot a hole in my wall so i refrained myself from doing that
  6. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    a strut compressor can literally take your head off if you let it slip. best to take off the whole assembly and go to a tire shop. for 10-15 bucks apiece, they'll swap the springs over for you. by saying they are banded, i know you have shocks, but keep this in mind if you ever do a strut.
  7. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    shcoks for the rear are very esy, i think the front of your truck uses struts? I am replacing my monroe air-shocks with another set of air-shocks, i was told by a mechanic friend of mmine that it would take me less than an hour to replace both rear shocks. But if you are going to replace the front struts then you should take it to a garage.

    oh and while you are replacing the shocks, inspect the leaf springs for any damage, as they are the real suspension, the shocks are just helpers.
  8. fulano

    fulano LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    I have changed struts on my '91 mustang, '04 ford f150, '01 ford lightning, '95 toyota tacoma, and '91 toyota tercel all within the last couple of years and have never had any problems. Hundreds of thousands of people change struts every year and don't take their heads off. That is like saying shooting guns can kill you. Sure they can if you use them incorrectly.
  9. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,783

    well I would'nt doubt Brendan Smith, He knows his sh!t when it comes to cars and trucks, especially Chevrolet's.

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