Thanks for the writeup! I was going to go the same route with bilsteins but decided just to drop the ram. I was very curious to know how the ride will improve in the ram as I installed a new set on my 98' ranger I got for cheap on ebay and didnt notice a great differnce over the cheapy monroe's.
As for the rear I didnt run into any complications with removing the shocks. Was pretty straight forward to remove and install the shocks. I used a wratchet with a 23mm socket(a little lose on the nut will allow you to come in at a bit of an angle) and an air impact with the correct 22mm socket on the bolt.