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Old 09-24-2013, 08:13 PM
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What tools do I need for easiest 5100's installation? I know spring compressor, but are some better than others? Also....any other tools/advice that make the install process relatively easy? I'm fairly mechanically inclined, but all help is appreciated.
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I haven't done the Bilsteins on the truck yet. But I have done suspension work a bunch and I can honestly say the two piece compressors are dangerous. Opt for a one piece design and you'll be fine.
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We couldn't get the old shocks unbolted, tried heating with torch etc. Used sawzall with metal blades ,cut them loose, damaged the black plastic top covers. If I would of known that I would of purchase a set from dealer.
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We couldn't get the old shocks unbolted, tried heating with torch etc. Used sawzall with metal blades ,cut them loose, damaged the black plastic top covers. If I would of known that I would of purchase a set from dealer.
rent a spring compressor from your local auto parts store.


i found a set of through sockets to be the best thing for this project.

the challenge is getting the shock piston to not move when trying to remove the top nut. we stripped the nut and had to plasma cut the old shock in half to get the spring off.


you reuse the old spring seat. in order to get that off you need to bang the end cap off with a hammer. really easy.
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Thanks Guys.....sounds like I'll try renting a set rather than a trip to the local harbor freight.
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For the top nut, I left some tension on the spring and gunned them off with the impact. Easy-easy.

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This is exactly what I did as well. Worked like a charm!

Some penetrating oil will also help a lot with getting the top nut off. Just douse it and let it sit for a while so it can work down into the threads. That should make it come off quite a bit easier.
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Some penetrating oil will also help a lot with getting the top nut off. Just douse it and let it sit for a while so it can work down into the threads. That should make it come off quite a bit easier.
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