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Old 09-10-2012, 02:02 PM
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IIRC they are struts on the front?

Struts are pretty easy, just need a few tools. I actually just did a set saturday on my wife's car. Took me 4 hours to do both front struts and the rear shocks.

After the old strut is out you have to get a strut coil spring compressor(autozone has loaners) and compress the spring then take off the piston rod nut that holds it on. If you don't have this tool it's near impossible and dangerous. It's pretty easy overall though.

What makes strut/shock changes difficult is usually rusty/corroded hardware.
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Here's what the strut coil spring compressor looks like. Ignore the fact that I'm using two different ones(from two different sets). One of mine got jambed/stuck somehow during use and I couldn't tighten or loosen it so I had to cut it to get it off then used an autozone loaner to finish up. So I had one of mine and one of autozones on the spring.



The one from autozone(bottom) is significantly better and easier to use. And twice the cost lol.
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Ok a couple of things here. Almost everthing you said isn't that hard to do, probably ball joints are the worst of them. If it were me I would do tie rod ends and ball joints at the same time because to do ball joints you have to disconnect the tie rod end. If you look at my post here http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=117742 it will help out alot on ball joints (lowers), and upper are very east on our style trucks because there are just 2 bolts because you replace the whole control arm.

Also isn't your 2005 torsion bars, not coil over? If it is a 4x4 then it is like this

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Thanks for the help guys I still have kne more class so I'll get on the computer when I get home. And no I don't have torsion bars up front.
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And no I don't have torsion bars up front.
sorry about that, my bad. I got the diagram for a 2005 dodge ram 1500 4x4 so I thought they were all that way and then the 2wd was coil over. guess I was wrong.
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sorry about that, my bad. I got the diagram for a 2005 dodge ram 1500 4x4 so I thought they were all that way and then the 2wd was coil over. guess I was wrong.
It's all good man hahah. I'm ready to get outta my class and start tearing my truck apart to look at some things.
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If you decide to do the lower ball joints I would rent a front end kit from an auto store like advance auto is where i rented mine at. Made the job 1000x easier
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Ohhh definitely. I planned on it.
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Ok, I was just letting you know what I found out. Don't even mess around with a pickle fork because its a waste of time. That front end kit that I was talking about has a separator for tie rod ends, and even more important it has one for ball joints that makes them just pop off. Here is what it looks like
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Yeah I saw it in your other thread looks like it makes it pretty damn easy. Guess I'll find out soon. Just gotta find time this weekend with real season opening Sunday.
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