I just changed my shocks today and Thought I would give a how to on it. I tried to snap some pictures, but that can be hard to do at times...
1) I went and cracked the lug nuts on the front tires so I could remove tire once in air
2) Lifted truck in the front, and put jack stands on both sides. I also block my rear tires just for safety
3) remove tire to make easier to get at bolts
4) Support control arm at current level
5) My shocks came with new hardware for front shocks (i think all will but make sure before you do this step). I took a reciprocating saw
and went just below the top plate and cut the bolt like this.
6) There is a bottom bolt also to get out and you DO NOT want to cut this bolt. I sprayed it with PB blaster and it came out fairly easy. Once this bolt is out your shock will fall so be careful.
7) You are now ready to install the new shock. Here is a picture with the new and old shock side by side
Notice the white strap on the new shock. You want to keep that on at this time.
8) take your new shock and new hardware and put a washer in then a rubber spacer. Once this is done slide the shock into the bolt hole and put another rubber spacer and washer. Then the nut goes on. Should look like this
. I just put the nut on a few turns to hold it.
9) I cut the white plastic strap. When I do this I direct the shock towards the bolt hole. It will go down slowly so I take the bolt and slide it in as it go by the mount
10) tighten the bottom bolt (can't recall size, sorry)
11)tighten the top bolt by using a 19mm open end wrench and a 19 mm socket like this
. The 19mm open end wrench will hold the shock so it doesn't spin when you tighten the nut down. You want to smush/expand the rubber spacers
You are now done with one side, just repeat this process on the other front side.
Once the other side is done, and tires put back on snug the lug nuts while still in the air. Once you lower the truck back to the ground you will want to do a star pattern around the lugs and get them at 100ft lbs
For the rears I didn't have to lift my truck I was able to work under it
1) I sprayed all the bolts with pbs blaster
2) I lowered my spare tire to make the top drivers bolt easier to get to. If you don't know how to do this it is very simple. Under your seat is a tire change kit with wrenches and bars. Remove the kit and take the bars to the back of your truck. There is a hole above your license plate to stick the handle into. If you look in there you will see a square that you need to get the bar onto. Once you slide that on it, it will look like this
Just crank the tire down to the ground and you can remove it from the holder
3) I supported the truck at current level for when I removed the shock.
4) now you will want to get an open end wrench (7/8 I believe, but I may be wrong.), and also a socket in same size for the lower bolt. Let the wrench catch on the axle and remove the nut with the socket.
5) This is the most difficult bolt to get at, and it is the top bolt on drivers side. It is 13/16 size and you need 2 sockets. (I don't have any pictures of this as I was VERY frustrated at this time). I had to have help holding one of the sockets against the frame, when I turned the other one.
6) my shocks were stuck in the mounting spots so I took a crow bar to loosen them up.
7) You are now ready to install the new shocks.DO NOT REMOVE WHITE STRAP
I did the top bolt 1st. I lifted the shock into the mount when I had some slide the bolt in. I then tightened the bolt a few turns and went to work on the the lower bolt
8) This is when I cut the white strap. You want to be ready when you cut that strap because the shock is going to extend. As the shock is extending you want to guide it into the mount. Once the shock is into the mount I took a screw driver and pried it up to slide the bolt in.
7) I then tightened both bolts.
Repeat this process on the passenger side rear.
Once done, don't forget to put your spare tire in place. Just slide the holder through the center cap, and turn that rod the opposite way until its tight
Here are all of my shocks.
As you can see they were in rough shape
I hope this helps someone. If have any questions just ask