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going to install them 4th of july weekend I went ahead and bought the replacement bushing for the lca just in case. but before I dig in im hoping to get some tips on getting that dang lower strut bolt out any write up would help. thanks in advance. also if I do mess up the bushing how do you replace them and if I mess the bolt up do I have to order them from the dealer?

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http://dodge forum.com/forum/4th-gen-ram/312121-bilstein-5100-diy-install-pic-heavy.html (take out the space when you paste the link)

http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=89526
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thank you I think these will help. im a little nervous about the install but I used to do a lot of wrenching back in high school so hopefully it will all come back. do you know if I can replace the existing lca bolt with a 5/8" bolt?
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thank you I think these will help. im a little nervous about the install but I used to do a lot of wrenching back in high school so hopefully it will all come back. do you know if I can replace the existing lca bolt with a 5/8" bolt?
look in that one write up i sent you, he tells you exactly what to use to replace the bolt. 4" 5/8" grade 8 bolt. I got mine from lowes. You might want something a tad longer than 4". With the nut on there and lock washer, the threads are flush with the end of the nut. So if you want some extra thread, get a longer bolt. Mine's been fine tho, hasn't backed off at all. I check it all the time

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- Moog or Raybestos part # K200183 about $32 anywhere (This is the replacement bushing for the lower control arm at the strut fork)
- (2) 4" 5/8" bolts (I used grade 8)
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- (2) 5/8" lock washers (yep, grade 8)
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i guess I just looked right past that part. both of the write ups will be extremely helpful. but by the end I may have to replace the beer with a little jack daniels
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i guess I just looked right past that part. both of the write ups will be extremely helpful. but by the end I may have to replace the beer with a little jack daniels
ha, it's not that bad.

I highly suggest a set of through sockets. (kind of expensive, see if you can borrow some). They are really helpful when trying to keep the shock piston from spinning when getting the top nut off (to get the spring off). We stripped the nut and have to cut the old strut out.

like these: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...Fehr7Aod6FQACQ
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i guess I just looked right past that part. both of the write ups will be extremely helpful. but by the end I may have to replace the beer with a little jack daniels
ha, it's not that bad.

I highly suggest a set of through sockets. (kind of expensive, see if you can borrow some). They are really helpful when trying to keep the shock piston from spinning when getting the top nut off (to get the spring off). We stripped the nut and have to cut the old strut out. The old struts use an allen head, where the new ones use something else.. I think. I can't remember. You'll see what I'm talking about when you get to it. So the through socket will allow you to back the nut off, while holding the "piston" still with the allen wrench.

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