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Old 10-23-2017, 06:20 PM
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Guys - Quick question. Had the front end aligned today, and was told the front shocks were "shot." I didn't believe them because the ride isn't bouncy, but when I got it home, I noticed the front passenger was greasy (probably leaking oil).

I can't seem to find what I'm looking for regarding this. It would appear that to remove the shock, you can take the top bolt off, the bottom 2 bolts, and the shock absorber should slide out of the coil. Correct? Seems like everything I'm seeing online is showing that you literally need to take the front end apart to replace these things. I think I'm missing something. Anybody want to chime in on how this job is supposed to be done? Thanks
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Yep, time for new ones. Bilstein 4600s or another good aftermarket are both better and cheaper than OEMs so consider those. You got 6 years out of the stockers, that's pretty good.

I think you are getting confused because you are looking at 4wd writeups. 4wd trucks are more common, but changing shocks on a 2wd is waaaaaaayy easier. To get the coil off the shock on a 4wd you need a spring compressor and to pull the front end apart. On a 2wd I think all you need to do is take the wheels off really. Dad did his in his driveway on his 2009 2wd. I have to take mine to a shop (4wd).
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Awesome! I ordered two new shocks, and I may try to put them on tonight.

To do this, I:

1) Lift truck (from frame or control arm?)
2) Remove tire
3) Undo 3 bolts
4) Remove Shock
5) Replace.

Is that correct? Do I need to support the truck at the frame and let the spring decompress or does it matter with this setup?
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I'd be able to tell you if I had my Haynes manual but I am out of the country and can't look it up.

Don't wanna give you bad info, sorry
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Guys - Quick question. Had the front end aligned today, and was told the front shocks were "shot." I didn't believe them because the ride isn't bouncy, but when I got it home, I noticed the front passenger was greasy (probably leaking oil).

I can't seem to find what I'm looking for regarding this. It would appear that to remove the shock, you can take the top bolt off, the bottom 2 bolts, and the shock absorber should slide out of the coil. Correct? Seems like everything I'm seeing online is showing that you literally need to take the front end apart to replace these things. I think I'm missing something. Anybody want to chime in on how this job is supposed to be done? Thanks
you got a 2x4...there a piece of cake....1 on top 2 on bottom,drops right down...good luck
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