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4X4-COIL OVER





1.Raise and support the vehicle.
2.Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
3.Support the lower control arm outboard end.
4.Remove the three upper shock nuts (1).




5.Remove the lower shock bolt (6) and nut.
6.Remove the caliper adapter with the caliper.
7.Remove the rotor.
8.Disconnect the wheel speed sensor wiring from the knuckle and upper control arm.



9.Remove the upper ball joint retaining nut and separate the upper ball joint (4) from the knuckle (6) using Ball Joint Remover.



10.Remove the stabilizer link lower nut (2).
11.Remove the axle hub nut.
12.Remove the shock assembly (1).
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right on thanks...do you have the torque specs to put it all back together?
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Or those who are stuggling lol, I spent 3 hours doing my front ones tonight. And now I realize I have more to do then just loosen the shock bolts.

I did the rear on my truck, and that was a peice of cake. The stock shocks I could compress with my puny body weight 130 lbs.

Ill report back on the front shocks, I really wanted to get it all done tonight but I failed.
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right on thanks...do you have the torque specs to put it all back together?
4X4-COIL OVER


NOTE: All suspension components should be tighten with the weight of the vehicle on them (curb height).


1. Install the shock (1) back in place in the vehicle.
2. Install the upper part of the shock (2) into the frame bracket (3).
3. Install the upper nuts (1). Tighten to 61 Nm (45 ft. lbs.).
4. Install the lower part of the shock (5) into the lower control arm shock bushing (7).
5. Install and position bolt (6) so head of bolt is facing rearward of vehicle and hand start nut. Tighten the bolt (6) and nut to 210 Nm (155 ft. lbs.).
6. Install the upper ball joint to the knuckle and install the retaining nut.
7. Install and tighten the axle hub nut.
8. Install the stabilizer link lower nut.
9. Reconnect the wheel speed sensor wiring to the knuckle and upper control arm.
10. Install the rotor.
11. Install the caliper adapter with the caliper.
12. Remove the support from the lower control arm outboard end.
13. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
14. Remove the support and lower the vehicle.
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Is there any way to do this without removing the upper ball joint?

I don't have power/pneumatic tools, and I'm afraid I'll have trouble breaking and re-seating the ball joint...

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I know this is a necro post but, I'm posting because I had some trouble finding information on changing the front shocks on my 2010 Ram 4wd. So if anyone else is searching as I was, they will hopefully stumble on this and get some help.

First, you do not need to touch the brakes or axle hub. You also don't have to touch the sway bar or link. I did on the driver's side and it did nothing to help my clearance to get the shock in and out.

Step 1 - remove steering tie rod nut
Step 2 - remove upper ball joint nut
Step 3 - put the nut back on both loosely to protect the threads.
Step 4 - hit the housing for both to break them free. They should pop off on their own after just a couple hits.
Step 5 - Remove the 3 upper shock mount nuts (NOT THE CENTER ONE YET)
Step 6 - Remove the lower control arm shock strut mount bolt and nut.

WARNING - it is a bit common for these to be seized in the metal center sleeve of the bushing. My driver's side came out fine, the passenger side required being burned out and I had to beat the bolt out of the metal sleeve. If this happens, you'll have to replace the bushing. The new one can be seated with a ball joint kit and NAPA sells a kit that is the bushing, nut and bolt.

Step 7 - Use a spring clamp to collapse the spring. Make sure to tighten both sides equally or it could be very dangerous.
Step 8 - Use a pry bar on the bottom of the strut mount to collapse the shock strut a bit and get it out over the lower control arm. Slide the bar between the U shaped portion of the shock strut and the control arm. Set the end of the pry bar on the lower control arm

Your shock should not be out.

Step 9 - You can now remove the upper strut nut holding the strut mount on (the center bolt you were told to not remove earlier.)
Step 10 - Slide the shock strut out of the center of the spring. You may have to reuse the spring mount off of the OEM strut. You'll also likely reuse the upper shock mount and the rubber/plastic pieces as well. The perch comes off very easily with just a couple hits. If it doesn't spray some WD40 on where it meets the shock strut and let it soak for a minute or two. You have to remove the OEM cap at the end of the shock strut to get it off as well. That hammers right off easily.
Step 11 - Put all the shock strut stuff back together and reinstall the center mount nut.
Step 12 - Line the upper 3 mount bolts with the holes and push up. Hand tighten the bolts to hold it in place.
Step 13 - Use the pry bar to partially collapse the strut and get the lower portion in place.
Step 14 - LUBE THE LOWER CONTROL ARM SHOCK MOUNT BOLT!!! Use some spray on white lithium grease and spray both the bolt shaft and inside sleeve. This will ensure it doesn't seize in place.
Step 15 - Replace the bolt and nut and torque to specs
Step 16 - Tighten upper shock mount nuts
Step 17 - Remove the spring clamps (again, even removal)
Step 18 - Tighten the nut on the lower control arm to torque specs

You'll notice the upper control arm will not be in place. Using a jack under the lower will not get it to meet the upper. Use a cargo strap. Even the cheap 3$ Walmart ones work (that is what I used.)

Step 19 - Put the tie rod end in place and torque to specs
Step 20 - Put the upper ball joint nut in place and torque to specs


It seems like more steps than originally listed, but it all flies by pretty quick and you don't need to have anything special aside from the spring clamps. It can all be easily done in a driveway (unless you run across a seized bolt, you may need help on that depending on your skill level.) You're not having to disconnect as much the way I did it and you have plenty of room to get everything out and back in.

I think I got everything. I'm sorry I don't have pics for the job. I may do a set later on (without actual removal) showing what I disconnected.
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