Installing shocks and I have NO idea where to start. - Chevy Impala SS Forum
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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-23-2004, 10:09 PM
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Just got my bilstein 1104/0929's in today and i have NO idea where to start right now but i am sure i'm gonna be able to figure it out.

I have the wheels off and the car is on jack stands... [img]graemlins/1.gif[/img] where do i go from there [img]graemlins/.gif[/img]
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-23-2004, 10:12 PM
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Please help me out quick.. if i need a spring compressor, i need to get there within the next 45 mins to do it tonight!!!
post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-23-2004, 11:15 PM
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Well i found out that i dont need a spring compressor to do just shocks so i went to the hardware store to get the shock removal tool and the first thing that popped into my mind after i figured out how it worked was.. damn this thing should be mandatory...

then i tried to take the shock off and the damn stud broke! aint that a B1TCH! LOL.. there goes the idea of giving a damn about the old shocks
 
post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-23-2004, 11:26 PM
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Shock removal tool? Thats new to me..... Didn't need any special tools when I did mine.....And no, spring compressor is not necessary at all.

Shock installation is a breeze, did mine in about 30 min (on lift)
post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-24-2004, 01:52 AM
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front shocks should be held in with two bolts in the bottom and one bolt on the top which should be accessable from under the hood, if not try to get it from above the upper control arm.

rear should be two bolts one on the top and one on the bottom
post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-24-2004, 04:07 AM
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Just got back from the garage and the fronts are a pain to do.

I wanna know though, how i'm supposed to torque the shocks and how much because turning them right now with a ratchet allows the shock shaft to spin, so i had to put an allen wrench on it and use an open ended wrench.

Is there any better way to do the fronts if you can't use the tool because on the second shock the same stud broke when the bolt was about half way up and its such a pain to remove i barely feel like trying. Once it's off though, the rest of the install is a joke. I tried the extention on the socket and everything else but i cant seem to get the passenger side off. Is there a way i can remove the rod from the shock and pull the rod up?

LMK. thanks for the help guys
post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-24-2004, 06:40 AM
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you can start with air tools

impact wrench or an air ratchet will tighten them right up.

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Is there a way i can remove the rod from the shock and pull the rod up?
well you can break it off but it would be much easier to loosen the bolt
post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-24-2004, 12:21 PM
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Well Man, Step 1 would be asking these questions BEFORE the car is sitting disabled in the garage

On the fronts : use the shock tool. When you tighten them down, tighten the top until the bushing squishes out to approx the same diameter as the washer above it.

On the rears : get some LONG socket extensions, and someone to help you. The rears are easier if you have one person holding the backing wrench on the top side of the frame while the other person turns the ratchet (connected to those long extensions) down below.
post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-24-2004, 02:51 PM
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Front Bilsteins take a metric hex wrench (Allen) in the top to keep the shaft from spinning. One will need a box or open wrench to get the nut tightened, since most sockets do not have a through hole for the hex wrench.
If you want to have a collection of tools, Sears (and probably other sources) sell a set of sockets and ratchet with an opening through the middle. Called (ready Bevis?): The O-Wrench. It works like a champ. A slightly less expensive option is a ratcheting box wrench, sometimes called a gear wrench.
For the rears. It is actually easier to get at the top fasteners if you remove the spring. Sounds hard, but once the bottom of the shock is loose, the spring comes out easily if the car is supported with the jack stand on the frame, the tire is off, and the axle is hanging. Remember remove only one spring at a time, and put the springs back in the correct orientation. Top pigtail faces left (driverís side). I hope I got that right? Ed and Bill help.
post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-24-2004, 07:13 PM
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Ed, you should know by now that that's not my style. LOL

actually i was just kidding when i first posted about the car being apart but i took a look under there and i was desperate to find out if i needed a spring compressor or not and a couple other things becuase i talked to a bunch of ignorant people that told me a bunch of wrong things. I found out now that it was exactly what everyone had posted before. I'm finishing drilling the bolt on the passenger side and i'm gonna put the front back together and start on the backs. Damn top bolt. I'll let everyone know how it goes once everything is done and i HOPE the back doesn't have any free spinning studs like the front does. Thanks again for the help guys. Can't wait to get it started!
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