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Old 05-04-2009, 11:44 PM
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Hey I got a quick question I was under my truck looking to tighten the lower shock mount bolts and to my amazement they are in a pretty hard spot to get wrenches and tools into. Any secrets to getting to those bolts/nuts. I am going to be changing them soon and any help would save me some cussing.
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:58 PM
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Fairly long extensions is about the only way if I remeber correctly. I think you can get a wrench on one side, but the other requires a socket/extension.
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Old 05-05-2009, 12:01 AM
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my 01 has a bolt head on one side, and a "flag nut" on the other. the flag nut holds itself in place and you just torque the crap out of the bolt head.

i didn't think it was hard to get to. socket on extension, with big pull bar...
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When I did mine, it wasn't that hard to get to, but I did remove the wheel to get to everything. Socket extension would work too if you don't want to mess with removing the wheel. All I had was an impact gun with a deep socket when I did it.
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:07 AM
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my 01 has a bolt head on one side, and a "flag nut" on the other. the flag nut holds itself in place and you just torque the crap out of the bolt head.

i didn't think it was hard to get to. socket on extension, with big pull bar...
+1 Same on my '99
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:53 PM
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try turning your wheel to the right and left to be able to reach in from the underside... or use a long extension
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Old 05-05-2009, 05:32 PM
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socket and extension pull bar or impact then take the 3 nuts off the top from under the hook and pull shock tower and all out. swap the shock and repeat in reverse
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wtf yall too lazy to remove a tire, just impact wrench it off.
makes it a good time to check brakes too
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+1 Same on my '99


Although mine has those flag washers as well, when they strip out it makes even worse as there is not much room to get a socket/wrench on whats left of the nut. Damn the northern Michigan salt anyway.
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:11 PM
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Thanks for the replies sound like it could go either way with my luck seized nuts, broken bolts, cutting/drilling etc sounds like fun. LOL.
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