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Old 01-01-2009, 08:02 PM
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I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Quadcab 4x4 and was wondering how hard it is to replace those shocks. I've called around here and there, and it will cost anywhere from $65-$118 shop labor to install bilsteins all around. My truck just rolled over 90,000 miles, so I want to do some preventive maintance and replace the shocks. Should I try to attempt this myself? Any input would be helpful......
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shouldnt be too hard. shock replacement is usually pretty straight foward, all you should need tool wise is a socket set and some wrenches. very simple if you are mechanicaly inclined. might wanna hit the bolts with some pb blaster before you start just to make sure they break loose in case they are siezed up.
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It's probably do-able yourself, but I would have it done professionally just because that's a pretty important part to not have installed and working properly. Just my 2 cents.
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It's probably do-able yourself, but I would have it done professionally just because that's a pretty important part to not have installed and working properly. Just my 2 cents.
there really isnt anything you can mess up unless you dont tighten the bolts down. shouldnt take more than 30min at most for all 4 shocks.
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Yea it didn't take them much more than 30min when they installed mine, it also cost relatively nothing (it pays to know the guys who work on your truck) so I guess I'm a little biased.
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Yea it didn't take them much more than 30min when they installed mine, it also cost relatively nothing (it pays to know the guys who work on your truck) so I guess I'm a little biased.

What did you have installed on yours CreativeOffroad?
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I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Quadcab 4x4 and was wondering how hard it is to replace those shocks. I've called around here and there, and it will cost anywhere from $65-$118 shop labor to install bilsteins all around. My truck just rolled over 90,000 miles, so I want to do some preventive maintance and replace the shocks. Should I try to attempt this myself? Any input would be helpful......
if this shop labor includes the shock thats a heck of a deal if not +1 to all the above its pretty easy.
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if this shop labor includes the shock thats a heck of a deal if not +1 to all the above its pretty easy.
No, that shop labor just includes installation. Im thinking about getting the shocks from offroadwarehouse.com @ $279 for all four...
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then you would be better doing it yourself and spending the money you had for install on a CAI another easy install
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just did bilsteins on all 4 corners couple weekends ago on my truck. dont pay someone to do it. its too easy to do on your own. i did all 4 shocks by myself in 45 min to an hour. and that includes having a couple too many beers in the process. all you need is a crescent wrench, basic socket set, and an extension.

on another note... the Bilsteins are AWESOME! night and day difference compared to the stock shocks. really smoothed out the ride on my 2500.
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just did bilsteins on all 4 corners couple weekends ago on my truck. dont pay someone to do it. its too easy to do on your own. i did all 4 shocks by myself in 45 min to an hour. and that includes having a couple too many beers in the process. all you need is a crescent wrench, basic socket set, and an extension.

on another note... the Bilsteins are AWESOME! night and day difference compared to the stock shocks. really smoothed out the ride on my 2500.
Did you need any extra hardware? Bolts? Nuts? Washers?

I got my rear Bilsteins yesterday and there isn't any hardware at all, just shocks.

Does anyone else know if these extras are needed? Or can the old hardware be reused?

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just reuse the hardware that holds your stocks on.
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I would DIY just as mentioned above soak all the bolts down good with PB Blaster hours or even the night before you do it,otherwise an easy quick job can turn into a long PIA if you brake off a bolt,at 90,000 miles I'm sure you have a little rust on them. Biggest help-Air tools!
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Thanks for the info! I also confirmed with my local Dodge dealer to reuse the hardware. Also I'm considering paying them $88 to do the fronts!

From what I can gather the rears are much easier. What do you think? Is it worth it to pay them $88 to do the fronts?

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For those that bought aftermarket shocks...specifically those that cranked the T-bars, what size and model number did you get? I'm hoping to do this in the next month so just looking for a little info. With the fronts, cranking the T-bars to level, I'm not sure what shocks to get as most are associated with 3" or 6" lift...but not level or 2".
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Don't forget to apply anti-seize to the bolts before re-installing them. That can be a nightmare on your next shock replacement.
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Hey JoeHemi. I'm at that point too, have the 04 4x4 with the torsion special, and I need to replace my overextended shocks with 115K miles on them. I am torn between the stock replacement that's 2" too short or the longer which may be 2" too long. I've had a guy at a shock place that suggested stock Bilsteins and another from Truxxx that would go with the longer shock.
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bilstiens from a 2500 are 2" longer than oems for the 1500. in my opinion, that would be your best bet. i have a 2500 with a 2.5" level with bilstiens, and i dont even top out unless going over something CRAZY going way too fast
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Default Nuts on the bolts

Just curious when I replaced by front shocks, the bolt just screwed into the threaded hole on the control arm. One of the bolts after installing the new shock (Bilstein be5-6140-t5) seemed to come loose after a few days. Was wondering if there was supposed to be a nut that I probably lost. I am considering using some threadlocker and/or adding sleeves to the bushings, and maybe the eye won't wiggle the bolt loose.

The shocks only came with the bushings....Maybe I should have purchased the extra bushings and sleeves? I know some guys here just used what came with the shock...if you happen to be one...are your bolts remaining tightened?
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you might not have torqued them down right. find the torque spec, those are big bolts. a little loctite green wouldn't hurt I don't think. They never see any loading that will pull them out, so won't take much to hold them in
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