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Old 03-08-2019, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Rear air delete

Well I started my suspension install today... for those of you that dont know. I'm going with moog 81085s, 4600s and Rancho quick lift spacers. I figured I would also take care of my brakes and rear wheel hub assembly's. I started at 8AM it was 18į here in WNY. Took some before pictures jacked up the truck to get it on stands. Get all four wheels off start spraying down shock bolts(PB Blaster), remove all brakes (calipers, caliper brackets, pads and rotors). Started wire brushing all the rust off calipers and brackets. Back for another spray down (repeated this ever 20 mins or so until 12:30). Spray painted all calipers and brackets. Also hit front knuckles and dust shrouds. And started trying to remove bolts and axle nuts. The DS rear axle nut wasn't even hand tight. Surprised it hasn't gone out yet. PS rear upper shock bolt came off with ease, just using my 24" breaker bar. All others a seized to bushings! I tried mapp gas, my big IR impact, nothing would break them loose. So my buddy will be coming by with his cut off torch and well get it done my next days off. I still need to get the rear hubs off too. I used my whole afternoon trying to get the last three shock bolts off.


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Why not use a grinder and a skinny wheel?

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Why not use a grinder and a skinny wheel?
Dont want to cut bolt. I'll be burning through bushings.

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Huh, I'm having trouble envisioning this. Looking forward to some more pics.
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Huh, I'm having trouble envisioning this. Looking forward to some more pics.
It'll definitely be interesting.. Plan is to burn through the shock eye splitting it open like a horse shoe. Then cut out the rubber bushing, and finally cut open the inner bushing same as above. Wish me luck!

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Goodluck indeed. And great work doing this and sharing pics.

I am definitely going to be watching this for sure.
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Goodluck indeed. And great work doing this and sharing pics.



I am definitely going to be watching this for sure.
Thank you! I'll definitely be keeping everyone posted. Much more pictures and videos to come. Hopefully upcoming videos won't be so explicit... I was slightly aggravated knowing I've been driving around with that axle nut having my 2yr old in the back seat.

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good luck and let us know how it handles after.
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Update, I got the shocks off without completely destroying the bolts. Also was able to get a few more things done. Removed my compressor and mounted something a little more useful in its place. I will need to get a spring compressor considering I was unsuccessful getting either balljoint loose. Soon as I get one I'll be able to finish this project. It really sucks having my only personal vehicle out of commission. I still need to get hubs removed.. lots to come. Photos attached

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FYI. In the future. You can buy all the hardware at the dealer. When I did my front struts I pre-bought all nuts, bolts and bushings just so I would have them in case of any problems. I think I had 30-40 bucks in parts.

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