*How-To* Shocks - Front & Rear!! - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
 
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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-10-2007, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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*How-To* Shocks - Front & Rear!!

**I will have wrench sizes later tonight if needed**

What you will need:
-1/2 in socket wrench
-1/4 in socket wrench & 6+in extension
-2+ton jack
-(2)2+ ton jack stands
Rear!
Step 1: Lift the rear of truck via frame and support with jack stands. (easy part)
Step 2: Remove lower shock bolt. (smack it a few times and it will come out)


Step 3: Remove both upper shock bolts. (extension comes in handy here)

(late pic but still works)
Step 4: Remove stock shock. Repeat for other side.
Step 5: Install new shock and hand tighten upper bolts to hold shock in place.
Step 6: Install lower shock bolt.
Step 7: Tighten upper bolts. Torque them down good. Tighter is better.
Step 8: Tighten lower bolt. Torque it down good as well. Repeat for other side.
BAM!!!


Front!
**Z71 specific**
Step 1: Lift up and support front end of truck..
Step 2: Remove front tires.
Step 3: Remove up shock bolt. (requires torx style bolt to hold bolt still) Use open ended wrench to remove bolt.

Step 4: Remove lower bolt.

Step 5: Place new shock and re-insert lower bolt. (do not tighten)
Step 6: Place new bushing on upper bolt and tighten down good. (different shocks will need a diffrent tool to hold upper bolt still)
Step 7: Tighten lower bolt real good.
Done!


Sexy huh?

If i missed anything let me know so i can fix it.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-10-2007, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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random pictures!
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f42/j ... o/?start=0

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-10-2007, 11:16 PM
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Just wondering what the part number and what vehicle the front shocks are for? Thanks.

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-11-2007, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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same truck as you show in your sig but an 05...

skyjacker 8084 and 8040 i believe...they have them at summitracing.com

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very helpful dude! i think this should be a sticky! get the TOrx tool sizes for everything as well! And this will be a very helpful thread for those needing some assistance!


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I have bilstein shocks in the rear right now for the lift from the shackles. I was wondering which bilstein shocks I needed to buy for the front? I cannot find out which ones I need. The rear ones are made for a zr2 s10 lifted 0-2 inches.

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from their site they dont list them. i checked a couple others and they dont list part numbers. dunno what else to tell you about the bilstein ones

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Great job on the write up.

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Good job, but for the noobs there are two things I feel I should point out.

1. The front only applies to Z71's or 4X4's. 2wd (except Z71) have a coilover shock assembly and will require extra work.

2. In your writeup for the rear you said "Tighter is better." Everything has a torque spec. Now I'm not saying you should have to break out your torque wrench to replace your rear shocks but your philosophy is only applicable if you're too weak to break/strip out bolts. I've seen too many things ruined by goons overtightening things to not bring it up. Use good sense when tightening things down.

Other than that, great job. Very good writeup. I'm glad members are taking the initiative to make more writeups. It's only going to help the community. Maybe we should make a sticky with a link to all of the how-to's?

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I know this thread is ancient, but I'm doing this repair now and was wondering about bushing placement. My new front shocks came with 2 rubber bushings and 2 bushing washers, but the old shocks only had one of each on the very top. I'm just wondering if I need the 2nd set or if they're extras. This is a nice write up, but more detail in each step is always better! Thanks!
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-30-2016, 06:45 PM
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One of the bushings goes below the frame mount, with the washer on the bottom, and the other above, with the washer on top. That's on each shock.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-18-2016, 01:18 PM
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JeSuS - Thanks for this post! It was great to have the photos.

Rear Upper Bolts were 15mm
Front Upper Bolt was 15mm
Lower Nuts were 3/4

Thanks again!
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