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Hey All,

About to tackle the replacement of my rear shock assemblies and was reviewing the PDF's and DIY's.

The PDF says to "Counterhold Threaded Rod" and shows the following pic:



What is the device on the ratchet holding the rod? Neither of my OEM replacement shocks below appear to have a groove or socket to hold the rod without some special apparatus...

 

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you don't need it. weight of the vehicle will hold everything in place. need to loosen up the nut while vehicle still on the ground or use a jack to put some pressure on the suspension.

Enjoy..... DIY is always fun...
JM
 

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you don't need it. weight of the vehicle will hold everything in place. need to loosen up the nut while vehicle still on the ground or use a jack to put some pressure on the suspension.

Enjoy..... DIY is always fun...
JM
Do I even need an offset wrench then? Would a deep socket do?
 

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I found it difficult to do the rear shock/spring. Last 2 sets, I had the shop perform the work, just bring the parts. Others had done it as DIY and I don't disagree. However, it's a pain to remove the 3 top nuts. Even at the shop, took them 2 hours to remove/install with all the tools they have.
JM
 

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However, it's a pain to remove the 3 top nuts. Even at the shop, took them 2 hours to remove/install with all the tools they have.
JM
I am going to give it a shot. I picked up one of those 13mm flex-head wrenches suggested in the DIY. That combined with my freakishly small clown hands should help. :p
 

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Howd it go? I found this DIY pretty easy once you get in there. The three nuts on top wernt even the worst part for me, it was putting the bolt back in for the cross member/ control arm attachment.
If you havnt done it yet, do the passeneger side first. Its the easier one and will let you know what your up against. Plus give you the courage to do the other side while drinking spiced rums.
 

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Howd it go? I found this DIY pretty easy once you get in there. The three nuts on top wernt even the worst part for me, it was putting the bolt back in for the cross member/ control arm attachment.
If you havnt done it yet, do the passeneger side first. Its the easier one and will let you know what your up against. Plus give you the courage to do the other side while drinking spiced rums.
I haven't tackled it yet. Waiting on my fancy 13mm "floppy wrench" to arrive. :p

Thanks for the tips!
 

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picture available of the fancy wrench?
It's a 13mm flexhead ratchet that many say is essential to get to the top bolts.

 

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It doesn't have to have that hinged end, just be offset. It is nessesary to have though some variation of that tool though. Would be extremely frustrating and time consuming with a normal box end wrench.
 
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