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Do I Need to Jack Up the Truck to Replace Shocks?

Just got my bilsteins in. Want to install but am not sure if I need to jack the rear up or not. If so, do i jack up from the axle (jack point right behind both wheels) or the frame? I am thinking I don' thave to jack at all but am not too sure what's going to happen when i undo one bolt.

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last vehicle i did shocks on- 88 bronco- required no jacking...

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From what I've been reading cause I have to replace my shocks, yes you need to jack it, and I believe with the frame.
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To replace rear shocks you do not need to jack up the car.

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Nope, no jacking needed. Just small hands to do the one on the passenger side.
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To replace rear shocks you do not need to jack up the car.
You don't need to jack it up front to remove the coilover? I would imagine you would have too.. I could be wrong and not thinking correctly.

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ok, i just went out and compared the new shock (bilstein 5100 for 2007 4wd xterra) to the one that is on there now- stock. The new one is like 3 inches longer. I couldn't compress it by hand but i didn't overdo trying. Will it compress? Aren't those bils adjustable? They have a black boot on the top of them, so maybe there is a way to take that off and adjust down? These shocks are for 0-3inches of lift according to the specs on the shockwarehouse site.

won't have time to do it now, maybe tonight- have a date. :-)

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leave the boot on, its there to protect the shocks piston rod... as for the length difference, if you were compairing it to a factory shock that is installed on your xterra then the installed shock should be shorter due to the fact that it's in a semi compressed state (in order for the suspension to cycle). oh yea, and don't worry about not being able to compress the 5100 easily, it takes a bit of "Grunt" to get it started but once you do you shouldn't have a problem. hope it helps.
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You do not need to jack up the truck to remove or replace the REAR shocks. The front shock would require the truck to be jacked up to remove the tires.

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You don't need to jack it up front to remove the coilover? I would imagine you would have too.. I could be wrong and not thinking correctly.
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yikes!!!!!


so i see that the shocks compress as one of you stated with some grunt but I cannot for the life of me get the lower shock bolts to loosen up. I tried a breaker bar, nothing. I am soaking with wd-40, that's all i have. I figure I will drive it tomorrow and maybe that stuff will works its way in to help loosen tomorrow night?

anyhow, the fsm says 148 ft/lbs but geez!! She won't budge and the bolt/nuts looks brand new...... Are they always this hard to loosen?

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