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Hey everyone,
I have been using this site for help for a while now but, now I feel like I have to ask a stupid question.

I have been working with Greg at PRG to set up my 2011 S with a better lift. I am replacing the UCA’s , coil over’s with a 1.5in spacer, and putting on ARB OME’s in the rear. Last year I already had Bilstein rear shocks installed when I put on the rough country 2in shackles.

I started the install today with the rear springs. But, I’m having a serious problem getting the lower shock bolt off.

Here is my lazy/stupid question.. Can I install the leaf packs without removing the bottom bolt of the rear shock?
 

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Undo it from the top. Should be a lot easier. It's a 17 or 19mm nut

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Should be. Put the leafs back in, get all assembled, put wheels, set the truck I boys weight. Then using brute strength, compress the shock and rotate up to the stud and put it back on.

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Then using brute strength, compress the shock and rotate up to the stud and put it back on.
Or, use an endless ratchet strap around the entire shock and no brute strength is needed at all, just a little bit of finesse. Simply ratchet it closed until the shock it the right length, slide it on the stud and release the ratchet.
 

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Or, use an endless ratchet strap around the entire shock and no brute strength is needed at all, just a little bit of finesse. Simply ratchet it closed until the shock it the right length, slide it on the stud and release the ratchet.
That's how I did it after I fought with it for awhile.
 

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Don't count on the upper shock nuts being any easier to remove than the lower ones. The upper nut on my driver's side shock was easy, the lower nuts on both sides were difficult but possible using a floor jack but the upper nut on the passenger side was impossible without an impact wrench and various extensions due to restricted access. I had to take mine to a shop to have that nut removed - I could break it free, but not get the nut past the rusted threads even after cleaning with a wire brush.
 
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