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Can't get the front shock out

I'm in the middle of replacing shocks and springs on an '07 Jeep SRT. Did the rears, was easy. Moved to the front and got stuck on the first one I tried (driver's side.) The shock is sitting pretty in the clevis. I tried to loosen it a bit by tapping a large screwdriver down the back. Then went on to tap the shock from the bottom up with a bfh. Got the shock to come up out of the clevis 1/8" with the first few taps, but that was it. Spent the next 3 hours hitting the shock while trying to wedge different sized screwdrivers, drenching everything in wd40, but no go, the initial 1/8" is all I got and no more. Ran out of skill, not really sure what to try next.

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Side shot of base of shock sitting in clevis. Photo is taken looking towards the back of the vehicle:



View of the back of the clevis, looking from the top down. The space with the shock tab is where I was wedging the screwdriver to try and loosen the hold.


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Can't get the front shock out

Did you try and remove the lower clevis nut and bolt? Cause if your able to get that off you can then work on separating the shock from the clevis on a work bench or table.

If you have a mini sledge hammer I would give the upper part of the clevis that's holding the strut some really hard wacks. And hopefully that will release the strut.

Absolute worst case, you'll have to order a new set of clevis brackets.

When I installed my '08 WK lift, I don't remember the shock and clevis being difficult to get apart. Even when I did my brothers '07 WK lift with over 130k, his came apart no problem.


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Re: Can't get the front shock out

Thanks for your help!

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Did you try and remove the lower clevis nut and bolt?
That was the first thing I tried. Dropped the lower control arm all the way down. Tried the nut and that came off. Bolt wasn't turning. Sprayed some penetrating oil and got a 2 foot breaker bar and leaned on it, but nada. That bolt head is short.. I was afraid to lean too hard and snap it.

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If you have a mini sledge hammer I would give the upper part of the clevis that's holding the strut some really hard wacks. And hopefully that will release the strut.
I didn't try hitting the clevis because the strut didn't seem like it was seized in there. Maybe I should have anyway. Shock seemed stuck instead of seized, as when I wedged a screwdriver in between the shock tab and the sides of the opening in back of the clevis the shock rotated in place.

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Absolute worst case, you'll have to order a new set of clevis brackets.
I looked at the price tag. $500 retail a piece Also not looking forward to removing the stuck bolt.

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When I installed my '08 WK lift, I don't remember the shock and clevis being difficult to get apart. Even when I did my brothers '07 WK lift with over 130k, his came apart no problem.
125k on mine
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Re: Can't get the front shock out

Sorry, just realized I posted this in the WK2 section.
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Sorry, just realized I posted this in the WK2 section.

Holy shit!!! I had no idea those things were $500 each, wow 😮

You better get wacking on that assembly lol


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You better get wacking on that assembly lol

This morning I waved the white flag and took it to a shop.

They put the jeep up on a lift and pointed a thick metal rod at the bottom of the shock through the underside opening of the clevis. Then they used the rod as a punch while power-swinging a heavy sledge over the shoulder.

Seeing the force necessary, I don't think I could have gotten the shocks out with the forks still on the vehicle while working with a floor jack.
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