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Re: DIY WK spring install-use for shocks and struts as well

I just wanted to clarify to all doing a Strut replacement on their stock WK. Scott's info is great and I thank him for the detailed write up with pics. In my experience you can accomplish the struts without taking the brakes off. Also, don't bother removing the clevis with the strut assembly. If your Jeep is not rusted it is easier to remove the whole clevis assembly like he did, but in a previous thread i started I explained how hard it can be to deal with the lower clevis bolt on a jeep that has seen a lot of winters.

Remove the sway bar link, upper A arm (w ball joint seperator), and remove the UPPER clevis bolt. This will release clevis's grip on the shock. Keep the four nuts up in the engine bay tight. Take a hammer and punch, PB blaster, and start hammering down on the clevis which will eventually release the strut. Using this method I changed both front shocks in less than two hours. After you have the new strut in the coil put it back in and tighten the four nuts up in the engine bay. Pull down on the lower control arm and slide the strut into the clevis. Use a jack to push the clevis and strut back together. I couldn't imagine having to deal with the lower clevis bolt just doing a strut change. Like I said before, it takes 2-3 hours per bolt to get those bastards out! The only time that you have to take those muthafucas out are if you change your half axles.
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Re: DIY WK spring install-use for shocks and struts as well

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I couldn't imagine having to deal with the lower clevis bolt just doing a strut change. Like I said before, it takes 2-3 hours per bolt to get those bastards out! The only time that you have to take those muthafucas out are if you change your half axles.
Wow, I live in california and have virtually no rust. My clevis bolt practically fell out once the nut was off... I guess if I had to deal with that, I'd invent a new procedure too!
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Re: DIY WK spring install-use for shocks and struts as well

Seven years in vermont on a dirt road... Plus tons of road salt... Mine was stuck like concrete. it sucks, bc now I'm here in california and my car is the only one with a rusted undercarriage. The tech that aligned my jeep yesterday said he had never seen anything like it
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Re: DIY WK spring install-use for shocks and struts as well

Did this today. Liked the guide. Everything was dead on! Thanks
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Re: DIY WK spring install-use for shocks and struts as well

Hi guys, bit of a noob Q, i ordered a set of monroe front struts with mounting brackets seperately, but i seem to be missing the bump stops that go on the strut before assembling the two units together. any idea where i can get em from?
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Re: DIY WK spring install-use for shocks and struts as well

FYI.. If you attempt this and live in the northeast.... PB Blaster is your best friend for the Clevis fork bolt. Mine was rusted in, let it soak for an hour, then I was able to drive it out then. However with all the beating the nut took, I needed to get a new one.

So, my recommendation is pick up a new nut and bolt from the dealer before you start.
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Re: DIY WK spring install-use for shocks and struts as well

BUMP, so being as mines rocking a BB currently and im swapping a new strut with the coil already mounted (so the whole strut assembly will be assembled before install)... can i follow this write up as well- meaning i dont have to disconnect the upper control arm from the spindle and yadda yadda yadda. i can leave it connected and just loose the upper bolts and the bottom clevis and drop it out like that???

thanks for the write up!
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