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.
2006 Limited 5.7, SRT8 Manifolds, 3'' custom walker quietflow system, Crazy Jay Cam, Inertia Performance Heads, Airaid intake tube w/ KN drop in filter, srt8 pushrods, bilsteins, diablo