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01grand 06-28-2011 10:20 PM

Bilstein shocks
 
Well after reading many reviews on this forum I finally went ahead and ordered 4 Bilstein HD shocks for my Jeep. :D If the timing works out I will be installing them this weekend. Any tips from those who have been down this road before?

mon_21 06-28-2011 10:26 PM

Re: Bilstein shocks
 
Might want to spray the nuts n bolts some PB blaster a day before if this is the first time the shocks will be changed, other than that it should be a fun day for you. Should not encounter any problems.

TJXJWJ 06-29-2011 08:37 AM

Re: Bilstein shocks
 
Lots of folks have "clunking" afterwards from the upper shock bolt not being fat enough to fill the hole in the bushing. Just make sure everything is really snug. To get the fronts off I had to vice grip the chrome shaft of the old shock REALLY tight so that I could get the nut off the top stem. Otherwise, spinning the top nut will result in nothing more than the chrome shaft spinning right along with it. I did all 4 in like 2-3 hours, taking my time. Don't be afraid to start dicking with it sooner. See if you can get a wrench on the top of those front shocks...make sure you've got what you need. If I remember correctly, it was a tight squeeze with my trusty knucklebuster under the master cylinder.

Then budget some time afterwards to just drive it around because you're gonna love the way it feels....

mon_21 06-29-2011 08:54 AM

Re: Bilstein shocks
 
Oh and keep an eye for a welded nut, mine was covered with dirt n oil, I tried to remove those when I 1st did it and I was getting pissed coz it won't budge. Only after I sprayed it water n cleaned it off did I realize that it was welded and that I had to turn the bolt instead of the nut. One of my bloopers moment in life....

01grand 06-29-2011 09:09 AM

Re: Bilstein shocks
 
Sounds good guys thanks for the tips. I am a little worried about getting the top nuts off the front, one burred between the TCM and A/C accumulator and the other under the brake mc.

Yes Tony, I plan on doing this in the morning so I have the whole afternoon to drive around...

TJXJWJ 06-29-2011 12:57 PM

Re: Bilstein shocks
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 01grand (Post 439378)
Sounds good guys thanks for the tips. I am a little worried about getting the top nuts off the front, one burred between the TCM and A/C accumulator and the other under the brake mc.

Yes Tony, I plan on doing this in the morning so I have the whole afternoon to drive around...


Atta boy...next you may want to consider some Addco swaybars...that puts the finishing touch on the handling for the WJ.

Don't forget too...worst case, you can hack off some of the stem and get a deep socket ratchet on it. I forget how long those stems are. All I remember is cursing with a knucklebuster in my hand.

01grand 06-29-2011 04:44 PM

Re: Bilstein shocks
 
Yeah, I kinda figured I would end up scrapping up my knuckles a bit. What fun is car work without a little blood? lol

Next mod will most likely projector headlights, what do you think would look best for a steel blue WJ, chrome or black?

TJXJWJ 06-29-2011 08:53 PM

Re: Bilstein shocks
 
That's a hard one dude...I still wonder if I should have gone with chrome projectors or the black ones I have. I really don't think you can go wrong either way.

mon_21 06-29-2011 09:42 PM

Re: Bilstein shocks
 
Just a matter of personal preference in my opinion. Just like TJX said, you can't go wrong either way.

Want to switch projectors TJX.....lol!

TJXJWJ 06-30-2011 07:22 AM

Re: Bilstein shocks
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mon_21 (Post 439749)
Just a matter of personal preference in my opinion. Just like TJX said, you can't go wrong either way.

Want to switch projectors TJX.....lol!

Hehehheh...hey, you never know...I might PM you one day. We can switch out one projector and both our jeeps will look like they have a black eye.:fighting:

mon_21 06-30-2011 08:33 AM

Re: Bilstein shocks
 
LoL... a cockeyed WJ! That will be a first....

01grand 06-30-2011 10:24 AM

Re: Bilstein shocks
 
TJ, I see from your sig you are still silverstars in your projectors? it seems most people also upgrade to HIDs, is the light output still pretty good? Projectors are expensive enough I was planning on keeping my current silverstar bulbs just wondering what you think.


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