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removing bushings off stock shocks for 5100's

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Detective_Dan, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. Jan 31, 2011 at 9:37 PM
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    does anybody have a for sure way of removing the bushings off of the stock shocks to put them in the 5100's that wont F them up?
     
  2. Feb 1, 2011 at 7:57 AM
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    bump anybody?
     
  3. Feb 1, 2011 at 8:27 AM
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    Why do you need to add bushings to the 5100's? Mine came with bushings.
     
  4. Feb 1, 2011 at 8:34 AM
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    on the Down South motorsports site, where I also just ordered some billies, it states that the new billies dont come with bushings but you can use your factory bushings if they are still in good condition.
     
  5. Feb 1, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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    i just ordered mine from shockwarehouse.com and i dont know if tey come with the bushings or not so just in case, i need to know how to remove them off the stock billys
     
  6. Feb 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM
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    I think they are talking about the upper shock mount...which yes you need to re-use your stock upper mounts.
     
  7. Feb 1, 2011 at 11:21 AM
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    ok well i have no suspension experience, although i dont think it will be difficult to change the shocks out. im a mechanic in the military so its not my first time picking up a wrench. i guess when i get them in the mail later this week i will post a pictures and somebody can chime in on what i need off the stock shocks
     
  8. Feb 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM
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    KPT sees what you did there.

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    I reused my stock bushings. It's fairly obvious what to do once you actually have the stock shocks off of the truck.
     
  9. Feb 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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    They are pretty easy to install. I installed mine w/ my 2" aal in about 6 hours by myself.
     
  10. Feb 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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    alright cool.

    keith, i gotta say. at one point or another, you are always savin my ass haha
     
  11. Feb 1, 2011 at 11:31 AM
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    Yep.

    And a few tips:

    -Have two floor jacks and also use your stock bottle jack.
    -Remove your sway bar completely (it gets in the way when trying to install and remove the shock assembly)
    -Seperate your upper ball joint


    use a floor jack and the stock bottle jack to reconnect the knuckle to the UCA.
     
  12. Feb 1, 2011 at 11:36 AM
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    im gonna go to the auto hobby shop on base. they have vehicle lifts there. they have the kind that lift from the wheels, and the kind that lift from the frame with the arms
     
  13. Feb 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM
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    True statement. I just did mine last week and I had zero experience wrenching on suspension components. My skill level previously didn't extend past oil changes. Once I pulled the stock coilover out, I just laid the pieces out in the order they came off and reversed that procedure when rebuilding the 5100 coiloer.

    This is crucial. I found this out the hard way. After my buddy and myself both tugging really hard on the UCA and LCA, we figured it out to use a floor jack and 4x4 to push the LCA up to the UCA.

    I also used the base lift and tools. They have everything you could possibly need. The 2-post lift worked perfect and made this job a ton easier.

    A recommendation. If you have a skid plate I'd recommend removing it to remove the sway bar. I first tried to undo the sway bar without removing the skit plate. I was successful, but upon putting everything back together, it proved to be a major PITA. I finally ended up removing it to make things easier.
     
  14. Feb 1, 2011 at 1:37 PM
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    Yep...I forgot to elaborate on "removing" the sway bar. I had to remove my skid plate anyways to do the diff drop.
     
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