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Replacing Shocks/struts

Discussion in 'Chassis - Suspension - Wheels and Tires' started by Matt Forrider, Feb 3, 2018.

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    See page 13. Some of the specs I put in the text as I went.
    The ones not in the text are at the end.
     
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    I found them. Thank you.
    A couple questions about the jack stand locations.

    On the front, it looks like it is jacked up on the frame bar according oi my user manual? Where exactly would i use the jack at in the center of my car? And the jack stands would go on the frame part where the jack is in my user guide?


    Are the rear jack stands on the axle? You used the jack with that piece if wood and jacked the rear up from the differential?
     
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    Yes, I used the wood to protect the parts/frame from scratches and to add height.
    On the front I jacked under the lower A-arm right against the tire. Stands were put on the frame rearward of the tire.

    On the rear I jacked under the lower trailing arm connection to the axle.
    No, the rear axle has to drop to replace the springs. So I put the stands on the frame once it was in the air.

    For springs on the rear, once it is on stands, put the jack under the Diff to raise the axle, disconnect the shocks, sway bar, Diff breather hose, and the brake line mount bracket, then lower the axle. (Watch your brake lines!)

    I jacked one location at a time. Since I only had 2 jack stands, I did the front and rear separately. Blocking the opposite end tires to prevent rolling.
     
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    You wouldnt happen to have any pictures of exactly where youre talking about would you? Im trying to follow along with part names but dont really know whats what quite yet. I keep looking over your guide you made.
     
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    When I jacked up the front I used the same jack placement as in Pic #7 (of part 1a) Then placed the jack stand under the frame. Once both sides are on stands, you will need to reuse the jack as in Pic #7 to support the lower A-arm and steering knuckle when you pop the upper ball joint taper loose.

    Stands were put on the frame rearward of the tire on the flat part of the frame. I also used 2x4s to protect the frame and the lip on the frame, from the stand.

    No good Pics of the rear. But if you look at Pic# 16 in part 2, you will see 2 metal arms coming rearward (right to left in the Pic) off the frame to the axle. Those are the "trailing arms".
    Follow the bottom arm to where it connects to the axle and you will see the bracket it is mounted to. I jacked on the bottom of that mount, using wood to keep from scratching/bending the mount.
    ........., |-|
    Jack here ↑
    Do not use the lower shock mounting bracket to jack. It is not very strong.
     
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    I tried to search, but not very successful.

    What would you recommend as the OE front shocks replacement?

    KYB, Monroe, Bilstein B6 4600 or Rancho 5000 series preference? I'm looking for good durability for 90/10 onroad/offroad use.
     
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    I started a thread just about a similar question awhile ago and figured out that the shock/strut manufacturing are all about equal with maybe Bilstein being the best but also the most expensive. I don’t think there’s 2cents difference between any of them. If you go on each of their websites they all claim to be the best. I was hoping to get a definitive answer never did, with the exception of the afore mentioned Bilstein, if you want to spend that much, when you take into consideration of the price difference. My Dodge store service advisor advocates me getting new all the way round. He put it up on the lift and showed me one little drip and then quoted me $600. And I thought the guy was my friend? Thanks. Douglas
     
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    I bought full strut assemblies from Gabriel on autoanything.com. They said they were OE replacements
     
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    Also bought bilstein self adjust shocks for the rear
     
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    With all respect to members here, I don't give a s... to OE replacement sticker here in Europe anymore.

    I have seen Febi (decades known as equal or better than stock part) selling re-branded China crap.

    • OE replacement - means overall dimensions are equal to mm precision. Part looks similar and lasts at least first 1000 km. Warranty is rejected with argument the part was used on roads in bad shape.
    • Made in EU - means we're all equal in EU, but some countries are more equal. Country of origin is too east from Brussels so we don't care about QC, but wee want justify German like price.
    • Assembled in EU - means smuggled into EU from China and put into nice paper box here.
    Sounds Bilsteins are way to go.
     
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    Hi there
    I'm a very newbe here but have a interesting question about my front driveside shocks.....the spring has snapped so have been looking to replace them myself with a full coil kit (maybe the wring word lol)
    My question is tho. .. I've a Dodge Nitro 2.8 CRD SXT auto but when going to buy my parts all that comes up is the 3.7l version...now am i mistaken in thinking that the front shocks are the same or not

    https://www.rockauto.com/en/cart/

    These are the ones I'm looking at

    Please please help as I live in England and finding parts isn't easy
     
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    Hi Stephen, you should check in as a newbie,

    here is a link for parts in the UK ( iv'e never ordered from them ), this website shows that all Nitro's have the same springs and struts i'm not 100% sure this is true.
    so hold on for more input.

    https://www.bestpartstore.co.uk/dodge
     
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    Hey Stephen,
    European Nitros have all the R/T suspension setup.
    The shock seems to be same on SLT/SXT/RT
    Not sure from your wording, but both - shocks, springs must be replaced on both sides even if you'll be able to get only left or right.
     
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    The shocks are the same, the springs are not.
     
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    So the the ultra readymounts set coil included will not fit all 2008 DODGE nitros then just most english parts apart from Chrysler are out off stock
    Also plenty of utube vids showing how to replace them (seems quite straight forward.....) just no vid on how to get to the mounting bolts from the top tho?
     
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    Now that Fiat own Dodge, Dodge parts are supposed to be available at your local Fiat dealer !!!!.

    we think all the parts fit, but they are not the same spec on all models.
     
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    See/read page 1 of this thread. There is a link to my how-to. It is for a lift, but the procedure is the same.
    The petrol front springs are lower Lb. rated then the CRD front springs.
    If you don't mind the front sitting lower then it is (after things settle in). Petrol front springs will "fit".
     
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    Umm!! Fiat
    Think I've found a few things out
    The part number i was after is
    G5700840
    And yes all 2008 models have the same ultra readymounts
    Thanks everyone one for their help...
    Look like a us order is needed tho as still can't find them in the uk Screenshot_20180609-093148.png and Screenshot_20180609-093725.png
     
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    Fantastic thanks
     
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    those Gabriel struts should be just fine. as Scaro says your Nitro might sit at a slightly different height, so maybe wise just to have the tracking checked.

    there are 8 different springs listed for the front, and the correct ones for your Nitro are listed on the manufacturers label which is situated in the door shut area.
     
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