How to Install Rear Shocks


Installing the rear shocks on a car or truck is a straightforward and quick procedure, provided you buy the correct-size shock for your vehicle. Two bolts hold the shocks into place: one on top and one on the bottom. Replacing the shocks will provide your vehicle with the same smooth ride it had when it rolled off the assembly line. Before you begin, ensure that the vehicle is elevated and the rear wheels are removed; this will give you room to install the shocks.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket set
  • Socket wrench
  • Place the bushing retainer and washer on the piston of the new shock. Place the bushing on the piston after the washer and the retainer. Some shocks will come with the bushings already installed.

  • Insert the rod part of the shock into the mounting bracket. You may need assistance if you must access the assembly through the trunk.

  • Place the bolt through the bushing and the retainer. Tighten the nut with a socket wrench. This will secure the top half of the shock to the mounting bracket.

  • Tighten the bottom of the shock to the mounting bracket on the bottom end of the shock. Use the socket wrench to tighten the bolt snug.

  • Repeat this procedure for the other side of the vehicle.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are performing this task by yourself and the top of the shock is installed through the trunk, you can use Blue Loctite to hold the top of the shock in place while you move to the trunk.
  • Use extreme caution when working underneath the vehicle. Ensure the vehicle is properly jacked and that you're working on level ground.

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