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 Post subject: 4th Gen Shocks
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:39 pm 
I'll be installing some new shocks to my '01 SS within the next two weeks. Has anyone here done this before? I'm just looking for a heads up on any unforseen problems. I don't wanna start the project, then get stuck because I'm missing a special tool or something like that. This car is my daily driver, so it can't be down during the week.

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 Post subject: no forseeable issues
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:42 pm 
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Hey Keith, James from fbodycentral.com here and you shouldn't have any issues installing your shocks on the 01 SS. If you have any questions, call me at 410-242-0404.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 6:31 pm 
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Hey Keith, you really shouldnt have any problems. Its actually pretty easy. I have done this many times on my 3rd and 4th gen cars. You should be able to do it in a few hours. Have fun :D .

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The rear shocks are easy, the front shocks are a little harder. You will need a spring compressor and basic hand tools. If I had to do it again ,I would remove the shock/spring assembly and have a shop change out the shocks, most shops only charge about $30 and its worth it.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:51 pm 
Do I need a spring compressor even if I have aftermarket lowering springs?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:33 pm 
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The rear springs will pull right out after you unbolt the lower shock bolts and swaybar brackets and lower the rear. The fronts I believe will need a spring compressor even with lowering springs. The only thing hard about it, is using the manual spring compressor.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:26 am 
Thanks for all the information everyone.

For those of you planning to do this in the future, the rear shocks are very easy. The front, however, are a little more involved. The only problem I had was separating the spring from the strut assembly. I had to take it to a shop because the autozone spring compressor could not get the aftermarket springs off.

The rest was pretty straight forward. A little advice though, get the right tools. A ratcheting wrench saved my keister several times, along with both long and short 15mm sockets. Finally, a workbench with a clamp on it would make getting the spring/strut assembly a much easier job.

I'm just glad to get rid of those old shocks, when I took them out, I found out that they were made in France!!!!! What is the world coming to? :)


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