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Old 05-12-2009, 10:02 PM
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The ball joint does NOT need to be removed. The bottom of the shock is gripped by a yoke. The bottom of that yoke fits over a horizontal "stud" on the lower control arm. I used a large pickle fork to knock it off; others have used a Pittman arm puller, and some use a BFH. Once it is off, and the two nuts under the hood are removed, the yoke/spring/shock assembly will fall right out.

Take the assembly over to your bench vise and remove the bolt that holds the shock in place. Then, I used a chisel to wedge the yoke open and lifted the shock/spring assembly out. Use your spring compressor and you are good to go.

When reassembling, don't tighten the shock in the yoke. This will allow you to spin the shock in the yoke to easily fit it back into the holes at the top, and to slip the bottom over the stud. Once those are snugged, you can cinch the shock in the yoke.
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:03 PM
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Well after reading way too many posts I decided on the Bilstein HDs. I normally lean towards a firmer ride, just not harsh, so hopefully I won't regret it.

I'll check back after i get them installed.
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:10 PM
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Well after reading way too many posts I decided on the Bilstein HDs. I normally lean towards a firmer ride, just not harsh, so hopefully I won't regret it.

I'll check back after i get them installed.
I have ran bilstein HD's and 5100's on other vehicles and they are amazing shocks, imo.

Rancho, I've never been a fan of.


My HD's are scheduled for delivery today

The big question si can I resist the urge to install the rears tonight? or will I wait until the weekend so I can do it all at once?
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:24 PM
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I ended up installing them last night. It does ride better than factory shocks.

However, they are really short! I don't like how short they are. I installed the tops (like I've always done) and the bottom only extends about 2" below the bottom mount! Tires were on the ground and I was simply crawling under the truck to do it.... The full weight was on this. And that's without the spacers installed. If I install the spacers, I won't have any downward articulation!

Does that seem right to you guys? I've always expected shocks to provide at least a few more inches of movement.

I know lots of people go with Z71 springs from an avalanche, and use the longer shocks for that... Any reason I shouldn't get Bilstein 5100's for an Avalanche?

Does anyone want to buy some Bilstein HD's with 15 miles on them?
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:30 PM
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Just got mine today. Will post after get them in.
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:30 AM
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Unfortunately, I recently had the opportunity to RENT a 2008 TB LS (6400 kilometers on the odometer) while mine is in the shop for a blown head gasket. I'm still driving the rental (for at least another week). This is an excellent opportunity to compare my 2005 TB (99,000 miles) with the Bilsteins and Mark's Lift Meister. I like the Bilstein HDs better than the new TB ride. The new ride seems to float and drift a little more than my TB does. As far as performance, the new TB doesn't seem to have any more pep than my stock '05. The cabin noise is about the same. So, all-in-all, I'm very satisfied with the durability of the TB (head gasket not withstanding).
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:12 PM
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Ok, got the back ones in last night, only took 30 mins, and all I an say so far is damn what an improvement!! Firm not harsh makes it feel like a different car. Like others have said already it gets rid of that wallowing through turns and such. Really tightens up the ride.

Can't wait to get my spring compressor so I can do the fronts.
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:20 PM
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Can anyone provide more info on removing front shocks? My spring compressor was too big for the spring. Can it be pulled out without compressing the spring first?
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:32 PM
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Can anyone provide more info on removing front shocks? My spring compressor was too big for the spring. Can it be pulled out without compressing the spring first?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. Do not attempt that. Serious injury may result. Assuming you didn't get hurt, you certainly couldn't reassemble the coilover.

You must use a spring compressor (properly) to replace front struts.
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:36 PM
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Can anyone provide more info on removing front shocks? My spring compressor was too big for the spring. Can it be pulled out without compressing the spring first?

buy the proper compressor... unless you wanna become another Darwin award winner
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