Front shock installation *pictures

Front shock installation *pictures

Postby wallace [OP] » February 28th 2011, 5:51am

Hi all

My latest project. Installation of front shocks. The old shock on the passenger side was leaking oil so I decided to replace them both. Found Gabriel Ultra for 36$ a piece.

Installation was pretty straight forward. Learned about the "break the nut with a socket" from the forum. Great stuff it really works perfect. Haven't been able to test drive the car yet. I'll let you know what I think of the ride/comfort level.

Cheers / Wallace
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The new shocks!
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The extension in action, took just a few up and down pulls!
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The extension I used on the ratchet!
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This is what I ended up with!
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Removal of the lower nuts!
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Old and new!
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In place!
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Re: Front shock installation *pictures

Postby chevy57bert » February 28th 2011, 10:06pm

I wished my Van was as clean as yours... Did walli-e helped you?? :rofl: (still thinking @ your Video)
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Re: Front shock installation *pictures

Postby wallace [OP] » February 28th 2011, 10:52pm

:D He's always helping me!
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Re: Front shock installation *pictures

Postby paintdrying » March 1st 2011, 4:28am

thanks for the write up. After I did my front shocks I had wished I had taken pictures as well. That break the top nut did not work for me. I stuck vise grips through the coil springs, that worked real well.
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Re: Front shock installation *pictures

Postby oldtymehockey » March 1st 2011, 10:34pm

Is your van RWD? I believe mine was different. I have torsion bars.

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Re: Front shock installation *pictures

Postby chevymaherchevymaher is online! » March 2nd 2011, 3:47am

Chiltons has no pictures of your shock but yes they are different than rear wheel drives.They still show the torsion bar and it same mount as older ones where they do show the shock.I waited for someone who owns your vehicle to answer for a first hand kind of thing.
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Re: Front shock installation *pictures

Postby blue09rocket » March 3rd 2011, 6:24am

congrats on this dude, anyway i want to ask if gabriel shocks is still good for improving your ride quality. I read a lot of forums and they said its a crap (well, hope its not). I'm thinking to buy one. But my friend advised to go for Monroe or sachs rather than the former one.
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Re: Front shock installation *pictures

Postby wallace [OP] » March 3rd 2011, 9:15pm

The ride is firmer and feels nice. As the shocks are new I guess they are as good as any other in the same price range. Time will tell if they can stand up against Sachs, Monroe, Bilstein. But probably they wont last as long.
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Re: Front shock installation *pictures

Postby micmed » March 22nd 2011, 7:56pm

Thanks for the pics and the "break the nut" tip. Vice grips would not hold the piston from turning on mine. 205K on original shocks. It was time.
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Re: Front shock installation *pictures

Postby sierra1797 » March 26th 2011, 10:47pm

what exactly is the "break the nut" method?
I will be putting some front shocks on my '99 astro soon.
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Re: Front shock installation *pictures

Postby astroboy77 » April 9th 2011, 5:59pm

i used the break the nut method and it worked great you remove the wheels i used a 3/8" ratchet and snipe with 15mm deep socket and broke my ratchet head, so did not give up i used a 1/2" ratchet and all was good, you put the socket and ratchet on the nut and work the ratchet back and forth and it gets easier to move and then snap i had the original shock in the driver side and wow what a difference with munroe shocks no more roller coaster effect handles great now when braking and all around dodging potholes, saskatoon has plenty this year
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Re: Front shock installation *pictures

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Nice but your oictures are long gone
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