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Old 03-19-2011, 02:50 PM   #1
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Front shock install for dumbies?

I bought replacement front shocks for a 1980 1/2 ton 4x4 I bought recently (front shocks were missing) but I've never replaced front shocks on a truck before...

The shocks are Pro-comp ES-3000's (#324509) and came with two hardware bags that have some sort collar type incerts and 2 "metal dog bone" pieces but no instructions and the website doesn't have any install instructions either...

Can someone help a noob out?

Just looking for proper instuctions so I'm not mucking about wasting my time or eating the end of the shock when I try to uncompress it



I'll also need to know what size/length/grade or bolts/nuts/washers to pickup too for the front shocks and for the rear shackles as one side had the end of the rivets ground off before I bought it.....
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:58 AM   #2
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Re: Front shock install for dumbies?

Not all those parts will be used. They are in there to meet the requirements of numerous applications. Most likely you'll just need two of the sleeves for each shock. They will be the ones sized to slide over the bolt that secures them, and they will be very close to the same width as the eye of the shock. You push them into the rubber eye on each end of the shock. Then bolt them on.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:03 AM   #3
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Re: Front shock install for dumbies?

I figured the bushing inserts out short after.

However the shocks are compressed and there is no visable restraint.
I spun one of the ends around twice thinking they were just a twist to release system, but nothing.

I bought a bunch of grade 5, 1/2"x3.5" bolts with lock washers, nuts and bolts.
There were no factory bolts in place at all so I took a guess and I'll find out tomorow or next week if I guessed right or not...


What size of bolts do I need for the rear shackles?
Previous owner ground the heads off of one side and just left it.

Rear shocks are also 1/2 way off the top bolts...what a jollopy...
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:31 PM   #4
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Re: Front shock install for dumbies?

I just replaced the bolts on the rear shackles of my '73 K20 and they were 9/16 X 4 1/2".
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:18 PM   #5
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Re: Front shock install for dumbies?

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I just replaced the bolts on the rear shackles of my '73 K20 and they were 9/16 X 4 1/2".
Thanks!

I bought 20 or so 4" x 1/2" bolts...looks like its back to the hardware store this weekend.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:08 AM   #6
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Re: Front shock install for dumbies?

Just put the round peg in the round hole.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:04 PM   #7
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Just put the round peg in the round hole.
That's super helpful
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