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Old 04-17-2015, 05:25 AM   #1
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Off with the Monroe's - On with the Bilstein's

Yesterday I replaced the original front Monroe shocks on our 2005, 26K mile Endeavor with Bilsteins. The original shocks were definitely worn out and could easily be collapsed. Some of the rubber bushings were torn and loose.
The Bilstein shocks are highly rated and I'm glad I have them on but if I had to do it over again I would go back with new Monroe shocks. Why? Well these shocks have a pin mount on top and you are required to hold the pin from turning while you remove or install the top mounting bolt. The Monroe shocks have a 3/4" nut welded to top of the shock body which makes this task easy. The Bilstein shocks require using vice grips to hold the top of the stem while you tighten the nut. I've heard this describes as a PIA but it's worse than that. You have to do most of the work by feel in these tight areas and getting the vice grips on just right is a hit and miss operation. What should have been a simple 2 hour job turned into a whole day project.
I understand that the Monroe shocks work just fine but don't last as long as the Bilstein shocks. For my money I would rather put on Monroe shocks 3 times rather than Bilsteins once.
Just my thoughts for anyone contemplating replacing your front shocks.
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Keep in mind that all models are not the same though...I just replaced my monroes two weeks ago with bilsteins and the top was the same attachment setup as the bottom (hole that you put a bolt thru and then nut on end). I had to put four shocks on the front and I was done in two hours no issues.
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Old 04-17-2015, 06:19 AM   #3
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Bill, I agree. A dumb design. I changed all 8 of mine. Some were a real pain. Removing the tires would have made it easier. Having a nut at the base would have been nice. Next time I will use the check book to have them installed.
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Keep in mind that all models are not the same though...I just replaced my monroes two weeks ago with bilsteins and the top was the same attachment setup as the bottom (hole that you put a bolt thru and then nut on end). I had to put four shocks on the front and I was done in two hours no issues.
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My 4 rear shocks have the thru bolt arrangement on both ends so perhaps these will be easier to do when I get around to them. Don't know how easy they are to get to. I used an impact wrench to remove the thru bolts on the front shocks. I'm not sure you can get to the upper bolts on the rear shocks with an impact wrench. That would seem to be the only difficult part for changing out the rear shocks.
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Bill, yep I have to do the rears next year....I saw a couple tricks on here like removing the rear docking lights to get into the top bolts...we will have to do some research on here for any tips!!
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