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Old 07-22-2016, 01:05 PM   #1
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Installing front and rear shocks

I feel like an idiot. Hahaha

I bought some upgraded Bilstein shocks for our 2012 Hurricane 30q and I'm wondering how hard they are to install? I am somewhat mechanical (worked on Harleys and so froth). I'm not sure I have the right tools and would I need an air impact to put them on? I was going to pay a shop to do it, who said it was a simple 30-45 minute job, but they can't do it today like I'd hoped.

I have searched youtube and I'm coming up with nothing. Thanks for your help!

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Old 07-22-2016, 10:42 PM   #2
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"ghoticov".....Shock replacement is pretty straight forward. Air tools make it easy, but a 1/2" drive ratchet set will do. Often the top bolt (stud) on the rears can be hard to get a wrench on and turn. I've always found it easier to disconnect the bottom bolt, put a box end on the top nut and use your hands to turn the upper shock body. The box end wrench will turn and lock against the frame. Once it does, just twist the shock until it comes off. Install the new one the same way.

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Old 07-24-2016, 03:42 PM   #3
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I googled "youtube installing shocks on motorhome" and got a few videos. See if you have the same luck.
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Old 07-24-2016, 07:20 PM   #4
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When I replaced mine, the impact wrench was the key. The torque value is 165 lb/ft. You could try a cheater bar on a breaker bar to bust the nuts loose and to tighten the nut/bolt on the new shock, but the impact wrench was zip, zip done. Other than that, it's simple. I sat in the wheel wells up front and sat between frame rails in the back and had the whole job done in under an hour.
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I have replaced the shocks on my last two DP coaches myself. Put Koni's on the Vectra 3 months ago. A 1/2 impact is the ticket, so is removing the rear tires. On Freightliner coaches the rear shocks are close to the inside rear tires making them real hard to work on from underneath, especially the top bolt. Not to mention the shock bolts are big and very tight. My impact wrench struggled and that was with the tires removed. I dont think I could have done it without removing the tires. Your chassis may be easier to get to and probably has smaller bolts, hopefully not corroded. My front shocks had studs on both ends and were a real bear to get off. I cleaned the threads, oiled them and still they were not budging. Hardly any room for the impact wrench. Ended up having to use a pipe wrench to hold the shock body from spinning while using the impact. I needed 3 arms but only had two. The impact got a real work out because those nuts fought the whole way. I suggest crawling under to check the clearance around your shock mounting hardware to see how difficult it would be.
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