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Old 02-19-2008, 09:09 AM   #1
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OK, I am going to show my ignorance on this one. Is it possible to install the Koni shocks on the F53 chassis by yourself or is there special gear you need. Please don't be brutal pointing out my ignorance
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OK, I am going to show my ignorance on this one. Is it possible to install the Koni shocks on the F53 chassis by yourself or is there special gear you need. Please don't be brutal pointing out my ignorance
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:26 PM   #3
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I have a Spartan Alpine GT chassis and not an F53 BUT...

I think in my case I need a 1/2" or larger air impact and socket, a liberal pre-soaking of some rust eating penetrant spray on the bolt/threads and some patience. I am planning on doing mine this coming weekend so I will let you all know how it goes.

Not knowing your particular model, I would still think that some HD versions of common hand/air tools should do the trick. If mine won't budge, I will go to my FIL's for the BIG compressor and REALLY BIG air impact wrench.
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I put a new set of shocks on my 1999 with my 1/2" drive tools.
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Old 02-19-2008, 03:27 PM   #5
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I put Monroe's on mine, but did it with My 1/2 drive impact and sockets. The rears were a little difficult but no big deal.
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Old 02-19-2008, 04:46 PM   #6
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Any other tools necessary than the wrenches?
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I put mine on with just hand tools and grunt work. If they come with straps holding them don't cut the strap until the top of the shock is installed and slide the bottom bolt in as it's working it's way down after you've cut he strap. And if you miss use a small jack to realign.
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:24 AM   #8
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by bjbkkb:
OK, I am going to show my ignorance on this one. Is it possible to install the Koni shocks on the F53 chassis by yourself or is there special gear you need. Please don't be brutal pointing out my ignorance </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It depends on your physical condition. If you are accustomed to heavy work and in reasonably good health then it can be done with a good quality and length 1/2 drive breaker bar and ratchet set with 6 point sockets. Air tools of good quality can make the job easier however most of the homeowners grade air tools would usually be insufficient. I have seen some air tools that were their owner pride and joy but were not capable of removing shocks from a Dodge Caravan. These were usually owned by dear friends who were of slight build and not accustomed to heavy work so they were not physically capable of applying the force required to use the breaker bar. A little assistence from a 250 lb gorilla with a breaker bar is usually all it takes to overcome this.

Respectable breaker bar:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=30395


Sockets:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=1676

Gorilla of your choosing.
ie: http://z.about.com/d/phoenix/1/5/b/b/gorilla.jpg

If a gorilla is not available then air tools of this caliber may be required:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=2623
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Neil V thanks. Love your "Gorilla of your choosing"
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I used combination wrenches and a short handle 10 lb. sledge hammer. There is not that much room under there for the long breaker bars. Brute force rather than torque, in my case. The fronts are easy it's the rears that take the time and patence.
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I just switched over to the Konis at home. Took off the old Motorcrafts. Got 3 switched over just using a good impact wrench in about an hour. The 4th one must have been torqued almost to the point of breaking. I bought a 25" breaker bar but couldn't enough swing with it to work. Finally put my socket wrench on the nut and let it wrap around to the axle and used my 1 1/8" combination wrench on the bolt with a floor jack pushing on the end of the wrench to finally break it loose. Even then I had to get almost a half turn before the impact wrench would finish the job.
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Ditto on the floor jack. Replaced my rear shocks and set the wrench on frame and used the floor jack to push handle of other wrench up. Lowered jack, reset wrench and did this 4 or 5 times before I could turn by hand. Also soaked the system with liquid wrench a few days prior. This system seemed to be well controlled and safe. Be aware the gas lines do run on the rails of the frame near the bolts.
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