how hard should it be to compress rear shocks?


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how hard should it be to compress rear shocks?

Postby twocams » Sun Jan 31, 2016 4:54 pm



I removed the rear shocks and drained the oil. I can't compress the shocks (2) at all by just pushing down on them by hand. I didnt try with my 12 ton press. Is there a reason why they won't compress at all or is it that I just don't have anyassatall? Now that I have them installed I still can't push the rear down. Are they just good springs?

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Re: how hard should it be to compress rear shocks?

Postby injunjoe535 » Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:49 pm

Those springs are pretty hefty, not sure even Ahnold could compress them by hand. I've seen a video on u tube where a guy used some pipe collars and threaded rod to compress the shock and remove the spring. Of course I cant find that video now, if I do I'll add it to this post. Anyway, using your press should get the job done.

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Re: how hard should it be to compress rear shocks?

Postby twocams » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:05 pm

Thanks injunjoe,
It is stronger than I thought. Which is fine, I read so much about sagging rear springs. Or bottoming out or.... Ya if you find that video let me know.

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Re: how hard should it be to compress rear shocks?

Postby injunjoe535 » Sat Sep 24, 2016 3:52 pm

Twocams, I figure better late than never. Unbelievable that 9 months has passed since your original post and you've probably replaced those springs by now. But as promised, here's that video I was referring to so long ago.



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Re: how hard should it be to compress rear shocks?

Postby twocams » Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:43 pm

Hey thanks,
That was better late. Im thinkin. :shock:

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