Huh Huh vanzercool
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Woodridge, Illinois
Bronco Info: 2005 Chevrolet Venture, 1997 Acura TL
You're going to need the suspension to hang and the tire out of the way to make changing the shocks a not so horrific experience. One guy here fought for days trying to get a shock out, because he didn't want to (or couldn't) lift the truck. Honestly it's just plain easy to change shocks with the tires out of the way. Well worth the time to take those off and give you a grand canyon worth of room. Get a floorjack and jackstands, and take the tires off. You don't need to raise the suspension back up to meet the shock. bolt in the topside, cut the plastic keeping the shock in the compressed position, and slide the lower bolt in place as the shock extends. the first time or 2 will be awkward, by shock 4 you'll have it figured out.
Rust prevention, in michigan? Good luck. A lot of stuff in this industry is opinion based. Read different products and their reviews, and make your call. Many here like the POR-15. You could paint the underside/undercarriage with chassis saver as well. All of this stuff is MESSY. It'll much easier to spray this stuff on than it is to brush it. Definitely NOT a job for the middle of winter, it's too cold for the undercoating to stick. the surfaces also need to be clean too. Wait til summer, or pay a pro to do it.
2005 Chevy Venture. 1997 Acura TL. $500 beater.
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New nuts are in the plan.