Rancho RS5000 Shocks
We'll cover the basic steps involved in replacing standard shock absorbers on a pickup truck. It is always recommended that you replace shocks in pairs, front or back. For example, if you're front right shock is blown, you will also want to replace your front left shock.
- STEP 1: First, block the wheels. Then loosen the lug nuts on whichever end of the vehicle you're doing – just loosen, don’t remove them yet. If your shock hardware looks rusty, its not a bad idea at this point to spray each end of the shock hardware with penetrating oil before getting started.
- STEP 2: Jack the truck up and secure it on stands, making sure it’s secure and won't fall off since you’ll be working underneath. Lift the rear axle with a floor jack positioned near the lower shock mount and place the jack stand so its cradling the axle. Repeat this process on the other side so the entire rear axle is elevated.
- STEP 3: Next, put on some safety glasses and slide under the truck. Remove the upper shock retaining bolt using a ratchet and socket. If the top of your shock mount uses a threaded rod, you may need a separate tool to prevent the rod from spinning while loosening the top nut.
- STEP 4: Remove the bottom shock bolt using a box end wrench to hold the bolt head and the ratchet and socket to loosen the nut. Give the bolt a few taps with a hammer to knock it free after you make sure you can turn it with the wrench. If you don't have new hardware, take care not to damage the threads.
- STEP 5: Attach the new shock to the truck, starting with the upper shock bolts and washers. Then remove the shock retainer to allow it to expand. Compress it slightly to line it up with the bottom shock bolt and secure the bolt with the nut. Tighten it securely.
- STEP 6: Repeat this procedure for the other side of the vehicle.
- STEP 7: Remove any tools, packaging and other debris out from under the vehicle. Make sure all appropriate hardware is tightened including your lug nuts. Lower the vehicle, remove the wheel blocks and go for a test drive.
Note: These instructions are intended for general installation and may not be complete for every make, model and year. Consult your owner’s manual and the specific instructions included with your shock absorbers for further detail and additional safety precautions.