in the home stretch now !
off the nut and washer temporarily used to hold the shock on at
the top. Now re-install with the new upper washer, bushing, and
Center on the hole / opening.
while tightening up the upper nut, you have to worry again about
the piston rod rotating while you are trying to turn the nut. But
in this case (thanks to some great German engineering), most Bilstein
units have an Allen hex-opening manufactured into the threaded rod,
so you can hold the rod still by inserting an Allen Wrench tool.
you just need to tighten up the nut on the shock. In this instance,
Bilstein recommends 35 - 46 foot/lbs of torque. Once the shock is
tightened up, don't forget to reinstall that Ford plastic clip for
the brake line. NEVER USE A POWER TOOL TO TIGHTEN UP THE TOP
NUT ON A SHOCK ABSORBER! YOU CAN STRIP THE THREADS OFF !
CHECK YOUR INSTALLATION !
back and make sure all the bolts and nuts are tight! Make sure there
are no pinched brake lines, wires, etc. that may come in contact
with moving suspension parts.
Done ! Enjoy your new shocks !
Some people have emailed me about an alignment. In this case, with
a shock installation, you are not altering any alignment specs on
the suspension, so it's really not needed. In some areas (for instance,
the county I live in), a repair shop has to do an alignment with
any installation of shocks or struts, it is the law.
mechanically, it's not needed. (this does not apply to changing
struts, which are an integral part of a suspension, and in those
cases, you MUST have an alignment).