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11/15/11 5:56pm - Original Message: 'Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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The KYBs came today, so I know what Im doing on my day off tomorrow...Thumbs Up.
 
Ok heres the question.
 
The new shocks came with a packing strap around them (top to bottom). Does this get cut off before or after install??????
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11/15/11 7:39pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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Your Joking Right?
 
If not....DO NOT CUT STRAPS UNTIL SHOCKS ARE ON MOUNTS AND SECURE!
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11/15/11 8:01pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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Yah what EBO said, don't be cuttin those straps till you get em mounted,dats a whole lotta greief ya dont want ShockedCensored

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11/15/11 11:21pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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Well now...it really depends on if you are able to remove the shipping straps after installing the shocks. The rears won't be a problem...the fronts may be a different story....kinda limited amount of room in the front to get to them to cut the straps off....

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11/15/11 11:27pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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I'm with Ebo on this one..don't want any explosions!! Now that's funny!!

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11/16/11 8:58am - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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See I told you it was a dumb question.......still I didnt know the answer.
Thanks!!!!! Im glad I didnt cut them yet.......
 
Stay tuned for more dumb questions to follow...........


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11/16/11 9:57am - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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There's no dumb questions, Dan! What is dumb is NOT asking questions and then screwing something up! Most of the answers you get on here are as much EXPERIENCE as KNOWLEGE! No sense in making the same mistakes someone else has! We're all here to help! (most of the time!)
 
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11/16/11 10:55am - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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Dan, I guess that I'm dumb (eboEvil Smile made me that way) because I cut mine as soon as removing them from the box. I does get a little tricky installing them but it's wasn't such a problem. You have to compress them then be quick about running the bolt thru.

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11/16/11 1:15pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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if you have arms as big as your legs it shouldn't be a problem if you cut em before.

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11/16/11 1:25pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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We are talking about shocks right???

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11/16/11 9:37pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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Well its all done.....

New spring installed, trailing arms painted, shocks installed.
 
If it I had to keep it up on two wheels any longer Pennsylvania was going to make me register it as a motorcycle.......
 
I did it all by myself. This was a milestone for me....I did have the moral support (and watchful eyes) of all  my C3VR buds, and a huge supply of information from the site.
 
Im totally shocked (no pun intended) that I can now push down on the rear end and get some bounce. Ive never had that before. Like I said it rode like a solid axle lumber wagon.
 
I cant wait to drive it....
 
So a big thanks to all of you for the help, information and motivation!!!!!!


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11/16/11 9:47pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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See you may have a future outside of the tile buisness, professional Shock Mounter!
Good job Rook, (nice name rook...I like that!)
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11/16/11 9:53pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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All in all the shock remount was the hardest part.....Apparently prior owner in putting on those monroe shocks squeezed the upper shock mount so tight and I had to beat it open for the new upper mounts to fit.....

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11/16/11 11:44pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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You know, I always thought the rear of your car looked a little low! You probably had no "spring" in the spring!  Big smile 
 
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11/17/11 11:31pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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The Rook said: All in all the shock remount was the hardest part.....Apparently prior owner in putting on those monroe shocks squeezed the upper shock mount so tight and I had to beat it open for the new upper mounts to fit.....


I always use a tiny dab of anti seize what I slide the chocks on. Always one on and off nice and easy...

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11/18/11 11:53am - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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Glad you got it done..there's nothing like being able to do it yourself! !

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11/18/11 1:40pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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So....Dan.....HOW DOES IT RIDE? Does ya likes it er whut? Inkwirein mines wanna no.....Star

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11/18/11 8:09pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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Adams' Apple said: So....Dan.....HOW DOES IT RIDE? Does ya likes it er whut? Inkwirein mines wanna no.....Star


Like it? noooo way I love it.....

Its awsome...how do I describe it....like someone parked a new vette in my garage while I was sleeping....
 
 
One of the most notable changes is the lack of squeaks and rattles in the cabin.
 
I took some bumpy roads and it was a super smooth ride.
 
 


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11/18/11 11:48pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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Told you so!!!!!!!!
I Knew you would love it!
 
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11/20/11 8:48pm - Reply: 'Re: Rooks dumb question of the week....'
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I agree the only dumb question is the one you didnt ask
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