Just bought some rear shocks from Rock Auto, going to install them, any advice ?

I did install my front ones last year.

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Comment by Eric K on August 15, 2015 at 3:35pm

Just installed the Gabriels on my car a couple of weeks ago and ran into the same issue. I re-used the squished bushings from the old shocks to get around it but I think now I'll revisit and split the bushings as you suggest Jason.

Comment by Jason Edge on June 29, 2015 at 1:23pm

I have never used them but look like excellent shocks from what I have seen from sources online.

Comment by Joe DiIaconi on June 29, 2015 at 12:07pm
What is your opinion on the AC Delco shocks that I've purchased?
Comment by Jason Edge on June 29, 2015 at 8:29am

I have been using the Gabriel gas cushioned shocks on the front and rear for 15+ years with excellent results. As Russ indicated, on the rear you have to slice the rubber biscuit in half on one end due to short threaded stud, but it is the upper not the bottom. To make attachment easy I simply cut one biscuit in half and use it above and below the mount.  Since the upper car frame shock mount is the stationary part of the shock, I have had no issues in mounting in this manner. Of course it would be nice if they were a 1/2" longer to make this step unnecessary but have otherwise found these to be the perfect shocks for our cars. The Rear shocks are Gabriel 82125 and Fronts are 82109.   Sometimes the suppliers are out of stock and I usually keep a sets on hand for customers at a marginal markup.  I sell the fronts and rears for $45 a set.

Comment by Joe DiIaconi on June 29, 2015 at 6:13am
AC Delco part number 520353
Comment by Russ Austin on June 28, 2015 at 11:37pm

What brand and part # did you get?  There is a brand that shows its for our cars, but the lower mount stud is too short. Folks get by, with shaving the lower rubber bushing in half.

Comment by Joe DiIaconi on June 28, 2015 at 4:25pm

Dude you are the Fashizzle my Nizzle !

PS I happen to have a can of PB blaster & a vise grip, never thought about the steel brush to remove rust, that's why I come here for advice :)

Comment by Russ Austin on June 28, 2015 at 3:58pm

Spray penetrating oil on the threads. My favorite is PB blaster.  Brush the threads with a steel brush to get the rust off the threads. Take vise grips under the car with you, to grab the shock shaft.


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