So in steps 2 and 6, it mentions marking the shocks when vehicle is on level ground--so one can raise it to that level during replacement.QUOTE]
1. Why? What's the purpose of this?
I'm swagging this but, assuming we are dealing with gas shocks, this would establish the amount of load on the lower bolt which could in theory have extra load put on it impacting correct torque...
2. How? The shock is stuck way in there; how can I get a proper reading on the old shock and transfer it to the new one?
IMHO, I wouldn't worry about it! Just change em out.
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