Ram B1500, B2500, B3500, 1999-2003

Shock Absorbers

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Support the axle.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Upper bolt
     
    Lower bolt
     
    Shock absorber

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    Fig. Rear shock absorber mounting-Ram Trucks

     

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To install:

  1. Install the bolts through the brackets and shock and tighten them as follows:

    Tighten the upper bolt to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm) and the lower bolt to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm) on 2001-02 models; 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm) for upper and lower on 2003-05 models.
     

  2.  

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower shock absorber mounting nut and bolt from the axle bracket.
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  5. Remove the upper mounting nut, retainers and bolt.
  6.  
  7. Remove the shock absorber from the vehicle. If necessary, remove the spacer tube from the upper shock absorber eye.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear shock absorber mounting

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To install:

  1. Install the shock absorber in the axle bracket and install the bolt and nut.
  2.  
  3. Install the spacer tube in the upper shock absorber eye.
  4.  
  5. Position the shock absorber to the frame rail bracket. Install the inner retainer, bolt, outer retainer and nut.
  6.  
  7. Tighten the shock absorber mounting nuts to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Remove the supports, then carefully lower the vehicle.
  10.  

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle securely on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the upper shock mounting hardware.
  4.  
  5. Remove the lower mounting hardware.
  6.  
  7. Remove the shock absorber.
  8.  

To install:

  1. When installing the shock absorber, make sure the upper bushings are in the correct position.
  2.  
  3. Some shocks should be purged of air before fitting: extend the unit, then turn the unit upside down and compress it several times. There may be more resistance to extension than compression.
  4.  
  5. Replace any worn or cracked bushings.
  6.  
  7. Tighten the shock absorber mounting hardware:

    On Ram: 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm)
     
    On Dakota and Durango: 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
     

  8.  
  9. Lower the vehicle.
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Fig. Removing lower shock mount hardware



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Fig. Some new shocks should have the air purged before fitting

Testing & Inspection



Refer to the "Front Suspension" for shock absorber testing information.

 
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